F1, FR3.5 birthdays: 9/7/2011

Today we celebrate a Japanese driver’s birthday. Having spent several races behind the wheel for Hispania in 2010, Sakon Yamamoto is now tagging along with Virgin as their reserve driver. Today he is 29 years old.
He began his career trying Japanese and European formulae. His best results came on home territory In 2005 he was Jordan’s test driver, and in 2007 became a Super Aguri driver for a few races. He also did a few for Spyker in 2007.
The next year he moved to GP3, and test drove for Renault alongside GP2 in 2008. Finally in 2010 he had another chance and did 7 races for HRT in 2010. Now he’s back with Virgin.

It is also Daniel de Jong‘s birthday today. The Dutch Formula Renault 3.5 driver for the Comtec team has struggled so far and stands 30th with no points.
He is still getting used to the series, having moved up from Eurocup FR 2.0 where he finished 9th last year in his second season. Perhaps he moved up a little bit early, but I am sure the 19 year old will soon pick things up. He’s only young!

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