With the majority of seats locked down for the 2018 season, F1’s most recent debutant, Antonio Giovinazzi is still without a drive. Armed with an abundance of talent, it actually highlights the lack of teams currently on the grid, rather than any of his shortcomings.
That being said, there are still one or two opportunities available to the Italian driver, but backing from Ferrari is likely to be pivotal.
England Youth Summer 2017
Euro U21 Semi-Finalists
World Cup U20 Winners
Euro U19 Winners
U18-20 Toulon Tournament Winners
Euro U17 Runners-Up
I am going to be careful to not over-hype, but what a fantastic summer for England’s youth teams. The players have proved themselves and thoroughly deserve opportunities in their first teams so that they can continue their development.
This truly is a chance for England to develop their International team on the model set by Germany, which ultimately led to their success as World Champions in 2014.
Daniel Ricciardo took his 5th race victory for Red Bull Racing (Canada 2014, Hungary 2014, Belgium 2014, Malaysia 2016, Azerbaijan 2017)
After taking his 5th Grand Prix victory, Daniel Ricciardo summarised the Azerbaijan Grand Prix perfectly in the cool-down room. This was the race we all expected last year.
It was a reference to the cities’ inagural event in 2016, where Nico Rosberg won comfortably in a race that produced little in the way of action, excitement and drama.
This years event was an entirely different story.
Unquestionably the major talking point is Sebastian Vettel ramming Lewis Hamilton moments before a safety car restart. A championship battle that had been friendly and respectful became hostile and angry in a matter of moments. Continue reading
Resolute, Constant, Gentleman, Champion. What a career, wishing him all the best on his F1 return!
In 2016, Giovinazzi showed the F1 paddock his racing pedigree with a brilliant GP2 campaign, finishing 2nd in the standings behind Pierre Gasly. Continue reading
Dennis Adeniran is already on the fringes of the Fulham first team after consistently impressing at academy level. At just 18 years old, Adeniran is very tactically aware for his age and exhibits composure that is beyond his years. Fulham fans may already be familiar with him, as he became Fulham’s youngest ever goalscorer when making his debut in the EFL Cup against Leyton Orient, a record that was quickly beaten by teenage sensation Ryan Sessengon.
Adeniran is a midfielder that has featured regularly for the development team, putting in strong performances in a number of matches. Most notably, in a stop-start match against Blackburn U23’s, he scored this exceptional volley (video credit – @FulhamFC ) in the final minutes to win the game at Craven Cottage. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at this match, it really was a fantastic strike. Continue reading
The Mercedes Driver Development Programme took a self-inflicted, but somewhat temporary blow over the winter. Junior drivers Pascal Wehrlein & Esteban Ocon were overlooked for Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, to replace retiring F1 champion Nico Rosberg in the silver arrows. A decision that has already been justified, with Bottas winning the Russian GP. However, with an unstable drivers market looming for the 2018 grid and beyond, can Wehrlein or Ocon make the final step in the same way that Verstappen, Ricciardo & Vettel have done at Red Bull? Continue reading