East Londoner wrote:
With Mitch Evans taking the championship, where does he go from here? He's bloody young (8 months older than me
), and he's proven himself as a frontrunner,
I can tell you where he won't go - GP3. As is the case with GP2, the GP3 champion cannot compete in the series again.
Evans' position is an interesting one. He's been pitched as Mark Webber's protege, and he races for Christian Horner's Arden team. But he doesn't have any backing from Red Bull, whereas Antonio Felix da Costa does. I would look for Evans to move up to GP2 next year, probably replacing the dismal Simon Trummer at Arden. Either that or he will move across to Formula Renault 3.5, particularly if Alexander Rossi gets promoted into Formula 1.
East Londoner wrote:but looking at his results, his 2011 season tailed off by mid-season, and this season he was lucky to take the championship, with no-scores in the final three races. That's worrying that he does seem to fade by the end of the season.
To be fair to Evans, it's not for a lack of effort. He took pole for the first race in Monza, but then retired very early when he ran wide over the chicane and damaged the car. He started from the back of the grid in the second race and started clawing his way up the field, but picked up a puncture and fell back down the order. He only really won the title because Tio Ellinas overpowered Daniel Abt, and while his mistakes were of his own making, that can really be put down to inexpeirence.
East Londoner wrote:And as a side note, I thought Dmitry Suranovich was 'sacked with immediate effect' after the clusterbathplug that was the Monaco sprint race, yet he seems to have carried on for the rest of the season. Maybe it was just a rumour in the heat of the action, or the team recinded and brought him back immediatly.
I can't find anything to suggest Suranovich was fired. He was excluded from the Monaco event for his role in the collision, and there was talk that the stewards wanted to punish him further when he allegedly abused them, but I've heard they rescinded because Suranovich's tirade was supposedly a result of the chief steward refusing to allow him the opportunity to explain himself (which all drivers are entitled to, even in the most clear-cut cases of wrongdoing). But that is unconfirmed.
East Londoner wrote:
Either way, he hasn't been impressive at all this season, but he does have time on his side. (Suranovich is 4 months younger than I am
Want someone younger and even more impressive? The Romanian, Visoiu. He's only sixteen, and while he finished 14th overall, he generally made up positions in every race.