Latest Motorsports News (Week 3 May 2018)

Dennis surprised with a Red Bull test call up

Jake Dennis, the 22-year-old ex-GP3 is all set to have a test run for the Red Bull F1 side. Dennis’ first Formula 1 test ride since driving a McLaren back in 2013 is scheduled to be held later this week at Barcelona. Driver line-ups of all 10 teams are now confirmed.The former European F3 front-runner began GT racing only last year after having changed from single seaters. He adds his GT racing responsibilities to his role as simulator development driver for Red Bull. Red Bull believes that Dennis’ dual duties would add useful correlation.

Dennis had a winner at 2013 Northern European Cup, which he followed with impressive podium finishes in the European F3 and FR Eurocup.His past history is pretty fascinating as he was with the WRT Audi Team last season after which signed for R-Motorsport, an Aston Martin outfit in 2018.

 

Victory in Spanish GP a ‘test bench’ for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton looked rejuvenated after his thumping win in Barcelona as he exclaimed that he believed his level of fondness for his Mercedes hasn’t been this high since Australia and he wanted to go all the way to explore the full potential of his Mercedes.He felt he was comfortable throughout his dominant performance in the Spanish GP and went on brainstorming about what he needed to speak to his engineers about in order to make his Mercedes reach its full potential.

Hamilton added that it has been a long time since he felt this confident about himself. He confessed that he didn’t think for a moment that he was going to lose at Barcelona. As he had hit the sweet spot, he wanted to push his car to the limits.He signed off by saying that though it was 64th GP win, it still felt like his first one and that he felt extreme pleasure having secured such a comfortable win.

 

Leclerc considers tussle with Alonso a fantastic learning experience

Fighting two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso was an over-whelming experience for Sauber novice Charles Leclerc. He believes that he learned twice as much in the Spanish GP on Sunday.He led Alonso for the majority of the opening stretch only to ultimately finish lower than the McLaren champion who won the F1 title back in 2005 and 2006. Cold tyres as a result the restart of a virtual safety car left him at risk of an onslaught by Fernando Alonso.

Leclerc said that it was great to fight with Alonso, stating that fighting with a big name in F1 is always an honour. He felt that he learned twice more fighting with him than with any other driver. He also added that when drivers put on their helmets, names start to fade away and the only intuition of the driver is to leave his opponents behind.