I still remember the rumours of Michael Schumacher to replace Felipe Massa. Felipe Massa had a massive accident during the Qualification for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa was behind the Brawn from Barrichello when a spring came off the car right in his face. As a result, Massa had to retire for the rest of the season. Very quickly after the incident, Schumacher was the driver to replace him.
History teaches us that there was no Dutch driver in 1999 on the grid. We had Jos Verstappen who was busy with the Honda project. Intentionally, he would become one of their drivers. Sadly, the program was cancelled. Tom Coronel was busy racing in Japan and would only test with the Arrows A20 in December 1999. However, another Dutch driver came “close” to appear on the grid in 1999. His
The title might be confusing though it isn’t if you have read this article. There was a time in the Formula One that young and talented drivers were offered tests with Formula One cars for winning a championship or important races. I don’t mean the “young” drivers that paid 500thousand euro’s to drive 20 rounds and get a free coffee and club sandwich. In 1997, Jacky van der Ende was
Jos Verstappen drove in 2003 for the Minardi team, and if you ask me, he did a marvellous job with the PS03B. For 2004, he could even stay with the team according to Paul Stoddart. Only did Verstappen had other thoughts, as he did not want to race for a backmarker in 2004. There were a few options left Jordan, Sauber and Jaguar Racing. Let Jaguar Racing made an offer
Jos Verstappen had a contract for 2002 with the Orange Arrows team. However, Tom Walkinshaw contracted Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Verstappen was left without a seat for the season. It would only take a couple of days before Verstappen would appear in the news again. This time he was linked with the Sauber Team. Would he eventually appear on the grid in 2002? Well that was not the case. Enjoy the
We write the 28th of October 1996 when Minardi arrives at Misano for a youngster test. Andrea Boldrini (1996 Italian F3 champion), João Barbosa (1996 runner-up champion Italian F3) and Esteban Tuero are the drivers that will take place behind the wheel of the Minardi M195B. Two years later Esteban Tuero would debut for Minardi with the M198. Only to retire just before he would test with the Minardi M01