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Our Writer’s picks for the best young talent in their countries

There are thousands of drivers who are all racing in junior formula with a hope of one day joining Formula One. Here at Divebomb 6 of us have chosen who we think is the best young driver from the countries we live in. 

Written by Olly Radley, Tanishka Vashee, Morgan Holiday, Thomas Bergamo, Daniil Jones, Janvi Unni.

Edited by Harshi Vashee 

Olly – The United Kingdom 

Why Oliver Bearman Is One Of Britain's Biggest Upcoming Racing Stars – F1  Feeder Series

I’ll start off then from the United Kingdom, a country steeped with rich motor racing history, I naturally have a good selection of young talents to choose from. Some would first look at drivers such as Dan Ticktum or Oli Caldwell, or even the recently crowned GB3 champion, Zak O’Sullivan. While all 3 are top talents with great chances of Formula One, the prospect of the kid I’ve gone for, far outweighs the others.

I’ve been shouting praise for Ollie Bearman for a while now but over the course of his F4 campaign he’s backed me up quite nicely. Ollie is at the latter-part of a very successful year in both ADAC and Italian F4. In Italy, he’s already the champion before they’ve even gone to the final round in Monza. ADAC F4 has also been a success so far, leading by 35 points going into the final 2 rounds at Hockenheim and the Nurburgring. 

Not only has he won or led these series, but he’s straight up dominated them. From the 2nd race at Misano to the 1st race at the Red Bull Ring (a span of 9 races), Ollie won 8 of them, and was disqualified after victory in the 9th. Add another 4 podiums to the mix and you get a phenomenal F4 season.

Not only has he impressed motorsport fans at home but it seems he has already caught the eye of Formula One. Recently, Ollie has been taking part in a Ferrari Driver Academy scouting camp. There are a few other candidates but having impressed in their own backyard, I’d say Bearman has a very strong chance of becoming the FDA’s newest young prospect. What stands out most with Ollie is the consistency and maturity he shows. At just 16 he is able to always be at the front or thereabouts throughout a whole season of racing. With his team, Van Amersfoort joining F3 in 2022, who knows, maybe we’ll see Ollie racing in Formula 3 next year.

Thomas – Italy

Colombo claims pole for second Eurocup race at Hockenheim

Italy has a central role in motorsport. The two races this year, and the three last year, can prove it. Apart from the drama, every Italian person dreams to be the next Micheal Schumacher. Indeed, many Italian talents are ready to launch themselves in a big competition (like Formula 2 or Formula 3) or, maybe, they already are into it. One of these “rising stars” is Lorenzo Colombo. 

Colombo’s first kart appearance goes back to 2009, when he took part in the Italian karting championship. In 2011 he took part in the EasyKart Italian championship, getting two fourth places and the third place in the general on his rookie season. The next year he won the EasyKart championship, re-taking what he lost  in the previous one. In the same year he decided to take part in the 60cc Italian karting championship. This championship benefited him to third place in the standings. Colombo, in 2012, had the opportunity to take part in the WSK, but the level of the world championship grew. Between 2013 and 2015, he fought in the “Malaguti Trophy ” getting two second places on the general standings. He got the same result in the italian kart championship, finishing only behind Alessandro Giardelli (currently an Italian Porsche Carrera CUP driver). 

2015 will be his last year on karts, before passing in the single-seaters. His journey starts with BVM Racing, which gets him the seat. In 2016, in his rookie season, he finished the championship in the 12th position. 2017 was a completely different season. He had to compete in three championships (Formula 4 Italian championship, ADAC Formula 4 and Euroformula Open) anc two different categories, for a total of 26 races to dispute. But Lorenzo, in that year, showed all of his potential. He got his first podium in Imola, a second place which had the taste of victory. Apart from this podium, he got two victories, eight podiums and three pole positions. In ADAC Formel 4 he runned only three races, with Bhaitech, and he raced only one race in Euroformula Open with Campos Racing, getting good results in both categories.

 The third place in the Italian Formula 4 championship standings benefited him a seat in JD Motorsport in Formula Renault Cup for the 2018 year. He surprised lots of fans by finishing four times on the podium, Monza (both race 1 and race 2), Hockenheim, and Red Bull Ring, and a fifth place in Catalunya. In 2019, with MP motosport, he made the quality jump, finishing fourth in the Formula Renault, behind Oscar Piastri by a hundred of points. In 2020, he was decided to win the championship. But his season start was disappointing. Constantly in the top 10, but he never had the rivals’ pace. But his season finale was surprising, winning three races and setting two fastest laps. 

After these results, Adrian Campos offered him a seat in Formula 3 with his own team: Campos Racing. Both Lorenzo and Mr. Campos released happy statements after the Italian signed the contract. A thing you must know about Lorenzo Colombo is that he’s a master in tricky conditions.

