2014 was a very good season of GP2 Series racing, with ten different race winners and six more drivers finishing on the podium, but ultimately we saw fourth-year driver Jolyon Palmer claim the title for DAMS, the teams’ third drivers champion in four years.
Some of the more experienced drivers found form but were given a hard time by a number of impressive performances from rookie drivers, with Stoffel Vandoorne, Arthur Pic, Raffaele Marciello and Marco Sorensen all taking wins in their first years in the series, while Felipe Nasr, Mitch Evans and Stephane Richelmi also took their maiden wins during the year.
The Checkered Flag now looks back at the 2014 GP2 Series season, and rates our top ten drivers of the year.
10) Marco Sorensen
Despite only joining the series for the races at Silverstone in July, Marco Sorensen managed to take eleventh place in the championship and took MP Motorsport’s first ever GP2 Series win in Sochi in October.
The Dane, whose primary series in 2014 was the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, took the seat that was raced first by Jon Lancaster and then by Tio Ellinas in the early races, and immediately scored points for ninth place in the Feature race at Silverstone, and also finished inside the points in the Sprint race. He had a great drive for fourth in the wet/dry Hockenheim Sprint race, and also took a point during the Hungaroring Feature race, meaning he scored points in his first five GP2 races.
Sorensen had a low-key weekend at Spa-Francorchamps where he was unable to finish inside the points, but was back on form at Monza where he took seventh in the Feature race and fourth again in the Sprint race.
It all came good for the MP Motorsport driver in Sochi however, with the Dane able to convert an eighth place finish in the Feature race, which gave him pole position for the Sprint race, into a win on the Sunday morning, holding off the in-form Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Nasr for the duration, including through a late safety car period.
Despite a disappointing end to the year in Abu Dhabi, Sorensen had impressed during his stay in the GP2 Series, and should he return for 2015, which could be likely, he should be one of the drivers to watch next season, and it would not be a surprise to see him making a championship challenge.