The GP2 Series took on a different look in 2011, and that wasn't just because a new car and tyre supplier were introduced. The stakes are always high when young drivers are within touching distance of the Formula 1 paddock, but never before had such a wealth of experience been on show at the front of the grid.
Or in other words, never before had so many been sat in the last-chance saloon. Very few of the drivers at the front had the excuse of a lack of experience, and many of them had very important people who they had to impress if they wanted to keep their career going in the right direction.
That certainly applied to Romain Grosjean, who entered the season as the title favourite after winning the truncated Asia Series at the start of the year. The Frenchman was as experienced as anyone at this level, but this was to be his first full season in GP2 since 2008.
The brief for Grosjean was simple. Renault F1 team boss Eric Boullier has been managing his career since the aftermath of his short and painful stint in grand prix racing with the same team at the end of 2009, and he wanted to see that the 25-year-old Frenchman was a changed man.
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Glenn Freeman is the editor of Autosport.com. After 10 years of karting, he decided that writing about motorsport would put less strain on his dad's bank balance than competing, and after obtaining his NCTJ qualifications in newspaper journalism, he joined Motorsport News in 2005.
As deputy racing editor, he covered British Formula 3 and selected international events. He also got the chance to take on boyhood hero Nigel Mansell in a kart race and beat the 1992 world champion.
Glenn left MN to become Autosport.com's international editor in September 2006 and joined the magazine's news desk in January 2008, spending six years as news editor. During that time he covered four seasons of DTM and a year of GP2/GP3, before switching to Formula Renault 3.5 from 2012-14. He became the website's editor in 2014.