This weekend's Yas Marina GP2 event is a freebie in many ways. Not in the financial sense, obviously, but for those with big decisions to make for next year it is a chance to get far more out of some November track time than would be the case if they were pounding round Barcelona or Jerez in testing mode.
For the first time in GP2's history, it is holding a race which will not count for points. GP2 Asia is no more, as we prepare for a more global calendar next year, but the category was always down to support this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. So the idea to hold a one-off non-points event was conceived, and it has attracted a mix of drivers.
There are plenty of racers with GP2 experience who have signed up, many with different teams to the ones with which they raced in the 2011 season, surely hoping that a change of equipment will vault them up the order. But there will be some fresh meat on the grid too, as young drivers from further down the single-seater ladder - namely the GP3 Series - prepare for their first taste of the big cars they have joined on the Formula 1 support bill for the past year or two.
So who better than someone who made that very step at the start of this year to offer some words of advice. The 2010 GP3 champion Esteban Gutierrez notched up a win in his maiden GP2 campaign this year, which is an achievement not to be sniffed at given the experienced field he was up against for his first season.
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