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Runners-Up Spot Up For Grabs At Abu Dhabi

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The 2010 season of the GP2 Series concludes at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit this weekend, in support of the 2010 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After Pastor Maldonado wrapped up the championship at the previous round in Monza, all eyes will be on the four-way battle for second in the standings.

Sergio Perez currently holds second place for the Barwa Addax Team. Since the previous race weekend the Mexican has secured a race seat in F1 with Sauber for 2011, but will be looking to bow out in style this weekend, ahead of his first test for Sauber at the Abu Dhabi circuit next week.

Eight points behind Perez is top GP2 rookie Jules Bianchi, driving for ART Grand Prix. Despite being so close behind Perez in the points, Bianchi is yet to win a race this season, compared to Perez's 4 wins. The Frenchman will also be in action at the F1 young driver test next week for Ferrari, for whom he will be reserve driver in 2011.

Racing Engineering's Dani Clos and Bianchi's ART teammate Sam Bird are also mathematically in with a chance of taking second place, lying 17 and 18 points behind Perez respectively. Bird, who will test for Mercedes GP next week, took his first GP2 win at the last race in Monza.

The teams' title is still up for grabs heading to the season finale. Rapax Team lead the way thanks mainly to Maldonado, but Barwa Addax and ART Grand Prix remain in the hunt.

The Abu Dhabi round marks the final race weekend for the GP2/08 car, after three seasons in competition. It will also be the final round for tyre supplier Bridgestone, who have partnered the series since its debut in 2005.

There are three changes of driver for the final race weekend of the year. James Jakes will make his GP2 main series debut for Scuderia Coloni in place of Alvaro Parente, having raced in GP3 in 2010. Jakes has raced in the previous two GP2 Asia Series campaigns for Super Nova Racing, scoring two podium finishes.

Federico Leo will be making his GP2 debut this weekend, replacing Edoardo Piscopo at Trident Racing. The Italian has raced for Trident in Auto GP this year in addition to his Formula Renault 3.5 commitments.

Finally, Josef Kral will return to the driving seat at Super Nova, having been ruled out with injury after his major accident at Valencia. He replaces Luca Filippi in the No.5 car.

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