Thanks to his skills he won race 1 in Hungary (before getting penalized for exceeding track limits) that he dedicated to Adrian Campos, who has suddenly passed away. Adrian was a really important figure in the Italian’s career.

He was one of the firsts to believe in him and the Spaniard wanted Colombo in his team. But he showed in another race all of his skills: race 1 in Spa-Francorchamps. Indeed, he was able to run away from the other drivers and then he could manage an advantage of ten seconds, on his debut season. He finished this season in fifteenth place, with one victory and two fastest laps. 

He is one of the best italian talents and, maybe, we could see him next year in a top team, like Prema.   

Morgan – USA

Williams add US racer Logan Sargeant to their driver academy ranks

America is full of young driving talent, but most don’t make it far up the Formula 1 ladder. In the history of FIA Formula 2, only four drivers have raced under the American flag. One of those drivers was Indycar racer, Patricio O’Ward, who is of Mexican nationality and only competed in two races. The other three drivers, Juan Manuel Correa, Ryan Tveter, and Santino Ferrucci, also never competed in a full season, meaning that no American driver has ever completed a season of Formula 2. 

Formula 3, on the other hand, is a different matter. In the 2021 season, five drivers competed in at least two rounds of the series: Juan Manuel Correa, Jak Crawford, Kaylen Frederick, Hunter Yeany, and Logan Sargeant. Of those drivers, Logan Sargeant finished highest with seventh place in the championship standings, and has (arguably) the most talent.

Sargeant made headlines in 2015, when he became the first American to win an FIA Karting Championship since Lake Speed in 1978. From there he made his way up the Formula 1 feeder series ladder, eventually joining Formula 3 in 2019 with Carlin. While he finished 19th in the standings that year, he managed to impress with a podium at the Macau Grand Prix. The following season he signed with Prema Racing and narrowly missed out on winning the title, which went to Alpine junior driver Oscar Piastri.

For the 2021 season Sargeant remained in Formula 3, as he didn’t have the financial backing to progress up to Formula 2. He raced with Charouz, and finished seventh in the standings, giving the Czech team their first podium and race win in the series. Sargeant also scored 102 of the team’s 127 points and as a result, Charouz finished fifth in the team standings, a personal best. Sergeant’s ability to perform in both top teams and backmarkers and his ability to draw the maximum pace out of whatever he’s driving earns him my pick for the best young American racing talent.

     

Tanishka – India

Jehan Daruvala recalls transition from F3 to F2 | Sports News,The Indian  Express

2013 was the last time a Grand Prix was held in India, F1’s popularity peaked, fell and is once again gaining momentum. India boasts a growing audience for Formula One, and with young Indian talent just breaking into the world of motorsport, it is bound to increase.

My Pick for this piece is none other than Jehan Daruvala. The young driver from Mumbai is part of Red Bull’s Junior team and is seventh in the F2 standings, driving for Carlin Motorsport. Racing in India is not yet as massive and competitive as in the case of European countries. Jehan had the privilege of being able to turn his dreams into reality and started Karting in competitions globally at the age of 13. 

In 2015, he raced in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, finishing fifth, he also made appearances in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and Eurocup Formula 2.0. The following year he took part in the Toyota Racing Series and finished second. In 2017, he made a move to the European Formula 3 championship with Carlin Racing. He won a race at Norisring, outperforming all his teammates except for Lando Norris who went on to win the title. Jehan competed in the inaugural season of the FIA  Formula Three Championship in 2018, taking two wins, five other podiums and finishing third overall.

Jehan made it to Formula 2 with Carlin racing with Yuki Tsunoda as his teammate. Not only had he shown brilliance in the fight for the F3 title but he also found himself recruited by Red Bull’s young driver program. It took him a while to find his rhythm, after taking a win at the season finale, his confidence was back. 

2021 is shaping to be a good year for him, he raced for Mumbai Falcons in the F3 Asian Championship, got three wins and finished third in the standings. In his second season of Formula 2, he won the sprint race at Monza and the feature race at Sochi. These wins have been monumental in establishing him as the face of motorsport in India. 

Jehan has been candid about the level of competition and his expectations, he hopes to make it to F1 by 2023. Realistically speaking, seeing how he improves with every race, it’s within reach for him to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport. 

He brings younger audiences in India exposure to the world of racing. Watching him make it to the top will definitely grow the sport’s appeal to Indian viewers. 

Daniil – Russia 

Robert Shwartzman to compete in FIA Formula 2 in 2020

Motorsport in Russia was almost non-existent until the last decade. The arrival of Vitaly Petrov in 2010, followed by Daniil Kvyat, Sergey Sirotkin and Nikita Mazepin shows the growing interest in Russia. The Russian Grand Prix was held for the 1st time at the Sochi Autodrom, and in the last decade, the country has constructed 2 more Grade 1 circuits, in Moscow Raceway and Igora Drive, where F1 is set to relocate to in 2023.

