French driver Romain Grosjean clinched the GP2 series title last weekend with a couple of races still to be run. He is not the first competitor from the Formula 3 Euro Series to win the GP2 title.
Five of the seven previous GP2 champions learnt their craft in the Formula 3 Euro Series: Nico Rosberg (2005), Lewis Hamilton (2006), Timo Glock (2007), Nico Hülkenberg (2009) and now Romain Grosjean.
Following their title success, Rosberg, Hamilton, Glock and Hülkenberg made their way into Formula One. Romain Grosjean shares that ambition; he contested seven Formula One races during the 2009 season. Back then, he replaced Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Jr. for Renault, but was unable to secure a regular drive in the premier class.
Apart from Grosjean, other aspiring drivers from the Formula 3 Euro Series also lined up on the GP2 grid this year. Giedo van der Garde, placed sixth in the 2006 Euro Series, and Jules Bianchi, 2009 Euro Series champion, have the best chance of taking second place overall with two races to go before season end. Former Euro Series drivers Stefano Coletti, Esteban Gutierrez and Christian Vietoris also secured GP2 wins this year.