I did not know Jules Bianchi. In acknowledging that, it is the case that I had met him on a few occasions, but at no stage did I ever know him – there is quite a difference. Over the years, there was plenty of stumbling along as I shadowed a few steps behind the young … Continue reading “I Did Not Know Jules Bianchi”
A laptop, charger, EU plug converter, two pairs of trousers, five pairs of socks, five pairs of underwear, four T-shirts, a shirt and jumper, notepads, hard drive, Dictaphone, pens, pass and season media pass. It was, in a nutshell, my life stuffed inside a bag. To a degree.
New Single Seater Commission President, Stefano Domenicali, has reaffirmed the FIA’s position that Formula 2 should be the next logical step between Formula 3 and Formula 1. Domenicali took over the position from Gerhard Berger at the end of last year and had made initial moves to the reformation of the F2 category when the new Superlicence points table was unveiled in January.
Former DTM racer Roberto Merhi has been announced as the second driver with the Manor Marussia F1 team today.
When Roberto Merhi was cut loose from the Mercedes DTM team at the end of the 2013 season, the Spaniard was left facing a bleak future. That he took three victories on the way to 3rd in the championship upon his return to single-seaters displays just how close motorsport came to losing an excellent talent.
From the moment Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly secured a podium at the Formula Renault 3.5 season opener at Monza, there was a instant feeling that the drinks manufacturer had bagged another future star.
Renault Sport Technologies and Michelin have announced that they are investigating a possible switch to 18-inch tyres for the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the 2016 season. The entities are also looking into introducing 17-inch tyres for their Formula Renault 2.0 categories.
Formula Renault 3.5 title challenger Roberto Merhi has revealed that he was close to retiring from racing altogether this year.
Earlier this week, Formula Renault 3.5 driver Cameron Twynham contacted me regarding Sunday's post about the new GP2 Series champion, Jolyon Palmer. As part of the operating policy of TheMotorsportArchive.com, this website is open to a 'reply or comment' from those involved in motorsport.
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.
It is a moment all drivers treasure deeply. Having crossed the finish line victorious, the winning pilot will take to the slow down lap, collecting discarded tyre rubber and swathes of dirt along the way.
It was emerged today that British racing hopeful Jordan King is set to test GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 machinery with Arden International.
It is safe to say that it had been something of a barren couple of years for Roberto Merhi, but in these opening six weekends of FR3.5, Merhi has done much to rebuild his confidence and with it his reputation.
One does always need to be spectacular or stylish to be victorious. Sometimes success comes when partnered consistency. Roll stylish and consistent together and you will have a potent – and incredibly rare – mixture at your fingertips. Until Silverstone, GP3 Series points leader Alex Lynn had been the stylish one, taking two Race One victories, but not finishing either of the Race Two events. Jimmy Eriksson, meanwhile, had been passively consistent with three podiums and a 6th place finish.
Formula Renault 3.5 stalwart Marco Sørensen has moved across to the GP2 Series with MP Motorsport.
Nikolay Martsenko and Riccardo Agostini will make their respective GP3 Series débuts with Hilmer Motorsport at the Red Bull Ring this weekend.
Caterham Racing Academy have confirmed that Will Stevens is to test with the Caterham F1 squad at the post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone on July 8th.
Lotus racer Matthieu Vaxivière may be forced to miss out much of the remaining Formula Renault 3.5 season following an injury sustained during the third round at Monaco.
Several drivers confirmed their involvement in the GP3 Series this week, as the opening round at the Circuit de Cataluña closes in.
DAMS’ and Red Bull junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr dominated the opening race of the second Formula Renault 3.5 round at Motorland Aragon.