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F1 prospect awards at the summer break (GP2, GP3, FR3.5, etc.)

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  • #133440
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    R.J. O’Connell
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    I’ll admit, I’m not the best at following the junior formulae. but I thought I’d make this thread as it would be a good thread for others to evaluate the talent in the junior series such as GP2, FR3.5, and so on. Explanations aren’t necessary, but justifying your choices can help enlighten those who don’t follow these series as much.

    The categories I selected:

    Best GP2 Driver -
    Best GP3 Driver -
    Best FR3.5 Driver -
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) -
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) -
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) -
    Most Overrated Driver -
    Most Disappointing Driver -
    Most Overlooked Driver -
    Most Improved Driver -
    Best Overall F1 Prospect -

    #239680
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    Oli Peacock
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    Best GP2 Driver – Nasr
    Best GP3 Driver – Ellinas
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Vandoorme
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Marciello
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) -
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) – Mitch Evans
    Most Overrated Driver – Jolyon Palmer
    Most Disappointing Driver – Robin Firjns
    Most Overlooked Driver – Jon Lancaster
    Most Improved Driver – Stefano Coletti
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Hard to guess as we don’t know any drivers wallet size

    #239681
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    mnmracer
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    Robin Frijns disappointing?
    I’m sorry, but simply looking at the race results sheets are not a fair indicating of his performance in GP2. He was very unlucky, but all things considering, he very much showed why he deserves a seat in Formula One.

    #239682
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    wsrgo
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    Best GP2 Driver – Stefano Coletti
    Best GP3 Driver – Tio Ellinas
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Stoffel Vandoorne
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Marvin Kirchhofer (German F3)
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Antonio Fuoco (Formula Renault 2.0 Alps)
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) – I’ll replace ‘i.e’ with ‘e.g.’ because GP3 to GP2 isn’t the only upwards move in junior formulae…and my driver is Stoffel Vandoorne (Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 to Formula Renault 3.5)
    Most Overrated Driver – Carlos Sainz, Jr.
    Most Disappointing Driver – Daniel Abt
    Most Overlooked Driver – Nigel Melker
    Most Improved Driver – Facu Regalia
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Felipe Nasr

    #239683
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    the_sigman
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    Best GP2 Driver – Stefano Coletti
    Best GP3 Driver – Tio Ellinas
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Kevin Magnussen
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – I don’t follow any of this series
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Christian Vietoris
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) – Stoffel Vandoorne
    Most Overrated Driver – Jolyon Palmer
    Most Disappointing Driver – Johnny Cecotto Jr.
    Most Overlooked Driver – Nigel Melker
    Most Improved Driver – Facu Regalia
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Felipe Nasr

    #239684
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    robk23
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    Best GP2 Driver – Felipe Nasr
    Best GP3 Driver – Tio Ellinas
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Kevin Magnussen
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Raffaele Marciello
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Robert Wickens
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) – Danil Kyyat
    Most Overrated Driver – Stefano Coletti
    Most Disappointing Driver – Antonio Felix da Costa
    Most Overlooked Driver – Nigel Melker
    Most Improved Driver – Will Stevens
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Felipe Nasr

    #239685
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    Matthijs
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    Funny that 3 out of 4 think that Nigel Melker is overlooked. Overlooked by whom then? ;)

    #239686
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    Nick
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    Best GP2 Driver – Stefano Coletti
    Best GP3 Driver – Tio Ellinas
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Stoffel Vandoorne
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Raffaele Marciello (I’m being pretty original so far!)
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Max Verstappen (He’s still in karting, but is winning just about every championship he gets himself into this year.)
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) – Stoffel Vandoorne (FR 2.0 to FR 3.5)
    Most Overrated Driver – Joylon Palmer
    Most Disappointing Driver – Antonio Felix da Costa
    Most Overlooked Driver – Nigel Melker
    Most Improved Driver – Will Stevens (FR 3.5)
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Felipe Nasr

    #239687
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    Prisoner Monkeys
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    Best GP2 Driver – Nasr
    Best GP3 Driver – Ellinas
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Vandoorne
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Wehrlein
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Wehrlein
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e.(drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) -Korjus
    Most Overrated Driver – Palmer
    Most Disappointing Driver – Dillman
    Most Overlooked Driver – Sirotkin
    Most Improved Driver – Visoiu
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Nasr

