This weekend saw a record 1500 fans show up at Infineon Raceway in the US to see the Chevrolet powered teams of KV Racing Tech, Panther, Andretti Motorsport and Penske. Among the drivers was one Rubens Barrichello who was doing his second test for KV Racing and admitted that the team want him and he wants the drive. It looks likely that a deal will be announced in the next two weeks. Furthermore it would appear that Rubens will do a full season ovals and all as when asked what he thinks about the road course heavy 2012 calendar he quipped “My wife loves it!”. This year sees the re-introduction of engine competition with former spec supplier Honda batteling it out with Chevrolet and Lotus (Judd) with new 2.2 Litre turbo V6 engines. Furthermore a new Dallara car is being fielded this year with teams allowed to develop their own small aero packages from next season. Its a great time for Rubens to enter the series as there is new carbon brakes and flappy paddle gear boxes which have been standard in F1 for some years now.
Other racers without F1 drives have been mapping out their season with Trulli saying there are various offers on the table. Sam Bird the former GP2 driver and Mercedes test driver has made the odd decision to go to the World Series by Renault. An odd decision for the Britian as while the series has provided F1 drivers over the years it is seen as a lower competition than GP2 but I feel he’s not wanting to stagnate.
Talking of GP2 the grid there is starting to take shape for an expanded 2012 calendar with James Calado being of particular interest to British fans. The racer won a race at the one-off non championship round in Yas Marina at the end of last year and is going to be racing for the Lotus supported ART team. For those of you watching on Sky Sports this year in the UK, GP2 and 3 races will be shown live on the F1 channel – which for everyones sake we hope its a lot better than Autosport did last year.