It’s been three weeks. Agony for the F1 fans to have to wait for three whole weeks from Silverstone to Spa Francorchamps… but not everything was gonna be bad right? We have been quite entertained with the silly season, rumours, official news… Let’s summarize a bit some of the most important changes that happened during the break.
May we start with the most crazy and unexpected one: Toro Rosso confirming the youngest ever F1 driver for next season. Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen’s son, is going to jump from F3 to F1 in 2015, when he will be only 17 years old. The record of youngest F1 driver is nowadays hold by the Spaniard Jaume Alguersuari, at the age of 19 years and 125 days.
Max does really have an impressive racing career so far. He has won lots of Karting titles, including the world championship when he was only 15, and he is currently a contender for the F3 title too. The question is, does he have enough experience and maturity for F1?
"Ever since I was seven years old, Formula One has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true," said Max.
"We’ve all worked tremendously hard to reach Formula One and I will give my absolute best to be successful in the pinnacle of motorsport," he added.
Toro Rosso is known for promoting the youngest drivers; sometimes it goes perfect, sometimes it could be a mistake. They did so with the before said Jaume Alguersuari, and he ended his career in F1 before many other drivers started it. Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel was also one of the youngest drivers to jump to F1, with 19 years, 11 months and 14 days and he is considered one of the best drivers in the current grid. In 2014, Toro Rosso also promoted Daniil Kvyat with 19 years and 324 days and, by the moment, he looks very promising.
If it’s a mistake or glory for them, only time will tell.
The summer break can sometimes be funny. If we will have the youngest driver next year, we can speak of one of the oldest in racing in F1 next GP. Caterham has announced that Andre Lotterer, the three times winner of the 24h of Le Mans, will replace Kamui Kobayashi in Spa. Andre is 32 years old, only being younger than Kimi, Massa and Alonso.
By the moment, these are the only two official moves if we are speaking about drivers.
Changing subject, some hours ago we knew that, today, FIA evaluated the quality of Sochi’s track. The Russian GP has been given the ok so it means it’s a safe place to race.
As Charlie Whiting said: “The circuit is in extremely good condition and – yes - it will be issued with a license. Everything has been done according to the plans – the kerbs are very good, the verges, the guardrails, the walls – everything is in an extremely good condition. Everything has been done to the highest standards and I’m extremely pleased. I can say without hesitation that the circuit is ready 60 days in advance, which is very rare really.”
The license will last for 7 years. We will have the first Russian GP in October 12th this year.