Andrea Caldarelli – 9
After two rounds of the GP3 2011 season, Andrea Caldarelli was second in the championship and just two points away from Nigel Melker’s lead. This season has been so close that the 20 points he scored then are not far off the lead. If he came back for the final two rounds, he could still win. But instead, he has gone to drive in Formula Nippon where he is doing a lot worse. Well, that was his own choice.
The Italian driver picked up points in all four of his races, taking two fastest laps, and came second in the Istanbul feature race as well. He probably won’t finish in the top ten, but he could have done really well if he’d stayed in GP3. He’d qualified second in both rounds, only missing out on pole in Barcelona due to having his fastest lap deleted. A great driver. But even if he gets more money in Japan, I still think he made a serious mistake.
Best qualifying: 2
Worst qualifing: 2
Best finish: 2 (Istanbul feature)
Worst finish: 5 (Istanbul sprint)