Renault have announced today that what Eddie Jordan said about Bruno Senna replacing Nick Heidfeld for the remainder of the season is at least partly-true. The Brazilian driver will be taking Quick Nick’s place at Spa – a track he has experience of in the car from a World Series by Renault demo earlier in the year. Check out his video here.
In the other series who return this weekend, there are changes in GP3 and Formula Two. In GP3, ART have dropped Brazilian Pedro Nunes for German F3 leader Richie Stanaway, Jenzer have replaced Vittorio Ghirelli with Alex Fontana, and Mucke Motorsport have dropped Luciano Bacheta for Daniel Mancinelli.
Italian driver Mancinelli is currently competing in Italian F3, though since winning the first race he has struggled. Last season he came fourth in the series. Kiwi Stanaway has won all but three German F3 races this season and taken a lot of pole positions too. Swiss Alex Fontana currently leads the European F3 Open.
In F2, Jose Luis Abadin is unable to take part at the Red Bull Ring but will return to Monza. Luciano Bacheta will make his F2 debut at the ring as will Austrian driver Rene Binder. Binder will be in the 25 car and Bacheta in the 26 car.
Rene Binder is also taking part in German F3. He is currently 8th in the series having taken a podium in the second race. Luciano Bacheta picked up his only GP3 points this season at Silverstone after some good tyre strategy.
In GP2, the lineup from Hungary will be retained, with Filippi driving for Coloni and Aleshin for Carlin.
Italian F3 driver Daniel Mancinelli will be driving for Mucke Motorsport in the last two rounds of the GP3 season according to the Italian press. The team have not said anything about who he will be replacing, but with Nigel Melker competing for the championship, and Michael Christensen taking two podiums, it is likely to be Luciano Bacheta whom he replaces. Bacheta has only scored points once this season, in the race at Silverstone when most drivers had to pit at the end of their warm-up lap for wet tyres. Bacheta’s good strategy call allowed him to finish fifth.
Overall, he is simply doing worse than his teammates, and it makes sense for him to be replaced. It will be disappointing for him not to see out the end of the season. If Carlin had not already used up their quota of drivers for the season (5 max – Dillmann, Daly, Cordeiro, Morad and MacLeod) I would say he could go there.
Daniel has been in Italian F3 since 2010. He had a great first season and finished fourth, taking two wins including one from pole. He also had five other podiums and a fastest lap, finishing 10 points behind Andrea Caldarelli, 15 behind Stephane Richelmi, and 23 behind Cesar Ramos, but ahead of Christopher Zanella and Gabby Chaves. This season having won the first race, his points have been limited and he struggled in Spa, so he is tenth. But there are still four races to go, none of which clash with the GP3 races, so he still has a good chance.
Thanks to @remdev80 for pointing this news out to me.