Rookie Report: Charles Pic

The young French driver’s appointment came as a bit of a surprise, not least to his eventual team mate Timo Glock who admitted to needing to google him. When he spoke to Auto Motor und Sport Glock quipped, “What does he look like? I think if he’s really coming to [Marussia] then I’ll have to … Continue reading

Young Driver Test: Day Three

Day three timesheets: Morning: Pos. Driver Nat. Team Time Laps 1 Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Red Bull 1:38.917  – 2 Jules Bianchi FRA Ferrari 1:41.347  – 3 Oliver Turvey GBR McLaren 1:42.346  – 4 Max Chilton GBR Force India 1:42.618  – 5 Alexander Rossi USA Team Lotus 1:44.381  – 6 Esteban Gutierrez MEX Sauber 1:44.531  – … Continue reading

Young Driver Test: Day Two

Day two timesheets: Morning: Pos. Driver Nat. Team Time Laps 1 Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Red Bull 1:40.188 17 2 Jules Bianchi FRA Ferrari 1:40.383 45 3 Valterri Bottas FIN Williams 1:42.548 38 4 Gary Paffett GBR McLaren 1:42.645 23 5 Esteban Gutierrez MEX Sauber 1:43.637 47 6 Sam Bird GBR Mercedes 1:43.734 43 7 Luiz … Continue reading

Young Driver Test: Day One

Day One Timesheets: Morning: Pos. Driver Nat. Team Time Laps 1 Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Red Bull 1:40.707 33 2 Jules Bianchi FRA Ferrari 1:42.632 34 3 Oliver Turvey GBR McLaren 1:43.502 35 4 Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams 1:43.816 47 5 Fabio Leimer SUI Sauber 1:44.354 34 6 Robert Wickens CAN Renault 1:44.579 29 7 Rodolfo … Continue reading

Young Driver Test: Line Up

The young driver test is a great place for future hopefuls to showcase their skills to the world as they take a step closer to joining the Formula One grid. Some have already been signed up in test driver roles, Czech driver Jan Charouz is one of Renault’s many third drivers and will be climbing … Continue reading

Half Term Report: Daniel Ricciardo

The Rookie Report: Daniel Ricciardo Rising through the ranks with the substantial backing of the Red Bull Junior Team sponsorship programme, Daniel Ricciardo’s name has floated about the paddock for some time. Spotted by Red Bull he joined the books in 2008, he remains on them to this day as he races for Hispania after … Continue reading

Half Term Report: Paul di Resta

The Rookie Report: Paul di Resta He follows a long line of distinguished Scottish drivers into Formula One, such as Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard. While competing in the DTM series for Mercedes throughout 2010, Paul di Resta also spent weekends testing for Force India and he subsequently impressed enough to earn … Continue reading

Half Term Report: Sergio Perez

The Rookie Report: Sergio Perez His entry into Formula One may have been a relatively quiet one, but when it was announced the young man from Mexico would be joining the 2010 ‘Rookie of the Year’ Kamui Kobayashi, his racing successes came to light. Highlights include a British Formula Three National title in 2007 and … Continue reading

Half Term Report: Jerome d’Ambrosio

The Rookie Report: Jerome d’Ambrosio When his appointment to a Formula 1 team was announced, a few question marks were raised against Virgin Racing’s decision to bring him onboard. Spending time as a test driver for the team on Friday’s his times came close to now team mate Timo Glock, but it was the higher … Continue reading

Half Term Report: Pastor Maldonado

The Rookie Report: Pastor Maldonado He came to the Formula 1 grid with the uneasy label of being ‘the pay driver’, his substantial backing from the Venezuelan government via the state owned oil company PDVSA led some to believe it was financial motivation on Williams’ part for his debut. Although it can’t be denied that … Continue reading

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