Japanese GP – PREVIEW
There are only 5 remaining Grand Prix before the end of the World Championship, with a wide open fight at Mercedes’. The menu is one of those interesting, consisting of four traditional rounds (one on the brand new Russian circuit) and one GP, Abu Dhabi, which is worth even as double.
In the past, Suzuka has been scene of important challenges, both because for many years it was the final stage of the season, and because it decreed the winner. Today, instead, we arrive with many question marks. At Mercedes’, the two drivers are almost pair and reliability will play a role nearly as first actor. Behind them, there’s an open battle for third place in Drivers and Constructors Standings.
We speak of a technical and demanding track, in all accounts: pilot, car and tyres. It’s not easy to get the maximum. It’ll be interesting to see who, between Lewis and Nico, will be able to excel and take that advantage, even psychological, to face the new challenge of Sochi.
It’ll be an “open” weekend also “behind the scenes”. Honda would have liked to announce his plans for 2015 right in its living room, but it’ll be difficult; it’s still on the hunt for a top-driver. At Ferrari’s, there’s a strange silence that could be a sign of renewal. According to what we read, Maranello would make even less of its number 1. In my personal opinion: if you want to put in place an internal and such important reorganization, I would start from fixed points, without giving an extra advantage to the rivals.
There will also be the debut of Max Verstappen that from the FIA F.3 European Championship is preparing for the big jump into F.1 Circus with the colours of Toro Rosso. It’ll be interesting to follow him from the beginning. During the test on Adria’s circuit, he had got great results. He’ll have to try not to overdo it, having this test as an experience in view of 2015.
Verstappen, Fuoco, Giovinazzi & C. come to Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola next 11th – 12th October, for the last round of the FIA F.3 European. For the occasion, they share track and paddock with the younger colleagues of Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth, the new series strongly supported by the International Federation, to create the first step towards professionalism. Just in last race at Monza, the 20 young pilots of F.4 have paid the audience back with amazing overtakes and fights till the last lap.
Save the date and I’ll wait for you in large numbers. Imola, 11th – 12th October for the final round of Formula 4 and Formula 3 European.
Gian Carlo Minardi