GP2 Champion Valsecchi now targets F1 seat
24 September 2012 – Saturday saw Davide Valsecchi claim the GP2 title on the streets of Singapore, fending off a stiff 2012 challenger from Brazilian Luiz Razia. The Italian now hopes to continue up the racing ladder and make it to Formula 1 in 2013.
“It's unbelievable!” he said, having won the title with Eric Boullier’s DAMS team as Romain Grosjean had done 12 months earlier. “It's a really good feeling and I'm really, really happy because this year we had a great season. I drove really well and our car was really competitive almost every time.
“When it was important, DAMS and I didn't make any mistakes and we showed this year - with four victories, ten podiums and six fastest laps - that we were the best!”
Since GP2 began in 2005, its Champion has always gone on to earn an F1 seat the following year, with the exception of Giorgio Pantano who picked up the crown in 2008.
“In Italy they always say there is no Italian driver in Formula 1 - but before now who deserved it?” asks Valsecchi, 25 and from Eupilio in the Italian Province of Como. “Last year we finished second with Filippi, which was fantastic but we were unlucky because it was second. The year before there was no Italian and before that there was Pantano, who was a great Champion but there was the story that he had been in Formula 1 before and that maybe he was too old.
“This year there is another Italian Champion…I really hope to have the chance because at the moment we are strong enough to use it, so I really hope I will have a chance and that I can show that I deserve to be there, that I'm ready and I'm strong enough. I would sign right now!”
GP2 Champions - 2005-2012:
2005 - Nico Rosberg
2006 - Lewis Hamilton
2007 - Timo Glock
2008 - Giorgio Pantano
2009 - Nico Hülkenberg
2010 - Pastor Maldonado
2011 - Romain Grosjean
2012 - Davide Valsecchi