The growing interest has promoted some talents, and my pick will be Robert Shwartzman. Despite Shwartzman being somewhat underwhelming in 2021, he still sits a respectable 3rd in the standings, and the championship is still not quite out of reach, as F2 heads to Jeddah and Yas Marina. Shwartzman is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and since he joined in 2017, has picked up titles in the Toyota Racing Series and FIA Formula 3.

He impressed us in his 1st F2 season too, 4 victories was the most of anyone on the grid in 2020 and consistency meant he finished 4th in the standings. He was unfortunate to miss out on an F1 seat too, after Alfa Romeo opted to stay with Giovinazzi and Haas chose Mazepin and Schumacher. Even though a title is still within grasp this year, the Alfa Romeo seat is near impossible for him, with Piastri, Zhou, Herta, de Vries and Giovinazzi all believed to be ahead in the pecking order.

Although his hopes are diminishing, an F1 seat will certainly not be impossible. It does remain to be seen whether he will do a 3rd F2 season. But, without doubt, he is an immense talent, and is highly rated by everyone in the paddock. Russian talent doesn’t stop there either, Alex Smolyar impressed in F3, whilst Nikita Bedrin and Kiril Smal are impressing in F4.

Is Shwartzman good enough for F1? Certainly. Will it happen? Time will tell.

Janvi – New Zealand

Hitech Grand Prix

F1 hasn’t had too many drivers from New Zealand, the most well-known being Bruce McLaren and Brendon Hartley. But one 19 year old from Hastings, New Zealand is waiting patiently among the vast number of eager talents in junior motorsport series. 

Liam Lawson, mentored by 3-time NZ Grand Prix winner Ken Smith, has won on his debut in every category he’s raced in, barring F2: Formula First, Formula Ford, Formula 3 Asia and Toyota Racing Series; which he won overall in 2019 with 3 wins and 6 podiums. In 2017, he won the NZ F1600 Championship Series in his home country, New Zealand. In 2020, Lawson had a strong F3 season, winning in Austria and Italy. 

In 2021, Liam made the decision to race a dual campaign. He raced in DTM with AF Corse and finished the championship as runner-up in his rookie season. In Formula 2, he’s competing at Hitech GP with fellow RedBull academy driver Juri Vips. He’s won in Bahrain and Monaco, and currently sits 8th in the championship standings with 80 points. 

RedBull recently announced that Liam will be doing the young driver’s test with Alpha Tauri in Abu Dhabi at the end of the 2021 season. Although there are no seats available in F1 for 2022, Lawson has said that he’s ready to wait for another year or two for a shot at a seat in Formula One.  RedBull motorsports advisor Helmut Marko has confirmed that Liam will return to F2 in 2022. 

If all goes well and luck is in Liam’s favour, I’m sure we’ll see him following the footsteps of RedBull academy graduate Yuki Tsunoda, and make his way to the top in Formula One in another 2 or 3 years. 

Well that’s it from us then, let us know in the comments where you’re from and who your country’s best shot at F1 is! Until next time.

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Verstappen Extends Title Lead With Victory at Austin

Written by Morgan Holiday, Edited by Aiden Hover

Formula 1 has returned to America in style, and Max Verstappen took his eighth victory of the season ahead of title contender Lewis Hamilton. It would be easy to say the Dutch driver converted his pole position into a victory, but that doesn’t tell the story of the tense fight between the Red Bull driver and his Mercedes rival that went back and forth throughout the 56 laps at the Circuit Of The Americas.

As the lights went out, Hamilton in second got a better start than the pole sitter, and was ahead coming out of turn 1 as Verstappen went wide trying to cut him off. Perez in third managed to retain his position, and so at the end of the first lap the top three were Hamilton, Verstappen, and Perez. While there was no major action at the front, a little further down the field, the Ferrari and McLaren drivers were fighting for position. Leclerc managed to hold fourth place, while Ricciardo got past Sainz for fifth, and Norris remained in seventh. Even further down the field, Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll tangled with the Williams of Nicholas Latifi, knocking them both down the order.

Pit stops started early as most drivers pit for hard tyres before lap 15. Optimum strategy appeared to be starting on the medium tyre, pitting early for hards, and then making a second stop for another set of hards later in the race. Attempting an undercut to regain the lead of the race Verstappen pitted on lap 10, and by the time Hamilton followed on lap 13, he had successfully retaken the race lead. 

On lap 15 Pierre Gasly retired with a broken suspension, after facing pre-race drama on the grid with a sensor change. As the race progressed and the top ten settled into their positions, battles were being fought hard in the midfield. Alpine vs Alfa Romeo stirred up drama, as Raikkonen passed Alonso at a point that Alonso felt was outside track limits, and Alonso did the same to Giovinazzi several laps later. After a radio exchange between Alpine and Race Director Michael Masi, it was clarified that overtaking on the outside of the track was not allowed, and Alonso was ordered to give the place back to Giovinazzi by his team.

