Sirotkin and da Costa impress at the Hungaroring

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Sergey Sirotkin may have been making the headlines for being on-course to be the youngest ever Formula One driver next season, but he has finally made himself newsworthy for the right reasons in Hungary this weekend by finishing third in a Formula Renault 3.5 race.

The series is widely regarded as being on par with GP2 as a feeder formula for F1, housing the likes of McLaren youngsters Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne and Red Bull juniors Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jr. In Hungary on Saturday, Sirotkin managed to put all of the bad press about pay drivers behind him to come third behind race winner Nico Muller and Magnussen.

After the race, Sirotkin expressed his delight following a tough year.

“We haven’t had much success this season, what with missing out on podiums and big points, but I managed to get some here today,” the eighteen-year-old said. “I’m delighted. We now need to work hard and make sure we finish the season in style.”

For da Costa, Sunday’s race yielded even greater rewards as the Red Bull junior driver won his second race of the season. Having been linked with Daniel Ricciardo’s seat at Toro Rosso, da Costa required a good result following the late entry of Sainz into the race for the position. This may just be the decisive result for da Costa though, with Sainz finishing down in P22.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)