Yesterday was a positive day for Formula One rookies Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen as the Sauber and Toro Rosso debutants made their presence felt in Melbourne.
If Esteban Ocon surprised all-comers with his rookie form in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, then Max Verstappen’s debut in car racing positively stunned.
Day done, round done, season done. Max Verstappen may have lost the runner-up spot in the final round of the FIA European F3 championship to Tom Blomqvist, but his band of Dutch supporters celebrated regardless.
Saturday morning’s surprise move by Red Bull to announce Sebastian Vettel’s departure, as well as the promotion of Daniil Kvyat to the “first team” may have closed doors for one famous Spaniard. But Vettel’s defection to Ferrari may also have saved the Formula One career of another Spaniard, - Carlos Sainz Jr - who is tantalisingly close to tasting success in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Teenage racer Max Verstappen is set to become the youngest driver in Formula One World Championship history next season.
Things are looking well for Alex Lynn. The Red Bull backed 20-year-old fronts the GP3 Series with Carlin Motorsport and heads into this weekend’s fourth round at Hockenheim a confident man.
Much has been made over the last few days about the titanic crash between Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez on the last lap of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Both drivers took to social media to blame the other, but according to the stewards Perez was deemed the guilty party and handed a grid penalty for the next race in Austria. With the dust now beginning to settle, Williams must face the additional question – should Massa have been that position at all?
The champion of the 2014 BRDC Formula 4 Champion will receive a test with leading GP3 Series squad Arden Motorsport at the end of the year.
They are probably used to this already, even at Formula 3 level. The glaring lights, the cameras, questions that come from the series media representative -- and then us, the rest of the media, keyboard tappers and scribblers alike.
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Vettel cruises to Belgian success; Bird and Calado take GP2 spoils in Spa; Kvyat and Sims take first GP3 victories”
This week's Hungarian Grand Prix will mark four years since Jaime Alguersuari became the youngest ever driver in the Formula One World Championship. Now pushing two years since he was drop-kicked from F1, Yet Alguersuari's story could well be about to repeat itself for one young Russian should lessons learned be forgotten. Enter stage right, Sergey Sirotkin.
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Vettel dominates in Montreal; Korjus and Regalia make most of GP3 test”
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Rosberg triumphs at Monaco; Kanaan takes Indy; Dempsey grabs astonishing Lights victory”
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Alonso charges to Spanish victory; Urrutia and Jones taste Portimao success"
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Alonso victorious in Shanghai"
“Meanwhile, at the weekend; Vettel takes controversial GP in Malaysia”
McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari-man Fernando Alonso showed their flair when they registered the top times during Thursday’s respective practice sessions at Monte Carlo.
Lotus new-boy Romain Grosjean headed the first day of the third pre-season Formula 1 test at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday.
Kamui Kobayashi ran quickest on the final day of the second pre-season F1 test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.
Pastor Maldonado grabbed both the top spot and the headlines on day three of the second pre-season Formula 1 test at the Circuit de Catalunya.