Well, it was always going to be pretty good, but my word…that was quite some way to get things started, wasn’t it? Granted, it’s hard to argue with the fact this is one of the most coveted and prestigious prizes in motorsport, and, with an even bigger reward potentially on offer come the end of the season, I guess it wasn’t all that surprising, but there’s a saying that while no driver can win a championship in the first race, they can certainly lose it, and so even the most talented drivers eventually have to learn to race more with their head than their heart in order to achieve the best possible results. However, on the flipside, the very nature of a single-make formula like this almost forces drivers to take something of a risk in order to stand out, and, while you could argue that there’s a time and a place for taking chances, or even that they should have got it out of their system by now, it’s difficult to dispute just how impressive that was, and, if that kind of standard can be matched (or, in fact, exceeded) over the course of the year, well…we’re going to be in for one hell of a fight. The new blood is already threatening to take over in the new-look 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship, and, even at such an early stage, judging by what we’ve seen so far…they’re going to be hard to stop.
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Despite having only been in existence for seven years, the GP3 Series has become arguably the best place to spot the next F1 superstar – this is the field of 2016 at the start of the feature race in Germany – and, with so many already having gone on to bigger and better things…who’ll join the roll of honour this time around?
OK, so it might not be the most spectacular series around…but it certainly does the job, doesn’t it? I mean, whichever way you look at it, the world of motorsport is incredibly difficult to get into at the best of times, and, while any aspiring racing driver worth their salt will be looking to make it to the very top, the reality is that they have to spend time in the junior ranks to prove their worth, but, with the top brass of Formula One teams watching on from the sidelines, there could hardly be a better shop window than this. However, there might well be problems on the horizon, and it’s nothing to do with the concept – in fact, the amount of talented drivers that have been produced in recent years shows just how successful things have been – but the changes that have gone on further up the single-seater ladder means it now suddenly looks out of sync, and, with some questioning whether it’ll even be around in the near future or not…the pressure’s on to see if they can come up with the answers. Despite all this, though, the GP3 Series is still one of the most prestigious championships in open-wheel racing, and, as the 2017 season prepares to burst into life this weekend…there’s plenty to get excited about.
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