On This Day:
Austrian Niki Lauda had pole for the 1977 US GP West. Jody Scheckter did well to lead most of the way in his Wolf, but three laps before the end, Mario Andretti and Niki Lauda overtook him. American Andretti took his third win by less than a second from Lauda, with Scheckter less than five seconds behind the leader for third.
Brazil 1988, and local hero Ayrton Senna was on pole. Senna’s car got stuck in gear on the parade lap, and he had to start from the pits in the spare car. Prost took the lead from the start, and went on to win, while Gerhard Berger was second and Nelson Piquet was third. Senna was disqualified for changing cars when he wasn’t allowed.
2005, and in Bahrain Fernando Alonso was dominating. Fellow Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa took the fastest lap, having replaced an injured Juan Pablo Montoya. Trulli and Raikkonen completed the podium.
American GP2 and GP3 driver Conor Daly will be driving in the Indy 500 this year, with ex-F1 driver Takuma Sato as his teammate.
Mihai Marinescu and Emmanuel Piget have been confirmed by Zeta Corse to drive in Formula Renault 3.5 at Monza. Skilled ex-F2 driver Marinescu will be driving for the team all season. This confirms the lineup for the series’ first races at Monza, this weekend.
Chinese driver Adderly Fong has been signed by Status GP for the 2013 GP3 season.
GP3 will be holding a standalone event in 2013 at the Circuit de Ricardo Tormo in Valencia in June, between the Spanish and British events.
GP3 is testing at Silverstone. Follow @MrJamesRowe on Twitter for photos and more.