Fernando Alonso will this weekend at the start of the 24 hours of Daytona but he is not the only rider who has ties with the Formula 1. We found out what old or new friends and acquaintances from the F1, we will find it on the grid on 27 January.
1. Felipe Nasr: #31 Whelen Engineering Racing – Cadillac DPi
(photo: twitter – @FelipeNasr)
We know the Brazilian particularly of his period as reserverijder for Williams in 2014 and as a hard driver at Sauber in 2015 and 2016. Last season, he was replaced by Pascal Wehrlein at the Swiss renstal and it remained silent around Nasr in 2017. In september he made known in 2018, full-time in the IMSA, the race series in North America, in which the 24 hours of Daytona is a part, to get started
2. Christian Fittipaldi: #5 Mustang Sampling Racing – Cadillac DPi
(photo: twitter – @AX_Racing)
The nephew of Emerson Fittipaldi is now 46 years old and raced from 1992 to 1994 in Formula 1 for Minardi and Footwork. He sprokkelde in that period of twelve points in total, and given the material that he made available had we may that as a good performance consider. Since 1995, the Brazilian to his luck in America in the CART series to the test, which he did with varying success until 2002. Then raced almost with anything and was, from NASCAR to Brazilian stockcars and A1 GP. This year, he will be for the thirteenth time participating in the 24 hours of Daytona, which he two times already to his name, wrote.
3. Ho-Pin Tung and Antonio Felix da Costa: #78 Jackie Chan DCR IOTA ORECA LMP2
(photo: twitter – @FHabsburg62)
Ho-Pin Tung is the first Chinese that a F1 car could drive it. He did that in a test for Williams in 2003. In 2009, he was allowed to even test for the Renault F1 team and for 2010 he was confirmed as the third rider in the French formation. The greatest achievement of his career was undoubtedly his victory in the LMP2 class in the 24 hours of Le Mans last year. After a crazy race in the LMP1 class, he seemed even on the way to the overall victory but a handsome catching up of the Porsche number two put a stop to it.
Antonio Felix da Costa, we know of his Red Bull past. He was one of the contenders for the Red Bull promoted Ricciardo replaced at Toro Rosso in 2014. There was, however, opted for Daniil Kvyat and da Costa had to content themselves with a place as a test driver at Red Bull. At the same time, he went also to the battle in the DTM and in the past two seasons, he fell to admire in the Formula E.
4. Juan Pablo Montoya: The #6 Team Penske Acura DPi
(photo: twitter – @jpmontoya)
Juan Pablo Montoya drove from 2001 to 2006 in the F1 for the teams of Williams and McLaren. We remember especially the spectacular driving style of the Colombian, in his time at Williams, he was often the only one who managed to Michael Schumacher the fire to the shins. In 2006 he made known in the NASCAR to go racing and that he did until 2013 and then surprisingly back in Indycar to the start with Team Penske. For that team he will in 2018 take office in the 24 hours of Daytona.
5. Robin Frijns and Lance Stroll: #37 Jackie Chan DCR IOTA ORECA LMP2
(photo: twitter – @JotaSport)
Robin Frijns was once a great future is predicted in the Formula 1, but the extent is not yet come. In 2012, if our northern neighbour took office in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi for the teams of Sauber and Red Bull. He decorated a place as reserverijder at Sauber for the year 2013 and in 2014 he fulfilled that role in the now defunct Caterham, that seems to be his latest accomplishment in F1. Since 2015, we find the Dutchman back in the Blancpain GT series, and Formula E.
Lance Stroll is at this moment fixed driver for Williams in Formula 1, and had there in 2017 an unstable debuutseizoen. Are gloriemoment he experienced during the GP of Azerbaijan when he was on the stage if after a third place.
6. Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris: #23 United Autosports – Ligier LMP2
(photo: twitter – @UnitedAutosport)
Fernando Alonso we don’t have to introduce. The Spaniard was two-time world champion with Renault in 2005 and 2006, and still is, wildly ambitious. His ultimate goal is the “Triple Crown” to achieve. In order to succeed he must have the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500 to write his name next to the GP of Monaco, which he already won twice. This participation in Daytona is in all probability a preparation for the 24 hours of Le Mans this year. Last year, he was in the Indy 500 but that story ended, ironically, with a broken Honda engine.
In addition to Alonso, we find McLaren reserverijder Lando Norris back. The British young man wrote this year in the European Formula 3 championship to his name. He was the McLaren MCL32 to the tooth feel during the test days at the Hungaroring, and there he made a more than solid impression. In 2018 we will Norris in the Formula 2 to the work.
