Seven race weekends down, three to go. GP2 2008 is winding up to a championship climax that could eclipse those of Nico Rosberg vs Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton vs Nelson Piquet, and Timo Glock vs Lucas di Grassi.
Before the last round in Hungary, it looked increasingly likely that Giorgio Pantano would romp to this year's title with Racing Engineering. Besides Monaco, where he was punted off, Pantano had enjoyed mainly trouble-free Saturdays, when most points are on offer, and built up a 15-point advantage over iSport International's Bruno Senna coming into the Hungaroring.
Senna, meanwhile, has had some disastrous weekends, none more so than in Turkey. Of course, that will be remembered for 'dog-gate', when a hapless mutt strayed onto the track and was run-over by the Brazilian, putting Bruno out of the race. But his weekend had already been compromised by a first-corner clash that wrecked his chances of a decent score.
Giorgio Pantano © LAT
And then there was Magny-Cours, where he was plagued by technical problems after putting everything on the line to qualify on pole. Meantime, Pantano had been racking up the points quite nicely, thank you.