Italian Auto GP driver Kevin Ceccon [no, I don’t think Kevin is an Italian name] will be replacing Davide Rigon at Coloni for the GP2 races at Barcelona and Monaco. Rigon, you may recall, broke his leg in an accident with Fabio Leimer in the GP2 sprint race in Turkey.
Kevin is one of many Italians in the current Auto GP season along with another GP2 driver Luca Filippi and GP3’s Rio Haryanto. He drives for Ombra Racing, and managed the fastest lap in the first race of the season last Saturday, finishing fifth. He finished third in the following race, and currently stands second in the championship. 17-year-old Kevin will be the youngest GP2 driver on the track. In Auto GP there is a trophy for the best under 21-year-old driver, which results in a GP2 test, but now Kevin will be skipping that stage.
He’s had some good results last season in the European F3 Open Championship, finishing 4th with one win and 6 podiums overall. While it is unlikely that Kevin will race for Coloni in every race this season, it is a good opportunity for the team to test out some interesting talent. The comments from Team Principal Paolo Coloni suggest that the driver is being considered for a full season in 2012.
The new paddock complex at Silverstone was unveiled today, with great enthusiasm from the entire British racing community. Attendees included Jake Humphrey, Martin Brundle, Stirling Moss, Ross Brawn, Damon Hill, Valentino Rossi, Nigel Mansell… The facility is still unfinished, but is expected to be ready by the British Grand Prix in July.
Meanwhile, Adrian Sutil is determined to clear his name in the criminal complaint set to be filed against him by Eric Lux. He is currently focused on the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix coming up in the next two weeks.
Two more days of no racing action, and then Friday kicks off another weekend of GP3, GP2 and F1!