Keith Collantine

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    @lolzerbob @rjoconnell Hear that? It’s the sound of the barrel being scraped…

    Philo Paz Patrick Armand, who was Roberto Merhi’s team mate at Pons in Formula Renault 3.5 last year until he started having problems with his visa, will race for Trident.

    To the best of my knowledge his highest finishing position in any race was fourth in a Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS event in which more than half of the field retired.

    His team mate will be Luca Ghiotto, who ran Esteban Ocon close for the GP3 title last year.

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    Sure enough:

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    Maybe there won’t be a change?

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    Colombia’s Tatiana Calderon joins Jack Aitken and Jake Dennis in an interesting line-up at Arden:

    http://arden-motorsport.com/gp3-drivers/

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    And neglected to mention yesterday Oliver Rowland will join Manor MP. Can’t help but think he deserved a seat at a better team.:

    http://manormpmotorsport.net/en/news/234/oliver-rowland-returns-to-mp-motorsport-for-2016-gp2-campaign

    So the GP2 line-up so far looks like this:

    ART – Sergey Sirotkin / TBA
    Racing Engineering – Jordan King / Norman Nato
    DAMS – Alex Lynn / Nicholas Latifi
    Campos – Mitch Evans / Sean Galael
    Russian Time – Raffaele Marcielo / Artem Markelov
    Rapax – Arthur Pic / TBA
    Trident – TBA / TBA
    Status – TBA / TBA
    Carlin – TBA / TBA
    Manor MP – Oliver Rowland / TBA
    Arden – TBA / TBA
    Prema – Pierre Gasly / Antonio Giovinazzi

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    Racing Engineering hires Norman Nato:

    Racing Engineering are pleased to announce that 23 year old Frenchman Norman Nato will be joining the Spanish team for the 2016 GP2 Series.

    Norman who began karting in 1998, winning the French K72 Championship before moving to the Formula Renault F4 Eurocup in 2010 finishing as runner-up with two wins. In 2011 he moved up to Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 taking two podiums as well as a podium in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup. Norman continued in the Eurocup in 2012 winning his first race at Spa and finishing 4th in the Championship as well as finishing runner-up to current F1 driver Daniil Kyvat in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps. 2013 and 2014 saw the Frenchman racing in the World Series by Renault where he was 13th in his debut season and 7th in the second year with two wins and two podiums. Norman’s first season in GP2, 2015, has shown his progress and he scored points on four occas! ions to date with best finishes of 6th at Hungary and Monza and he had his first experience of the Racing Engineering team when he joined them for the final day of the post-season tests at Abu Dhabi in November of last year.

    Norman Nato: “I am really pleased to join Racing Engineering this season for the GP2 Series championship. It is a very experienced team that has already won the GP2 championship twice. The Abu Dhabi post-season test went well and it was a logical decision to keep working together for the 2016 season. After a first season to discover and learn about the GP2 series in 2015, my aim is now to be a front runner in every race meeting in order to fight for the title.”

    Alfonso de Orléans- Borbón, President of Racing Engineering: “We are very pleased to announce that Norman Nato has joined us for the 2016 season. After seeing the pro! gression he made during last season, it was discussed that he would be ready to join our team. Now that it is a reality, we are all working hard to get ready for the first test of the season. We expect Norman to be competitive from the first race of the season since has the talent and the work ethic to step up on the podium from the beginning.”

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    Esteban Ocon is driving it virtually:

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    Max Chilton’s move into IndyCar with Ganassi has been confirmed:

    Current IndyCar Drivers’ Championship winning team, Chip Ganassi Racing (CGRT) announced today that former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet in a full-season effort for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series.

    Chilton will become the first British driver in more than a decade and just the fourth in the last 24 years (Nigel Mansell-1993, Mark Blundell-1996, Justin Wilson-2004) to have driven full-time in Formula 1 prior to joining the Verizon IndyCar Series in the same capacity.

    At 24, Chilton joins the team after making 35 starts in Formula 1 from 2013-2014 for the Marussia Formula 1 Team. Most recently he contested the 2015 Indy Lights Championship with one win, six podium and 10 top-five finishes.

    “I couldn’t be happier to join Chip Ganassi Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series program. This organisation is built on winning and their 11 INDYCAR Championships back that up. Chip is the kind of team owner that every driver dreams of working for in their career. He’s accomplished so much in so many different categories over the years, and I can’t wait to start driving for him.” said Max Chilton.

    “Max is a talented young driver who has driven a number of different disciplines already in a short time. He brings a good deal of experience to our IndyCar lineup and we’re looking forward to him being part of our four-car team in 2016 and making a big contribution.” said Chip Ganassi, owner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.

    2015 saw Chilton make his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut with Nissan Motorsports in the LMP1 category, while contesting his first season in Indy Lights with Carlin Motorsport, where he won at Iowa Speedway from pole position. His 35 starts in Formula 1 from 2013-2014 included a rookie record for the most consecutive races finished (25), with 19 of them coming in his first season. Prior to Formula 1 he spent the 2010-2012 seasons in the GP2 Series scoring two wins, and contested the British Formula 3 Championship from 2007-2009 where he was a race winner. Chilton began his racing career at the age of 10 in karts.

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    Arthur Pic will be back for a third season, at Rapax.

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    @Michal2009 That’s a great one I’d forgotten!

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    Formula Renault 3.5 has DRS, of course, but it’s not proximity-restricted and drivers can use it to defend as well as attack. Here’s Mathieu Vaxiviere capitalising on a mistake by Nicolas Latifi and lining him up beautifully for a pass around the outside of Pouhon:

    https://youtu.be/JoItoM5ZZbA?t=1m10s

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    Cool ad for Braun featuring Vettel in a Formula V8 3.5 car:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kGmVGdGons

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    @xtwl @bascb @strontium On forum promotion, note the new drivers’ biography pages now have dedicated forum sections. Here’s an example:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/pastor-maldonado/#forum

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    Big chance for Sergey Sirotkin as he joins ART for his second season in GP2:

    http://www.art-grandprix.com/news/line-gp2-series-0

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