Australian GP, the opener for the 2015 F1 season, is just around the corner. You have watched your favorite driver testing at Jerez and Barcelona, and you are either confident or diffident. Well, what if you make the wait even more exciting by looking at other faces who could become future champions in the right car? Here is a probable list:
The Force India Mexican driver was born in 1990. If you didn’t watch preseason testing, Perez impressed in the new car. Together with Hulkenberg, the two were able to rake in good laps for only two days in Barcelona. Pundits reckon he is brilliant with tire management though his wild side shows at times. Could this be the year Perez forces big teams his way?
Some call him the unluckiest driver of modern times for always missing the top seat in a top team. His consistency is admirable and his speed pushed him to a career best finish at 4th. He also has a career pole position, which not many new drivers can brag. Could the German become the new Schumacher in the right car?
Whatever pundits say, there is no denying Bottas has a successful career ahead in F1. Consider the fact that his debut was only in Australia 2013 and in a Williams that was nothing to write home about. He emerged 4th in the stiffly competitive 2014 F1 championship title, and this year he has already helped William top the time sheets which is impressive considering the rest of the competition. This is clearly a probable winner, especially if Williams maintains its reliability.
Red Bull never takes chances with its drivers. When Kyvat was promoted from the junior Toro Rosso, it was obvious the Renault-powered team had noticed something extraordinary in the young driver. Promotion by Red Bull, after only one season, speaks volumes of the Russian’s talent. He might need some time to learn the ropes, but this is definitely a driver to watch.
The Dutch is the youngest driver to sit behind the wheel of an F1 car and even industry players were shocked. Toro Rosso is willing to count on the 17 year old to deliver some points, and while he is talented, the pressure of F1 and Red Bull’s merciless employment policy might push him too much. He might probably perform after a few seasons once he knows how to handle pressure.
If preseason testing counts for anything, then Nasr has something to give F1. Only Mercedes exceeded Sauber’s tally of 5703 km. But that’s not all; he is quick, though handling his car seems to be the problem. Having bought his seat at Sauber at £16m, it remains to be seen whether this deal will eventually pay off. The Ferrari-powered C34 impressed even in power which could make the Brazilian a force to watch.
If name and heritage alone could win the F1 championship, then Carlo Sainz Jr. would be a shoo-in candidate considering his father’s decorated racing career. He had been overlooked for Verstappen but as luck would have it, Vette jumped ship and Kyvaat was promoted. This has given Sainz Jr. a chance to prove himself, and if testing at Jerez and Barcelona is anything to go by, the former Renault 3 champion might impress with Toro Rosso.
Of course you know Maldonado for his dubious record in wrecking cars. The Venezuelan will be driving for a rejuvenated Lotus team and his single career win in 77 Formula One races might translate to more wins.
There is of course Marcus Ericsson with Sauber and Romain Grosjean, but there is still a lot for them to do on the track. Well, Melbourne GP is almost here and now you have some new faces to look out for, and of course the new FIA helmet design allows you a better glimpse.