By lap 25, drivers were starting to come into the pits for their second set of hard tyres. After a brief VSC for a marshall clearing debris off the track, Verstappen came in on lap 29 to cover Hamilton, who didn’t pit for a second time until almost ten laps later. After his second stop, Verstappen was back in the lead, and it was a race till the end. On lap 41 Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race, a 1.38.485, and the chase was on. With the seven second gap between them drawing ever closer, the midfield fought for final positions. Perez and Leclerc sat calmly in third and fourth place, but behind them the battles raged on. Sainz in sixth drew closer to Ricciardo but couldn’t manage to get past, while behind him Bottas tried move after move to get around the Ferrari. 

Alpine struggled in the second stint of the race, with Ocon retiring from a mechanical issue on lap 42, and Alonso retiring with a rear wing problem ten laps later. Meanwhile up front, by lap 51 Hamilton had closed the gap to Verstappen to barely over one second. Their battle, as the race drew to a close, was not only with each other, but with the cars they had to lap along the way. A problem getting past Tsunoda cost Verstappen over four seconds to Hamilton, and headed into the final lap Haas’ Schumacher was also finding it hard to make way for the top pair. It was Schumacher though, in the end, that gave Verstappen DRS down the main straight going into the 56th and final lap, and helping him to keep Hamilton behind. As the nail biting race drew to a close and Bottas finally passed Sainz for sixth place, Verstappen crossed the line only 1.3 seconds ahead of Hamilton.

Verstappen now holds a 12 point lead in the driver’s championship over Hamilton, and Perez’s third place allowed Red Bull to close the gap in the Constructor’s to just 23 points behind Mercedes. Leclerc, Ricciardo, Bottas, Sainz, Norris, Tsunoda, and Vettel made up the final points finishers. With the sun setting on a dramatic weekend in Austin, the teams and drivers will now be looking ahead to Mexico, which is where they will be racing when Formula 1 returns.

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Max Verstappen takes pole position at the Circuit of Americas

Written by Byron Hale, Edited by Morgan Holiday

Qualifying has concluded in Austin! Verstappen took yet another well fought pole position ahead of the Mercedes duo who appear to have a long debrief ahead as they look to regain the performance which has seemingly disappeared over the course of the weekend.

There were penalties galore in Austin as many drivers will lose positions going into race day with Russell, Alonso, and Vettel all taking entirely new engines which will see them fall to the back of the grid. Bottas will also take a sixth internal combustion engine leaving him with a five place grid penalty. One must wonder where Mercedes are storing all these engines!

They may have penalties but they all still set times, as whoever was ahead at the end of qualifying would start in 18th, as three drivers battled for the bottom few positions despite their engine woes.

Vettel would show the initial advantage as he slotted in P10 come the end of Q1 with Russell 12th and Alonso 14th; Q2 painted a similar picture as all three would be eliminated with Vettel 12th, Alonso 14th, and Russell 15th after he failed to set a lap time due to his lap times being deleted for track limits at turn 9, which has seen many drivers lose lap times.

Mclaren had shown strong pace over the course of the entire weekend as they comfortably got through Q1 and Q2 with little issue. Both cars got through on the medium compound tyre which puts them in an ideal position ahead of the 56 laps of the race tomorrow. In Q3 Mclaren would fall to 7th and 8th behind the Ferraris and Ahead of the Red Bull sister team AlphaTauri.

Alfa Romeo showed good pace at the start of the weekend, although this pace did seem to dissipate as the weekend progressed. This led to Kimi Raikonnen being eliminated in Q1 as he failed to make it through yet again. With his last Q2 appearance being Hungary, it remains to be seen as to what the Iceman can do in his final six F1 races as he retires at the end of the season.

Giovanazzi did make it through to the second part of qualifying as he got through in 15th place, and he out-qualified his more experienced teammate for the 11th time in 2021. He did not make it through to Q2 however, as he qualified 13th ahead of Alonso and Russell, who failed to set a valid time in the session.

Mercedes and Red Bull appeared to be the outright fastest cars as they duked it out for the top positions, with Red Bull appearing to have the initial pace as the sessions got underway. Mercedes looked weaker as they wound up P8 and P9 in Q1, which was a sub-par performance given Mercedes’ high standards.

As Q2 began, the mediums were strapped on for Both Red Bulls and Mercedes cars as they seemed the optimum strategy, and they sought a strategic advantage for the race. Verstappen set the initial pace and looked strong as he roped the chart by a third of a second ahead of championship rival Lewis Hamilton, who qualified easily into the next session. Bottas and Perez appeared to struggle on the Mediums, as the flying Finn would finish 5th in Q2 with the Mexican only 7th come the end of the session as the track continued to improve, allowing for other cars to go much faster.

