GP2 championship leader Fabio Leimer says he has no reason to feel nervous or under pressure heading into this weekend’s title decider at Yas Marina.
Leimer will begin the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix-supporting event with a seven-point lead over Mercedes Formula 1 test driver Sam Bird, while Felipe Nasr, Stefano Coletti and James Calado are still in contention as well.
“There is no reason to become nervous when you finally get the chance to achieve what you have worked so hard for,” said Leimer, who made his GP2 debut in the 2009-’10 Asia series. “Pressure is not a problem because we have been working for this for several years. It’s good that we go to Abu Dhabi with a seven-point lead, but we have to focus on the race weekend and not the championship.”
There has been a six-week gap between the penultimate GP2 round in Singapore and this weekend’s finale, but Leimer said that had not affected his preparations.
“Yes, it was quite a long break, but nothing changed,” he added. “My preparation is still the same as it was at the beginning of the season. I do not like the idea of changing something during a season when it has worked well so far.”
With 48 points available this weekend, five drivers can still win this year’s GP2 championship. However, with four points on offer for pole position on Friday. Coletti and Calado could be out of the title picture before the start of race one.
1 Fabio Leimer 179
2 Sam Bird 172
3 Felipe Nasr 148
4 Stefano Coletti 135
5 James Calado 134
Race one pole position: 4
Race one win: 25
Race one fastest lap: 2
Race two win: 15
Race two fastest lap: 2