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    It’s possible too that sticking with a dreadful Prost team after 1997 hurt Panis more than the leg injuries.

    #301924
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    On the same vein of F3000 champions who never realized their potential, Luca Badoer.

    Outraced the likes of Jacques Villeneuve and Alex Zanardi in Italian F3. Won the F3000 title as a rookie, ahead of fellow rookies Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, and Olivier Panis. Regularly outdrove former GP winner Alboreto in a god-awful Lola BMS. Nearly had Minardi’s first podium finish in the ’99 European GP, just months after being denied a chance to race for Ferrari in his prime. Also lost out on a chance to race for Benetton in ’94, and had to race with aging Ford engines in ’95 after Mugen Honda ditched Minardi for Ligier. He had a 60% head-to-head qualifying success rate in the 1990s, which is higher than quite a few former GP winners. Logged thousands upon thousands of useful testing miles ensuring that the Ferraris that dominated the 2000s with Schumacher and Barrichello were bulletproof.

    Now, only remembered for two awful races for Ferrari in 2009, having not raced competitively in ten years and given next to zero time to prepare. Wasn’t going to be the next Alberto Ascari, but he could have easily stood on par with his old F3000 rivals and fellow Italian talents like Trulli and Fisichella if given the right opportunities.

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    I would love to see the TBD round in Atlanta, Georgia.

    #300668
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    So, four rounds in, and Vandoorne is burying the competition, along with all the narratives about its lack of standout talent. I thought Jolyon Palmer was exceptional last year, but this is something else.

    Rossi’s the best of the rest right now, he’s the only other driver to score points in all eight rounds, making a strong case for the Haas seat.

    Sergey Sirotkin, the guy we all disliked for being Sauber’s talentless pay driver, is ahead of the top prospects of Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams, Honda, and ahead of Mitch Evans thanks to four consecutive top 5s at two distinctly different circuits.

    Alex Lynn is beating the brakes off of Pierre Gasly this year. Yes, Lynn has experience on Pirelli tyres, but Gasly’s the top-ranked Red Bull prospect in terms of stature, and Lynn was made expendable in the off-season.

    Raffaele Marciello must really hate Virtual Safety Cars. A lot.

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    Still a real shame that Dracone has more guaranteed races this year than SdS, Karam, or Justin Wilson. :\

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    Are Comtec even going to show up? They’re on the entry list but they ran just one car for some races and skipped a handful of others.

    #293951
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    DAMS are still DAMS, Marciello to Trident has looked good so far (told ya).

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    I feel like Beitske Visser is due for a breakout season. She’s been near the top of the times in every test since last season ended. Last year she was thrown into the deep end out of what is essentially Formula BMW/Formula 4 level competition. If she improves to a legitimate top 10 driver, I do hope she lands more than just a token “development driver” role at a midfield F1 team.

    Gut feeling is that Stoneman will regularly outperform De Vries and cruise to the title, Merhi will drag the Benson Hedges Jord-er, Pons cars to wins, Jafaar and Rowland will find more consistency at Fortec, and Ellinas will be a surprise title contender.

    #293943
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    They left it until real late, but the field in GP3 is filling out nicely – good to see Stuvik move up the ladder as well.

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    Ghirelli and Amberg will be good. Hilmer’s testing lineup is atrocious. This is the same team that once had Frijns, Abt, Lancaster, and Regalia at some point or another right?

    #293687
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    @fixy, don’t you tear at my heart like this.

    #293640
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    Kirchhoefer is a good re-acquisition by GP3. He’ll be busy all year it seems.

    I think Ocon’s already F1-caliber, to be honest, but he’d be wasting his time at a team like Comtec in FR3.5 or Lazarus in GP2 unless they’ve suddenly hired engineers who don’t just leave the car setup at “default”.

    #293639
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    Fair game, @billyos ! Though Visoiu’s appointment was a real shock. He just said he was retiring a month ago, and honestly I have very little confidence he’ll crack the top 20 given how much he struggled to progress in GP3.

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    They also built the Corvette that Sam Schmidt drove around Indy last year.

    #293602
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    I’m getting a bit worried about GP3 this year. If Ocon goes to ART as the rumor mill seems to place him, that’s still only going to leave him, Fuoco, and Palou as the absolute standout talents this season.

    Part of that also has to do with European Formula 3 being so stacked with top talent that they may end up with 12-14 different race winners.

    EDIT: And immediately as I type that, I see confirmation that Matheo Tuscher is coming back with Jenzer. Extremely underrated, young and a quick climber.

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