With Q3 underway, it was a game of damage limitation for Bottas who looked to limit the penalty he picked up for his engine changes. Verstappen would look strong as he set the fastest time, but that would be short lived as Sergio Perez would shortly snatch provisional pole position from the Dutchman as he attempted to go to his home race as a first time pole sitter for Red Bull Racing. As the session  drew to a close, Verstappen would pull an astonishing lap out of the bag as he claimed pole position from Lewis Hamilton who was two tenths slower than the Red Bull of Max although still ahead of Segio Perez.

Bottas would perform some good damage limitation as he took 4th place, which will see him drop to 9th place for tomorrow’s grid. A strong showing from both Mercedes and Red Bull has seen the race set up for another dynamic duel amongst our championship protagonists as they seek to gain the edge as the season begins to draw to a close.

The Grand Prix starts at 8PM BST on Sunday and you will not want to miss this as Hamilton and Verstappen battle once again for the championship edge. We will see you on race day!

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Logan Sargeant joins Williams Academy

Written by Lucy Bennett, edited by Morgan Holiday

Ahead of Free Practice for today Williams have confirmed that Logan Sargeant has joined their academy. 

The American driver joins a group of Williams junior members that include current W-Series champion Jamie Chadwick, Jack Aitken and current DAMS Formula 2 driver Roy Nissany. 

Logan Sargeant competed in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 season for Charouz, taking one win and two other finishes on the podium, earning him a solid 7th place in the standings.

Now he’s joined the Williams Academy he will be hungry to improve his form and work his way up the ranks.

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The craziest race ever: Indianapolis 2005

Written by Thomas Bergamo, Edited by Morgan Holiday

The 2005 year showed us many battles: Schumacher versus Alonso, Ferrari versus Renault, and of course, Michelin versus Bridgestone. Indeed, 2005 was called “the tyre war year”. Ferrari and Bridgestone, until 2005, dominated undisputed. But, with the 2005 regulation changes, Renault could get close to the Italian team. 

One of these changes was that the drivers couldn’t enter the pit lane to change their tyres. Bridgestone was a very fast tyre, but it didn’t last very long. In fact, Michael Schumacher won a race (Magny-Cours 2004) making four pit stops. Instead Michelin had a tyre that was a little bit slower than the Bridgestone one, but its duration was longer than its rival by far.

Now you may ask, why have you ever talked about tyre compounds? When Formula 1 arrived at Indianapolis all the paddock was thinking about a normal weekend, but during FP1 Riccardo Zonta, Toyota test driver, flattened his tyre on turn 7. Then, during FP2, Ralf Schumacher also flattened his tyre, but this time on turn 13, the last turn. Fortunately, the German driver could get out of the car without any consequence, but the doctors denied him from competing in the race. Another alarm bell was that Toyota engineers found a relevant tyre pressure drop. 

So Michelin gathered all the team principals from the teams who mounted their tyres for analyzing the datas. They found nothing “dangerous for drivers’ safety”. On Saturday, only two drivers who had mounted Michelin tyres, setted valid times. By the way, qualifyings gets on. Trulli set the pole position, the first one for Toyota. On Saturday evening arrived “the crack”: a Michelin statement which said “Following analysis of the Ralf Schumacher’s incident, we do not ensure our pneumatic energy.”

So the action moved from the track to inside the paddock. That evening, and the following morning, was only a mix of confusion. Nobody knew what to do. Then, at ten o’clock something changed. All the teams agreed on building a chicane instead of doing the last turn. But Ferrari strongly opposed it and they didn’t do anything. 

During the formation lap Coulthard said to the team “Guys, I want to race”. This little glimmer of hope was immediately turned off by another team radio, but this time from Flavio Briatore to his driver, Fernando Alonso. He said “Fernando we need to retire the car”. All the cars which mounted Michelin tyres re-entered into the pits to retire their cars. Only the Ferraris, the Minardis and the Jordans stayed on the track.

The public in the grandstands were furious, and they showed it by throwing everything on the track, including a plastic bottle which hit Rubens Barrichello. Another episode was when Michael Schumacher exited from the pits and almost crashed into his teammate. By the way, the race was won by the German driver, followed by Rubens Barrichello and Thiago Monteiro, who completed that podium. The drivers of the Italian constructor didn’t celebrate that win, but the Jordan driver celebrated his first podium. Michelin was forced by the FIA to reimburse the tickets of all the fans. In 2006 the Japanese tyre manufacturer left Formula 1.

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Andretti’s Plan to Enter F1

Formula 1 is returning to America this weekend, and it is bringing with it rumours of a new team. Throughout the past couple of weeks there have been whispers of Andretti Autosport looking to join Formula 1 as soon as 2022. While normally this wouldn’t be possible, as adding a new team to the sport would certainly take several years to plan and execute, the American racing team has a unique opportunity to bring the Andretti name back to Formula 1 without creating a whole new team.

