AU­TOSPORT’S TOP 10 DRIV­ERS

Autosport (UK) - - REVIEW -

JURI VIPS

1 Bud­get was con­firmed rel­a­tively late so he missed a lot of the cru­cial pre-christ­mas test­ing. Once up to speed he was out­stand­ing, and wasn’t fazed by the Schu­macher blitz. Fab car con­trol and a mas­sive Red Bull-bound ta­lent.

GUAN YU ZHOU

Fer­rari ju­nior vied with Tick­tum for much of the year for quick­est driver on su­per­times (av­er­age of best lap of week­end), but ti­tle chal­lenge fell apart with run of mid-sea­son in­ci­dents that usu­ally weren’t his fault. Quick, but a bit in­con­sis­tent.

DAN TICK­TUM

Red Bull Ju­nior car­ried a lot of pres­sure and there were slip-ups, but also fan­tas­tic per­for­mances – his Sil­ver­stone de­feat of Fen­es­traz was su­perb. But he was out­shone by team-mate Vips late on and his last two week­ends were night­mares.

ENAAM AHMED

Looked fan­tas­tic on first three week­ends but mid­sea­son dra­mas seemed to take the wind out of his sails, and his en­gi­neer went on pa­ter­nity leave. Showed enough to re­mind why he beat Schu­macher and Tick­tum in Ju­nior kart­ing.

MAR­CUS ARM­STRONG

Kiwi Fer­rari pro­tege was most im­pres­sive of the Prema quin­tet for the long­est pe­riod of the sea­son be­fore it all went wrong from Septem­ber on. A classy, in­tel­li­gent, me­thod­i­cal and smooth driver who has the ta­lent to go a long way.

JE­HAN DARU­VALA

Force In­dia pro­tege’s first sea­son of F3 was one where he prob­a­bly drove too con­ser­va­tively. This year, he ut­terly ragged it from mid-sea­son on to take Car­lin ma­chin­ery into places oth­ers couldn’t. Fas­ci­nat­ing to watch his de­vel­op­ment.

MICK SCHU­MACHER

Looked noth­ing spe­cial un­til sum­mer, be­fore he got a cou­ple of wins un­der his belt and flood­gates opened for late-sea­son spree and ti­tle. But the man­ner of this raised suf­fi­cient pad­dock doubts that it was all down to his driv­ing.

ROBERT SHWARTZ­MAN

The same late-sea­son mur­murs about Schu­macher also ap­plied to this Fer­rari prospect so he’s dif­fi­cult to eval­u­ate. Spent much of year as fifth best Prema driver un­til that late form. He’s good, but let’s wait to judge prop­erly.

RALF ARON

Tally of four wins was eclipsed only by Schu­macher. Made the most of his chances, but got over­shad­owed by fel­low Es­to­nian Vips, had doubts over engine and didn’t en­joy him­self – and fell out with Vips af­ter a run of in­ci­dents.

ALEX PALOU

A good driver who’d been around the third tier of rac­ing for a long time with­out do­ing a Euro F3 sea­son. Hitech gave him a chance and he looked strong early on, but with his ex­pe­ri­ence he should have won races, as Ahmed did.

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