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  • #274055
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    The way I look at it, there surely has to be another driver in the single-seater ladder that brings the kind of sponsorship money Canamasas does without the erratic behavior, isn’t there?

    #274054
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    I loathe the idea, for the record.

    Mercedes: Hamilton / Rosberg / Di Resta
    Red Bull: Ricciardo / Vettel / Vergne
    Williams: Bottas / Massa / Nasr
    Ferrari: Alonso / Raikkonen / Bianchi
    McLaren: Button / Magnussen / Vandoorne
    Force India: Hulkenberg / Perez / Frijns
    Toro Rosso: Kvyat / Sainz / Verstappen
    Lotus: Grosjean / Maldonado / Palmer
    [Sauber: Rossi / Van der Garde / De Silvestro]

    Then again, the eighth team would not have the resources to run three cars, Force India and Toro Rosso could MAYBE run two teams – it’s a disgusting proposal that has more negative consequences to cancel out any good from some of these additions i.e. Jules at Ferrari.

    #273731
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    Even for a driver with as much tenure as Palmer has, he’s been so consistent AND quick that it really becomes a null issue. It’s not just DAMS either – Richelmi has been nowhere near his pace round-to-round. Palmer likely won’t be a champion like four-year-tenured F3000 driver Damon Hill was, but I’d say he’s more than earned a place in F1 on merit.

    #273684
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    RESULTS

    1. Vandoorne
    2. Pic
    3. Evans
    4. Richelmi
    5. Negrao
    6. Nasr
    7. Sorensen
    8. Palmer
    9. Coletti
    10. Cecotto
    17. Gasly
    RET. Marciello

    #273570
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    And in the immortal words of Scooby-Doo, “Ruh roh.”

    #273494
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    You never know. Palmer and Nasr could implode this weekend, and Vandoorne could hat trick the feature race, pick up points in the sprint, and suddenly those potential snoozers at Sochi and Yas Marina become the grounds for a proper 3-way title fight.

    #273478
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    Preview of the 2015 Team Leafield F1 livery.

    Qualifying’s on now, very close so far – Top 25 separated by under 1 second.

    #273239
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    @craig-o I’d always thought that a move from GP2 -> Indy Lights like Razia made this year would be a step down. The IL-15 will be about 200hp down on the GP2/11. But then I thought, “maybe it’d be smart for some of these drivers who have little or no oval racing experience to hone their abilities in the Lights car before they get up to the Indycar Series.”

    Personally, however, I think Daly is good enough to jump straight into Indycar for a full or partial season.

    #273179
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    Olsen has a fantastic record in karting it seems, and is doing well in FR2.0 – GP2 might be a sponsor-driven bridge too far, though.

    Daly’s F1 aspirations, what little he had with him already having a foot in the Indycar door, sunk with Lazarus. I don’t think Olsen will fare better.

    #273172
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    I’m so happy Will Power won the title. Been a fan since 2007. He’s earned every sliver of precious metal on that trophy.

    #273171
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    Last GP2 Red Bull driver was Buemi in 2008. Thinking this could be the start of a shift in power back to GP2′s favor if 2014′s first half, or even a race like the Spa Feature wasn’t evidence of that.

    Gasly and Lynn would make a top-notch driver combo in GP2 next year.

    #273170
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    Minardi, always, and forever.

    #270843
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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.

    #270237
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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.

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