“This week will be critical for Rio’s hopes of entering F1”
Rio Haryanto’s hopes of joining the 2016 F1 grid with Manor could be realised this week – provided he has found the backing to guarantee one of the last two seats on offer…
Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) has scored his third success this year in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Starting from pole, the Lotus F1 Team Junior protégé conserved the lead to win race 2 on the day, ahead of Racing Steps Foundation driver Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) and rookie Roy Nissany (Tech 1 Racing), who strode on to the podium for the first time in the category.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series leader, Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) came up big on Sunday at Budapest.
After a perfect launch from fifth place on the grid, the Racing Steps Foundation protégé overtook pole winner Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) for the lead and went on to control the passing attempts of his rival throughout the 27 lap of the race. With his runner-up finish, the French driver now trails the Englishman by 16 points in the championship. Also starting from row three, rookie Gustav Malja (Strakka Racing) scored his maiden podium result in the category.
Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) claimed pole for Sunday’s race at the Hungaroring by clocking a fastest lap of 1:29.221.
Fresh from his win on Saturday, Egor Orudzhev (Arden Motorsport) will start alongside him on the front row, while Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsports), Roberto Merhi (Pons Racing) and points leader Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) round off the top five.
Roberto Merhi is in Abu Dhabi where he hopes to complete Caterham’s Abu Dhabi lineup this weekend.
That is the news of the Spanish publication El Confidencial, following reports elsewhere that the 23-year-old rookie’s management claims it has an existing deal in place to race for the struggling Leafield based team.
Roberto Merhi and Kamui Kobayashi remain in the dark about how struggling Caterham will tackle the remaining trio of grands prix in 2014.
Bernie Ecclestone has argued consistently that F1’s first visit to Russia should not be mixed with the country’s political situation.
F1 has made the 8,000 kilometre trek from Suzuka to the all-new Sochi Autodrom, but many are not in the mood to celebrate the sport’s latest destination. That is not just because the Russian grand prix is controversial in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict, with president Vladimir Putin slated to attend.
Carlos Sainz jr’s famous father has expressed disappointment with Red Bull’s decision-making in 2014.
Earlier, 20-year-old Spaniard Sainz jr was regarded as the undoubted cream of the energy drink’s driver development programme, and therefore the favourite to make his F1 debut in 2015 with Toro Rosso.
Kamui Kobayashi will stay at the wheel of his green Caterham for this weekend’s Singapore grand prix.
After Andre Lotterer took his place at Spa as the team’s new management seeks sponsored drivers, media reports had suggested Roberto Merhi, Andrea Caldarelli and Roman Rusinov were now next in line for Kobayashi’s cockpit.
Andrea Caldarelli has counted himself out of the running to race for Caterham in the near future.
As the cockpit reshuffling continues in the wake of Kamui Kobayashi’s missed race at Spa, it is known that the team’s new leadership wants Roberto Merhi to drive the car under Singapore’s lights this weekend.