We’ve enjoyed an exciting few weeks for our drivers and alumni, but with one weekend left to run, we’re ramping up for one final showdown before winter training gets underway...
The finale countdown
With much of the motorsport season drawing to a close, excitement hits fever pitch in the Formula 2 paddock, as George (Russell) goes head-to-head for the title in a thrilling season finale.
2018 has seen George make a sensational debut into the top tier of junior motorsport, in which he has earned no fewer than 6 victories, 10 podiums and 4 pole positions. This weekend, the championship leader, looks to tackle the grid one last time, in a bid to seal title honours at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Of course, the Formula 2 title will be the icing on the cake, following the recent announcement that George will join the Formula 1 grid in 2019, securing a full-season seat with Williams Racing F1 team. Making his race debut in Australia in a few months time, will be the culmination of a lifelong dream of making it to Formula 1.
Since enjoying success in karting, we have celebrated George’s many successes, through winning the 2014 BRDC Formula 4 Championship at his first attempt, to being awarded the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in the same year. Last year, claimed the GP3 championship in his rookie season, with two races to spare. He heads into this weekend 37 points clear of his rival Alexander Albon.
With his undeniable talent, along with his strong career results to date, we’re sure George will give it everything he has this weekend, as Director of Infinity Sports Management, Harry Soden highlights:
“For George to be in the position he is in is fantastic, it’s a credit to all the hard work he has put on over the years. But he will be taking nothing for granted and will approach this weekend exactly the same as any other to get the job done”
Master of Macau
Once a year, when the FIA Formula 3 championships have been sealed, the world’s best young drivers assemble in the mighty city of Macau, China. Taking to the streets for a thrilling battle, between the tight and narrow walls, to take the honours of the FIA F3 World Cup. Returning this year, following his last lap victory in 2017, Dan Ticktum set out to repeat his successes in style. Of which, he did just that…
On a track that allows no room for error, Dan proved his worth from the first session, his initial pace and confidence growing as he went on to achieve pole position on Friday afternoon. Setting the all-time lap record and out-qualifying his rivals by 0.443s, the Red Bull junior driver lined up in prime position for the all important qualifying race on Saturday morning.
From there, the 19-year-old was unstoppable, claiming a lights-to-flag victory and securing pole position for the historic Macau Grand Prix.
Managing the race from the front, Dan held off the charge from his rivals from the start, until a first lap safety car was called. Handling the pressure of a restart he began to pull away when the track went green once more, until a dramatic collision brought about a red flag situation. Sophia Floersch found herself a passenger as her car was propelled over the top of Tsuboi and through the catch fencing. The ferocity of the incident saw Sophia transported to hospital with a spinal fracture, an injury for which she is recovering well and we send our best wishes to her.
After a prolonged red flag, Dan was back in action where he spearheaded a strong and faultless charge to the flag. Claiming his second Macau GP victory in succession and crowning his dominant performance throughout the weekend in style.
Harry Soden commented on Dan’s impressive achievement:
“World Champion 2 years in a row isn’t bad is it! Credit to Dan, who despite winning Macau last year, has prepared even harder and his dedication showed. From Quali 2 to the end of race 2, he was in a league of his own in very tough circumstances... I’m excited about what the future holds for him”
With full focus on 2019 already, Dan will make his Formula 2 debut this weekend in Abu Dhabi with Arden Motorsport, where we’re sure he’ll continue to showcase his talent.