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    Source: Likely made up on social media as a guess.

    #270330
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    There’s no way you can make it up to F1 without the backing of a junior team or a huge sponsorship cheque from a company in your home country. And at least the former rewards talent on principle.

    Dr. Marko, a man who, as overseer of the Red Bull Junior Team has rewarded the fastest-rising talents with F1 opportunities, just signed the fastest-rising talent we’ve seen in a while and outbid Mercedes-Benz to get him. There’s no way this falls through unless Verstappen gets stuck in some series higher up the ladder, and given how he’s already been quick testing FR3.5 cars before settling on Euro F3, I don’t see him having any trouble moving up the ladder at a rapid pace.

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    If they can at least bump their average car count into the teens and lure over some more good talents from the European ladder while still promoting home-grown stars from Pro Mazda and USF2000, Indy Lights might start grabbing my interest.

    I haven’t seen a new car look that good since the DP01.

    #267818
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    That depends on how much the price of grandstand tickets goes up.

    #267068
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    That was a sensational race. Evans wins from 15th holding off Vandoorne and Palmer on old tyres. Action everywhere in the closing laps. WOW.

    #266937
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    Qualifying results:
    1. Jolyon Palmer (championship leader)
    2. Stoffel Vandoorne
    3. Stefano Coletti
    4. Tom Dillmann (first appearance since Barcelona)
    5. Felipe Nasr (2nd in points)
    6. Arthur Pic
    7. Johnny Cecotto (defending feature race winner at Hockenheim)
    8. Raffaele Marciello (impeded on two flying laps)
    9. Alexander Rossi (first appearance at Campos)
    10. Simon Trummer
    14. Daniel Abt
    15. Mitch Evans

    #266886
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    Prize money AND a second qualifying session for race 2 instead of the feature/sprint with reverse grid top 8s would do wonders.

    What also would help is if they can develop a new car based around the Dallara SF14 being used in Japan and their 2-liter turbo 4-cyl engine formula that would be closer in line to the 2014-spec F1 cars.

    The talent level isn’t the problem.

    #266721
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    I certainly wasn’t expecting this news in the morning, but wow! Hopefully Rossi can turn it around at Campos, Arthur Pic has been a consistent scorer for them and with a driver like Rossi, they can start challenging for wins and podiums. And he’ll be fired up to prove that he’s still F1 material after an awful first 10 races to the season with a team that, despite being quicker than their F1 overlords at some circuits, has little to nothing to show for it in GP2.

    As for Sato…he’s shown shades of his manager in GP2. Which is to say, it’s not been a good 10 races. I’m hoping that next year some team signs Ryo Hirakawa to a GP2 race seat – he has to be *the* most promising young open-wheel racer from Japan – 20 years old, now a title contender in an extremely difficult Super Formula category, and he already has an F3 title, a Porsche Carrera Cup title, two Super GT starts, and an IndyCar test to his credit as well.

    #266658
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    11th and 15th are not where the series’ most popular young drivers should be sitting in the points, but there it is.

    I’m not gonna lie – nothing would please me more than Montoya bouncing back from Iowa with two good finishes and putting himself right back on the verge of title contention. Then again, I think the top 2 are well overdue for a series championship, and it would also finally establish Pagenaud as a top driver if he were to win it.

    #266646
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    The pain of seeing JPM get chopped out of the race was wiped out when Newgarden surged to 2nd. If they had better luck for most of the season you’d be talking about him and SFHR as a winning team in 2014, on at least one, maybe two occasions.

    #266142
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    If I wanted to watch a race where the qualifying results are the same as the race results, week in and week out – I’d just flip on some F1 races from 10 years ago and call it a night.

    #266012
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    Marciello has been extremely unlucky this year. It happens. He’s a rookie in a feeder series with a steep learning curve. He’ll be a feature race winner sometime this year and a solid cold leadpipe lock for an F1 seat in 2016 with Haas.

    #265472
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    And Sorensen isn’t even doing that well in FR3.5! Was hoping for a much better qualifying performance from Rossi. And Markelov may have jumped to GP2 well too early.

    #265407
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    Marciello on pole! :D

    #265245
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    With a grand total of 3 points in as many seasons, the closest De Jong will get to F1 will be if he picks up 2014 for his Xbox or Playstation.

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