Four seats TBA in GP2 final

Addax have confirmed that Jolyon Palmer, who drove for Arden this season, will be one of their two drivers for the GP2 final in Abu Dhabi. The second will be American Jake Rosenzweig from Formula Renault. At Ocean Racing, French driver Nicolas Marroc will be joining Antonio Felix da Costa. Marroc currently drives in the International GT Open, but last year took part in the F3 Euroseries. He is the third Frenchman currently signed up for the final.
The remaining seats to be announced are at Arden and Super Nova.

In the young drivers’ test, Dani Clos (GP2) will be driving for HRT; Renault/Lotus will have Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robert Wickens, Estonian Kevin Korjus, and their reserve driver Jan Charouz; and Max Chilton will be driving for Force India.
Korjus will be only the second Estonian to drive an F1 car, and along with Kevin Ceccon will be one of the first drivers called ‘Kevin’ in an F1 car since 1981.

Race of Champions
Marussia Virgin’s Timo Glock will be competing in the ROC alongside Timo Scheider, the German touring car star. They will make up a second German team, with the first being Schumacher and Vettel.

In other news, former F1 driver for Williams and Team Lotus and American CART champion Alex Zanardi, who was injured in a CART accident in 2001, has won the New York Marathon handcycling class. Good work!

Another American Grand Prix

Monte Carlo. Singapore. New York. In 2013, all three will feature on the Formula One calendar. While some may feel it is unfair that the US will have two races, it is a large country. Certainly it’s a lot larger than Spain, which has hosted two Grands Prix since 2008.
Officials in New Jersey announced the proposed race today that will take place across the river from the famous Manhattan skyline. Though not in New York Ci9ty itself, this video of the route taken by a local shows that the race will certainly afford some great views:

Adam Hay-Nicholls of GP Week and the Metro also posted some photos on Twitter: view from the pits; pit buildings under construction; the local ferry that takes 8 minutes to get to New York. (All pics, of course, by Adam)

I think this is a great opportunity for America. It may have a smaller F1 fanbase in terms of percentage, but I have met via Twitter plenty of enthusiastic racing fans from the US who pay attention to ‘European’ racing. And with Alex Rossi in the wings at Team Lotus, as well as Conor Daly and Jake Rosenzweig hoping for F1 in the future, they could have drivers to support as well.