Written by Morgan Holiday, Edited by Janvi Unni

Currently, Andretti Autosport races in Indycar, Indy Lights, IMSA, Formula E, Extreme E, and Supercars. It has been no secret that the team has had an interest in joining the top step of the motorsport ladder for some time now, but they didn’t seem to be pursuing it seriously until recently. While creating a completely new team is a daunting and expensive venture, the other way to join Formula 1 is to buy an existing team, which is Andretti’s current plan.

Michael Andretti, son of former Formula 1 World Champion Mario Andretti and owner of Andretti Autosport, is currently in talks to become a majority owner of Sauber. The deal would be with Islero Investments, the company that owns Sauber. His plan is to buy 80% of the company, which would give him ownership of them, along with Sauber Motorsports, and effectively make him the new team owner of Alfa Romeo’s Formula 1 team. This would give the team a chance to enter Formula 1 while escaping any entry fees or having to build a team and car from scratch.

2022 would be an ideal time for Andretti to enter Formula 1, as the new regulations offer a big chance for midfield or backmarker teams to make large performance gains. While Alfa Romeo currently sits in 9th in the constructor’s standings and will likely finish there at the end of the season, the 2022 changes could see them climb up the grid, if they do everything correctly. Having an experienced racing team like Andretti to assist them through the regulation changes and add funding could increase their chances of a performance boost even more. 

In addition, Andretti being a team on the Formula 1 grid would be seen as a highly valuable asset for the sport, as there has been an increased effort in recent years to draw American viewers to the sport. A new American team, as well as possibly an American driver, is something Formula 1 has stated an interest in having, and is something Andretti would provide.

If Andretti succeeds in gaining control of Sauber, the American team could be seen on the Formula 1 grid as early as 2022. Valtteri Bottas has a contract with the (currently) Swiss team Alfa Romeo for 2022, but the second seat is still undecided. The main drivers in contention for that seat at the moment are current Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi, and Alpine junior drivers Guanyu Zhou and Oscar Piastri. Should Andretti take over, any of these drivers would still be options for that seat. However, with the team’s presence, Indycar’s Colton Herta could also be amongst those names in the running for a seat. 

Herta has been driving in Indycar for four seasons, and currently drives with Andretti Autosport. He is already a six time winner in the series, but the opportunity for a Formula 1 seat is one very few would say no to. While Herta does not currently possess enough points to be eligible for a super licence, the FIA has been more lenient with the super licence rules in the past year, and should Herta be seriously in the running for a seat at Andretti’s new team, it’s highly likely exceptions could be made.

Reportedly, the deal has been done and is expected to be announced sometime this weekend.

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National Teams in F1 and how to develop it

Some weeks ago I discovered the country nation in motocross and I really enjoyed the mechanics and the drama of it. So I thought, will a competition similar to this be good in F1?  

Written by Thomas Bergamo, Edited by Janvi Unni

So, let’s start from the two most important things: the car and the lineup. The car used would be the same for everyone: same engine, same chassis. The only thing that can be personalized is the car setup. So the manufacturer would be the same for every team. Another important thing are the lineups. Drivers can have enough super-license points (50 at the moment) for racing in a Formula1 car. Drivers’ choice ought to be very important, because a single driver can decide the winning of this title. 

How many teams can enter in this competition? While I was reading the F1 rules book, my eye fell upon an interesting rule: the maximum drivers allowed in the grid is 26. So that means that we will have a maximum of thirteen teams. 

If there are more than thirteen teams, how can the FIA decide which team enters and which does not? In this case there would be semifinals and then, at the distance of months, the final. 

Which circuit will be chosen for hosting it and with which criteria? The circuit that will host the nations will be drawn before the starting of the season. Firstly, all the circuits that haven’t passed the A1 FIA graduation test are excluded. Secondly, the street circuits won’t host it, for not creating too much economic damage to the city. Third main criteria: before the draw, the representatives of the various circuits must show their desire to host it. If they are drawn, they can’t refuse. They can abort it only for major causes. 

The week-end structure will be almost the same as a normal week-end: Free Practices on Friday, Qualifyings and Race 1 on Saturday (45 minutes race) and Race 2 (normal race). Qualifying will determine the grid order of Race 2. Race 1 order, instead, will be composed of inverted TOP 10 qualifiers results.

The team who gets the pole will earn four points. Race 1 points system will be the same as a Formula 2 sprint race (top 8 will take points). Race 2, instead, will give the same points as a normal race. At the end, the team who will have more points will win. 

Country National points won’t count in the Formula 1 championship, because it’s a separate event.

Last but most importantly, I’ll tell you the 2021 line-ups:

Team England: Lewis Hamilton – George Russell.