7. Bruno Senna and Paul di Resta: #32 United Autosports – Ligier LMP2
(photo: twitter – @UnitedAutosport)
Bruno Senna was three seasons active in the Formula 1. In 2010 he was a hard rider in HRT, it was a season of financial difficulties for the new team and Senna was looking for other places. The season afterwards, he started as a reserverijder at Lotus but from the GP of Belgium, he was allowed Nick Heidfeld to replace the renstal from Enstone. For 2012, however, there is not more on the services of the Brazilian reckoned, and he went to his salvation, to search for Williams. In the formation of Coarse he had his best season but for 2013 they decided to Valtteri Bottas to give a chance. Since then, Senna especially active in the WEC and Formula E.
Paul di Resta was this winter candidate for the seat from Felipe Massa to take over for Williams in 2018, but they opted in Grove eventually for Sergey Sirotkin. The Shot was from 2011 to 2013 fixed value for Force India, but for 2014 he was replaced by Sergio Perez, and he was thus out of the boat. Since 2016, he is reserverijder connected to the team of Williams, his last appearance dating back to the GP of Hungary to 2017 when he is a diseased Mass could be replaced. Since 2014 he is also active in the DTM.
8. Sebastien Bourdais: #66 Ford of Chip Ganassi Racing – Ford GT
(photo: twitter – @CGRsportscar)
Bourdais joined as a four-time champion in ChampCar in 2008 Toro Rosso, and the expectations were high. After a volatile performance, decided to team boss Franz Tost mid-2009 the cooperation already exists to stop because the Frenchman and the expectations could not come true. After F1 returned Bourdais return to IndyCar and he was official factory driver for Peugeot in the long afstandsracerij. He made last year a horrorcrash during the practice sessions for the Indy 500 but turned back at the last three races of the IndyCar season.
9. Jan Magnussen: #3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
(photo: twitter – @janmagnussen)
Today, we know Jan Magnussen as father of Hare-rider Kevin but in the nineties, was Magnussen, Senior to book as a great talent. He was test driver for McLaren, but in 1997 he could take a seat get hold of with the former ‘Stewart Grand Prix’. Team boss Jackie Stewart has him once described as “the biggest talent since Ayrton Senna.” That there is on the F1-region, unfortunately, never came true and after the GP of Canada in 1998, he was replaced by Jos Verstappen for the rest of the season. Later, we found the Dane back in the CART, NASCAR and the 24 hours of Le Mans.
10. Marcus Winkelhock: #44 Magnus Racing – Audi R8 GT3 LMS
(photo: twitter – @MagnusRacing)
In 2006, it was the Winkelhock test driver with the former ‘Midland F1’ and he came four times in action during the vrijdagtrainingen. A year later, the team went as ‘Spyker F1’ and the German, if his place as a test driver to keep. Because the sponsors of hard driver Christian Albers is no longer on the bridge came to the Dutchman on the laan issued and decorated Winkelhock a place for the GP of Europe.
It would be a crazy start of the race where everyone is on dry weather tyres, reed and Winkelhock during the formation lap the pit went in for intermediates. The weather gods were the debutant favorable and it started to rain at the start. Because he is the only one with rain tires was climbed by the German in four rounds time from the last to the first place, which he then quickly again was lost. His performance was one-off but memorable.
11. Pedro Lamy: #51 Spirit of Race (AF Corse) Ferrari 488 GT3
(photo: twitter – @AFCorse)
The Portuguese was allowed to self F1-rider call between 1993 and 1996. In 1993, if Lamy the injured Alex Zanardi replaced for the last four GP’s of the season with Lotus. Even though he has no points and managed to score, he was promoted to fixed rider in the British renstal for 1994. After four races he got, however, and crashed Lamy heavily during a test. He broke both legs and wrists.
Lamy stronger after an intense rehabilitation back and was allowed in 1995, halfway through the season Pierluigi Martini replaced at Minardi. In the last race of the season, he picked up even a point for Minardi. In 1996, he was also of the party on behalf of Minardi but with the racing car of the Italians fell little honor to be gained, and Lamy ended his F1 career.
After his F1-time, the Portuguese especially active in the FIA GT championship and the long afstandsracerij.
12. Sam Bird: the #64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3
(photo: twitter – @Scuderia_Corsa)
Sam Bird put up a creditable course in the preparatory classes for the Formula 1 such as the GP2 and the Formula Renault 3.5. In 2010, Bird part in the young drivers test for Mercedes, and in 2012, he was a test driver for the German-English renstal. Since 2014 we find the Brit back in Formula E and the WEC.
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