Quentin Wahl, Gus Doppes, Bill Shields, John Jastremski and Pat Daly are going west to not act their age in the former Russel School F3 cars that have carbon fibre tubs, paddle shifters, big wings, motors, slicks and serious downforce, now run by SimRaceway at Sonoma. What could possibly go wrong?
Know Gus has already had some training and practice and perhaps a race weekend as John may have as well. That leaves Wahl, Shields and Daly in the steep part of the downforce learning curve when they do the SimRaceway winter series in mid December at Sonoma and mid January and February at Laguna.
Since none of us are spring chickens we figured we should check this off our bucket list before we get too old to wrestle these cars through a corner.
There should be lots of opportunity to put our good Skippy training to work while... [Read More]
American rookie Alexander Rossi will make his Grand Prix race debut this weekend in Belgium after being drafted in as a late replacement for Max Chilton at Marussia.
The team said Chilton, who has raced for the Banbury-based squad since 2013, was being substituted "while contractual issues are resolved".
Rossi, 22, only joined Marussia as test and reserve driver last month having previously served a similar role at Caterham, contesting four Friday practice sessions over the past three seasons.
"It goes without saying that I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to race in Formula 1 for the first time," Rossi said. "I cannot thank the Marussia F1 Team enough for the faith they are demonstrating in me.
"It's a very big moment for me and there's a lot to prepare in a short space of time, but on the other hand I have felt ready for this for quite a while now.