Team Netherlands: Max Verstappen – Nyck De Vries.

Team Germany: Sebastian Vettel – Mick Schumacher.

Team México: Sergio Pérez – Patricio O’Ward.

Team Italy: Antonio Giovinazzi – Antonio Fuoco.

Team Spain: Carlos Sainz – Fernando Alonso.

Team Finland: Kimi Räikkönen – Valtteri Bottas.

Team Belgium: Stoffel Vandoorne – Lando Norris (he has Belgian citizenship).

Team FIA (because Russia has been Disqualified from WADA): Danil Kvyat – Robert Shwartzman.

Team France: Pierre Gasly – Jean-Eric Vergne.

Team Australia: Daniel Ricciardo – Oscar Piastri 

Team Canada: Lance Stroll – Nicholas Latifi.

Team Japan: Yuki Tsunoda – Kamui Kobayashi.

Team Brazil: Lucas Di Grassi – Felipe Drugovich (if he can reach top 5. If not the reserve driver would be Pietro Fittipaldi).

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Woman’s Crush Wednesday: Penny Harrison

Written by Bruna Brito, Edited by Harshi Vashee 

Penny Harrison is the head of the social media of W Series, the women’s championship using the Tatuus F3 T-318, the race car is similar to the latest FIA F3 specification.

Penny has been working for the Series since 2018, being one of the co-founders and idealists of the championship whose goal is to inspire girls to practice kart and getting more women into the base of the sport. The W Series mission is based on the idea that if you can see it, you can be.

Harrison has worked for Mclaren for four years, her work and excellence earned her a nomination for The Drum Social Buzz Award with the British team. Again being nominated in her recent years, as in charge of the W Series media.

Not only does Penny hold her multiple nominations working on the papaya team, but also her amazing friendship with Charlotte Sefton, communications manager for the McLaren drivers.

In her words Penny describes her purpose with the WSeries: “I am very proud to be a part of something so innovative. We’re not saying men and women can’t compete again (far from it), but we’re here to create opportunities, training, and experience.” 

Faithful to her ideas, competent and determined, this is how we see Penny Harrison’s work on and off the track. We as DIVEBOMB wish her every success in her career and may she continue to inspire thousands around her.

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THE HARSH REALITIES OF MOTORSPORT

Written by Tom Evans, Edited by Harshi Vashee

Football. Tennis. Cricket. All sports (but I’m sure you noticed that) that are reasonably easy to get into. Just buy a ball, racket or bat and show up to a school club or practice yourself. All pretty easy to get into, and definitely obtainable for most people/most people’s parents to get their children into. But Motorsport is very special in that particular aspect. You need to have a lot of talent, time but most importantly, money.

And not everyone has a large amount of it so, I’m sure it pains quite a few Motorsport fans that the best racing driver of all time could be sitting at a desk in an office block somewhere. 

I’m going to run through exactly how difficult it really is to have a successful career in Motorsport.

Karting

The very first stage in a young driver’s journey, and you might think that it is relatively cheap, and to start off you’d be right (well ish). One season of rental karting in the UK will cost you around £2,000 or $2,800. That is still not cheap at all but for Motorsport that’s a great starting point. 

As you start to progress up the ranks, it becomes more and more expensive. You’ll need to start buying gear such as a kart, racing helmet, suit, gloves and new sets of tyres will cost you upwards of £12,000 or $16,000. For most people that’s an absurd amount of money and we are only just getting started.

Single seaters

Let’s say that in our hypothetical situation, you have a very successful karting career in the UK and you decide that you want to go down the single seater route. If you want to be in a competitive field, with a decent car and the lowest price, the British F4 championship is for you. A season in this championship will cost you an eye watering £200,000 to £300,000 ($270,000 to $400,000). Even for the wealthy, without major sponsorship this is completely unobtainable. 

The next obvious step would be to progress to the British F3 Championship, or GB3 as its now known as. The cost you may ask? Only £450,000 to £650,000 ($600,000 to $880,000).

Which is once again an insane amount of money, for a series that isn’t known around the world.

So you want a series which gives you world recognition? Well that’s going to cost you a whole lot more. Around £800,000 will get you a seat in a midfield FIA Formula 3 team. That’s roughly $1,000,000 for our American readers. And for a top team such as Prema or Trident that’ll be about £100,000 to £200,000 more. 

Finally, the last step before Formula 1 is FIA Formula 2. There are a few cases of incredibly talented drivers not having the funds to get a seat in F2, most notably Logan Sargent (who you can read about in a recent article). And with a cost of £2,000,000 ($2,700,000) it’s not surprising that he couldn’t make the step up.

Alternatives

As you can see, single seaters is a rough road for any motorsport prospect to go down. So what are the alternatives?

