Russian driver Maxim Zimin gets his 17th birthday today. The success of Vitaly Petrov seems to have inspired his fellow countrymen, and he’ll have to watch out as these young ones move towards F1.
Having started karting aged 7, aged 11 he won the Russian and Moscow cups. By 2008, aged 14, he was in Finland and racing for Maranello Karts, winning the Viking Trophy. Because he was able to get his trophy at the FIA Champions Gala in Monaco, he earned himself recognition, and aged 16 he was racing in Italian Formula ACI-CSAI Abarth and the FR 2.0 Middle European Cup for Jenzer Motorsport. Classified fifth in FR 2.0 MEC and the Abarth championship (though he had been in with a chance of winning right until the end), he earned his way to GP3 for the same team.
In the GP3 tests he’s not been near the top of the timesheets, but the time difference is tiny in these cars. It takes a while to get used to a new car, so perhaps we will see more from Maxim in the future.