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GP2 Driver of the Year vote: 8th

20 December 2012

Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2012:
8. Tom Dillmann

Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Birthdate: April 6, 1989
Team: Rapax
2012 starts: 14
Poles: 0
Wins: 1
Podiums: 1
Fastest laps: 0
Championship points: 29
Championship position: 15th
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2011 position: 9th

Wow! Top marks to the Crash.net voters for recognising real talent, even when his own team and the rest of the GP2 paddock seem oddly oblivious to it when it doesn't have a sufficiently big bag of sponsorship cash attached.

We felt genuinely sorry for the French rookie when his winning performance in the second Bahrain sprint race (adding to an impressive début in the series in the non-championship post-season GP2 Final at Abu Dhabi in 2011) was rewarded with being ousted from his race seat after less than half a season. He managed two encore performances filling in first for an ill Ricardo Teixeira at Valencia and then for a double-booked Daniël de Jong in Germany but that still meant his 2012 topped out at just 14 races despite his race pace and talent clearly showing that he deserved more outings.

Obviously it seems that we're all in agreement and pretty big fans of the Frenchman around here, and it would be great to see him rewarded with a more stable and full-time position in the series in 2013.

Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:

7. Giedo van der Garde
8. Tom Dillmann
9. Max Chilton
10. Marcus Ericsson


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