British GT racing is a decent alternative with a decently competitive field. A season of that will cost around £75,000 or $100,000. This is still not cheap but compared to the price of an entry level single seater series, relatively cheaper. 

However, Formula Ford is a single seater series which only costs about £30,000 per season, but the levels of competitiveness are much lower. But still a great alternative.

If you are REALLY strapped for cash, you can enter Formula Vee, the cheapest single seater racing series in the world. You can buy one of their cars for under £10,000, and to enter per year is around £5,000 including crash damages (if you know how to drive properly). 

Conclusion

Overall, motorsport is one of the harshest sports in the world, where the amount of money you have is more important than how good you are. So if you’re looking into something like this, I hope you take this article into account!

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Valtteri Bottas takes triumphant victory ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.


Written by Byron Hale, edited by Harshi Vashee

Round 16 of the Formula 1 championship has just drawn to a close and what a thrilling race it was! After it rained overnight we were presented with a wet start which opened the race up to various different strategies with no clear strategy to do. Bottas would start from P1 following Hamilton’s grid penalty. He would not be the only driver with a grid penalty as Ricciardo and Sainz would take penalties which led to them lining up 20th and 19th respectively.

As the formation lap got underway, it was clear that the intermediates were the way to go as plenty of spray came off of the cars as they got to grips with the condition on one of very few renaissance laps they were presented with. As Ricciardo lined up at the back of the grid, the flag Marshall waved the flag with the start sequence beginning shortly. A good start for Bottas would see him maintain 1st in the race as he had the best start of any driver opening the grid allowing him to maintain the lead and keeping him out of the chaos that was ensuing behind.

As Perez approached turn 1, he looked to attempt a move on Pierre Gasly which led to Gasly being sandwiched, further leading to Alonso being sent into a spin bringing a brilliant P5 start tumbling down as he waited to rejoin the track safely. As Alonso attempted to get his race back on track, he went for a clumsy move on Mick Schumacher as he attempted to get ahead of the Haas car. After a little bit of contact, Alonso would get ahead however in his desperation, he would get a 5 Second Penalty as he was deemed at fault for the collision. Gasly would also get a 5 Second Penalty for his collision with Alonso as he was also deemed in the wrong for their tangle on Lap 1.

As the race settled down, Hamilton would make a crucial overtake, around the outside, on Lance Stroll. As he overtook the Canadian, he got up into P7 with him now having to hunt the McLaren of Lando Norris. Further back, Carlos Sainz was attempting to do an F1 2021 last to first challenge as he would climb from 19th to 11th within 9 laps; the Spaniard would show promising pace in his Scarlett red Ferrari following his Engine change as he continued to drive a solid race for his team. However when he pit, he would have a slow stop on lap 36 as he pit for a second set of intermediate tyres and was stationary for 9.8 seconds as Ferrari struggled to get to grips with the pit stop regulation changes that were introduced for Belgium.

On lap 36, Sebastian Vettel would go for a gamble as he went for the Medium compound tyres as he looked to take a gamble as the conditions improved; following multiple offs and losing plenty of time, the German reported that the track was not ready for the Mediums. He pit on lap 37 for a set of intermediates conforming to the strategy adopted by most drivers. After pitting early, Ricciardo was set to score points as he looked to have good pace on the new intermediates however as the race progressed, the intermediates deteriorated leading him to fall to P13 Come the flag.

One driver who had no tyre concerns was Esteban Ocon who unlike his teammate, did not pit in the race as he went 58 laps on the intermediates making this one of very few occasions where a driver is classified with 0 pit stops as the race was wet he was not required to pit for a different set of tyres. The efforts of Ocon would be rewarded as he would score Alpine a point in the race making it Alpine’s 15th consecutive points finish!

A difference of strategy for Mercedes led to Hamilton pitting and losing his impressive 3rd place in the race. Hamilton would not appreciate pitting as he lost multiple places and was left susceptible to Gasly and Norris. The Brit had reached the challenging window on the tyres where they were overheating as they had not yet grained in for optimal efficiency on the track. Hamilton would make his frustrations clear as he stated his dislike for the strategy leaving him 5th with 8 laps to go with 20 seconds to clear if this strategy was going to work. As you can imagine, the strategy did not work and he crossed the flag in a disappointing 5th place behind Leclerc who had a strong race.

Red Bull would appear to break the white livery curse which originated from Hockenheim 2019 where Mercedes had one of their worst races to date. Red Bull would have a near flawless race as Max would finish a resounding P2, which is a good result given his championship rival was 5th which allows him to gain 8 points on rival Hamilton and re-claim the championship lead for the second time in the 2021 season.

Sergio Perez would also show some solid pace as he would finish P3 in the race which is a good result from Red Bull as the net a total of 33 points across the weekend. Mercedes would score 35 points which means Red bull do lose marginal Ground on Mercedes as they just lose out across the weekend in the constructors.

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