The new F1 grid has come up with tougher qualifying rules for young drivers. The young turks aspiring to take part in F1 should be minimum 18 years that completely rules the possibilities for legendary names like Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button- had the rule been introduced during their initial year at Formula One
According to the new norm, the young drivers would need super license to race at F1 which is dependent on fixed set of points to be earned from racing at the junior competitions in a 3-year period.
The drivers have to cover minimum 300 kilometers in a Formula One car & hold a legal driving license. The 17 year old Max Verstappen, who would be having his Formula One debut in 2015 would stand ineligible in case the rules get enforced immediately. (more…)
The inaugural Russian Grand Prix is tipped to be one of the most successful ones in recent times. The Sochi Autodrom is situated near the Black Sea and is one of the most picturesque locations. A number of other activities are also planned in order to attract more and more people to the circuit. The area is one of the hotspots as far the tourists are concerned with sea, mountains and recreational facilities. There are a number of nightclubs which are quite popular. Moreover the son of Russia Daniil Kvyat will be participating in the race. A specific stand will be reserved for his fans. Each of them will be given out souvenirs signed by the racing star himself. The qualifying rounds have already been held and going by the crowd turn out in the same it is expected that there will be even more support on the race day.
The qualifying round that was held recently was won by Nico Rosberg pipping his teammate Lewis Hamilton to claim the top spot. They were closely followed by Jenson Button. But the major threat to the Mercedes drivers still remains Fernando Alonso who finished at the fourth spot. He has been strangely out of sorts this season but will try to prove a point this time around. The drivers seemed very excited to check out the new track and enjoy the challenges. They overcame some of the technical difficulties to put up some good performances. The bright sun that was out this time proved to be very fruitful for the drivers who found it very difficult in the wet conditions in Japan. The Suzuka track did not prove to be a very lucky one as Jules Bianchi met with a severe accident that has left the entire racing world in a state of shock.