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Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2011: 9th

You voted Tom Dillmann into 9th place in Crash.net's GP2 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2011:
9. Tom Dillmann

Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Team: iSport International
2011 starts: 2
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Fastest laps: 0
Championship points: N/A (Asia), N/A (Europe)
Championship position: N/A (Asia), N/A (Europe)

Tom Dillmann caught the attention of a lot of voters in the Crash.net poll despite only being in one round of GP2 in the entire year. He actually started off 2011 racing for Carlin in the GP3 championship and snapped up an immediate third place in the opening round at Turkey, but after sitting out the Barcelona weekend he was then off to Addax for the remainder of the season.

He had a decent introductory year in that championship but was hit by four retirements out of 12 races and managed to finish in the points only three times, leaving him 14th in the GP3 drivers' standings. But it still was enough to demonstrate his talent and catch the eyes of team bosses in GP2, and after post-season testing with Addax and iSport at Jerez and then iSport again at Barcelona, it was the British squad that managed to procure his services for the GP2 Final exhibition non-championship weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Dillmann qualified in ninth place for the feature race and went on to finish as the top-placed rookie on the day, driving to an assured sixth place despite sustained and intense pressure from another new boy in the series, Antonio Felix da Costa. That put him in third place on the grid for the following day's sprint race, and another confident drive from Dillmann saw him recover from an early poor start to claim that podium position by the end of the race.

This meant that Dillmann finished equal on points with Britain's James Calado in the fight for the Pirelli award for the best GP3 graduate's performance of the weekend: Calado took the 15,000 Euros top prize by virtue of having won the sprint race from pole position, while Dillmann took home the 10,000 Euros second prize.

Calado is already signed up for a year in GP2 with Lotus ART; but what about Dillmann? He might have caught Crash.net voters with his a strong and consistent performance rating over Calado's more showy maiden race win, but it's not yet clear whether the 22-year-old Frenchman is seen as quite ready for a full-time stint in GP2 or whether he would be better off with a complete run in GP3 to hone his skills first. But whether in 2012 or 2013, there can be little doubt that Dillmann's name will be on the side of a GP2/11 Dallara monocoque sooner or later.

Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2011 results so far:

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James Calado (GBR, Lotus ART) celebrates his GP2 Final sprint race victory on the podium with Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) and Tom Dillmann (FRA, iSport International). [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
James Calado (GBR, Lotus ART) and Tom Dillmann (FRA, iSport International) collect their awards from Pirelli as top-placed GP3 graduates in the 2011 GP2 Final at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 13th November 2011. [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Tom Dillmann, (FRA, iSport) signs up for the GP2 Final with iSport, after a season in GP3 with Addax. [Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service ref:
Tom Dillmann (FRA, iSport International) on track in practice for the GP2 Final at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 11th November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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