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Red Bull trims Junior team to three drivers

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Red Bull’s motorsports program announced a three-driver group for its Junior team in 2014 that includes Carlos Sainz, Jr. and newcomers Alex Lynn (pictured) and Pierre Gasly.

Gasly, 17, and Sainz, 19, will both compete in the World Series by Renault, while Lynn, 20, is slated to race in the GP3 series for the Carlin team – a team that has shepherded multiple Red Bull Junior drivers through the years, including four-time reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel.

Lynn emerges from the FIA European Formula 3 series, where he finished third in this year’s championship with three wins. One of those victories came in Formula 3’s most important race, the Macau Grand Prix.

“I think that it is obviously fantastic to be privileged enough to join the team that has produced so many Formula One drivers and that includes the greatest driver of our generation so far,” Lynn said of his accomplishment in a Red Bull release.

As for Gasly, he moves to the WSR after winning the championship in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup category with three wins along the way. He will race for the Arden team.

“It is the best news that I could have at the end of the season because for next year I have all the best people around me to focus on my performance,” Gasly said in the same release.

“For next year I think that the goal is clear, I have seen from this year and previous seasons that it is possible to do a good job in the first season so the goal is to win the championship.”

Then there’s Sainz Jr., who will now solely focus on the WSR after splitting his 2013 season between there and GP3. He will suit up for DAMS, the same squad that helped Kevin Magnussen win this year’s series title before his elevation to F1 with McLaren.

A tough act to follow for sure, but Sainz believes he’s up to the task – especially now that he’ll only have one series to worry about.

“I think that it can be a very good thing, just to focus on one series and try to get the most out of it instead of trying to do several championships in different cars,” he said for Red Bull.

“I’ll be focusing only on this category and be trying to win it because I know that if I do well it can be very good for my future.”

IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.