    #239688
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    Saints
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    Best GP2 Driver – Nasr
    Best GP3 Driver – Ellinas
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Magnussen
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Marciello
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Dunno, not watching
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) – Vandoorne
    Most Overrated Driver – da Costa
    Most Disappointing Driver – da Costa
    Most Overlooked Driver – Magnussen (he’s leading the series, but everyone seems to rate da Costa and Vandoorne higher for some reason. Maybe not overlooked, but definitely underrated)
    Most Improved Driver – Coletti
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Nasr (young, fast and consistent – seems ready for F1 already)

    #239689
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    wsrgo
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    @prisoner-monkeys

    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Wehrlein

    He only did the Monza round. You’re voting him the best driver on the basis of one round? He wasn’t the highest scoring driver in that round too, Marciello was. And going by Rosenqvist’s performances recently, I’d say Mucke aren’t too far away from Prema this year, so Marciello and Wehrlein had comparable machinery at Monza.

    #239690
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    Felipe Bomeny
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    Best GP2 Driver – Felipe Nasr
    Best GP3 Driver – Facundo Regalia
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Kevin Magnussen
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Raffaele Marciello
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Antonio Fuoco
    Best Driver In A New Series – Stoffel Vandoorne
    Most Overrated Driver – Antonio Felix da Costa
    Most Disappointing Driver – Daniel Abt
    Most Overlooked Driver – Nico Müller
    Most Improved Driver – Stéphane Richelmi
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Felipe Nasr

    #239691
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    Iestyn Davies
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    Got to say I pretty much agree with wsrgo! I think Calado really has a shot with backing from Nicolas Todt. Nasr should definitely be in F1 in the next few years, he has Brazilian sponsors too, but I imagine will only graduate to F1 when Massa leaves. Don’t know if he has contact with any F1 teams. I think Evans should have a shot after another few years, possibly next year if he has a championship shot. If Nasr wins the GP2 championship he could be in a sticky situation!

    Marciello looks great, as does Kirchhofer (interesting to see how he’d do in Euro F3). Wehrlein I hope won’t waste awat in DTM – it looks like Vietoris, Wickens and now Juncadella are starting to gain traction there.

    #239692
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    specialk69
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    Best GP2 Driver – Felipe Nasr. I would have put Colletti here instead but for the last few rounds he has been woeful and crash strewn.
    Best GP3 Driver – Tio Ellinas. Consistancy has been the key due to the high amount of individual winners in this series and Ellinas has done well.
    Best FR3.5 Driver – Kevin Magnussen. He’s stepped up to a whole new level this year and has had the rub of the green more compared to last year.
    Best Formula 3 Driver (any F3 series) – Only watch Euro F3 and F3 open. So I’m stuck between Raffielle Maricello, Felix Rosenqvist and Sandy Stuvik.
    Best Young Driver in another series (DTM, AutoGP, etc.) – Don’t watch much DTM or AutoGP. But I do watch a bit of NASCAR and for a 20 year old Kyle Larson has impressed me in the Nationwide class.
    Best Driver In A New Series (i.e. drivers moving up from GP3 to GP2) – Stoffel Vandoorne’s move from FR2.0 has been mighty impressive.
    Most Overrated Driver – Not fair to judge for this one.
    Most Disappointing Driver – Daniel Abt’s move from GP3 to GP2 has been largely anonymous and for good reason.
    Most Overlooked Driver – Robin Frijns. I say this because he has a mega amount of talent yet he can’t find the budget for love nor money, sadly.
    Most Improved Driver – Will Stevens. He’s really benefitting from a 2nd year in FR 3.5
    Best Overall F1 Prospect – Felipe Nasr. He’s quick, consistant and has the backing of some major Brazilian companies. He just needs a reseve/test link up with a team now…

    #239693
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    Prisoner Monkeys
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    With regards to Abt, his team as a whole have been struggling in GP2. James Calado was widely expected to be a title contender this year, and it hasn’t happened.

    Furthermore, GP2 is now very much a two-year campaign for young drivers. The very best will graduate after one season, of course, but you can take two years and still be highly-rated. It’s when you do a Johnny Cecotto Jr. and race for four teams in four years that you have a serious problem.

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