Conor Daly secures last-minute GP2 test

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American driver Conor Daly has secured a last-minute test with a GP2 team in Abu Dhabi next week after a long and difficult winter spent searching for a seat.

Daly enjoyed his best-ever season in GP3 in 2013, as he finished the championship in third place with one win and five further podiums to his name. Having also run in two GP2 races and the Indy 500, it was a busy 2013 for him.

However, come the end of the year, Daly was left with few options, openly talking about the situation as he searched for a seat in 2014. In an interview with eRacing Magazine, Daly said: “I was able to win all across the world last year, had the most successful season of my career and showed what I could do on every corner of the planet.

“Unfortunately that doesn’t do much for you anymore! I have to stay positive but it has been a massive struggle so far.”

Thankfully for Daly, some good news came through today that he shared with his Twitter followers:

Should a seat come to fruition, Daly would join compatriot Alexander Rossi in GP2 for this season as both drivers continue their charge for Formula 1.

GP2 acts as the direct support series to Formula 1, allowing drivers to get a taste of the grand prix experience by following the main series around for eleven rounds of the year.

F1 2017 driver review: Sebastian Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel

Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car No.: 5
Races: 20
Wins: 5
Podiums (excluding wins): 8
Pole Positions: 4
Fastest Laps: 5
Points: 317
Laps Led: 286
Championship Position: 2nd

2017 was supposed to be the year Sebastian Vettel finally fulfilled his ambition of emulating Michael Schumacher by returning Ferrari to its championship-winning heyday.

Instead, it ended in disappointment and frustration – once again.

Ferrari arguably made a greater step across the change in technical regulations for 2017 than any other team, living up to its pre-season tag as favorite by winning the opening round in Australia in fashion.

Vettel and Ferrari led their respective championships following the Monaco Grand Prix as the German ended a 16-year win drought for the Prancing Horse in the principality, and even heading into the summer break, a shot at both championships was looking good.

However, cracks had started to appear. Vettel’s remarkable antics behind the safety car in Baku sparked controversy after driving into Hamilton, suggesting the tension of the title fight was beginning to take its toll on the German.

The final run of flyaways was where things really fell apart for Vettel, though. Singapore looked to be a slam-dunk win, only for a start-line crash also involving teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen to put 25 free points in Hamilton’s pocket.

Reliability woes then struck in Malaysia and Japan – two more races Vettel could realistically have won – to make it game over in the title race, with Hamilton wrapping things up in Mexico.

Vettel only finished the year 46 points back from Hamilton, proving the impact the three bad races in Asia had. Realistically, this was a title race that should have gone down to the wire in Abu Dhabi. Instead, Vettel remains a four-time champion, level with Hamilton, who had just one to his name back in 2013 when his rival secured his fourth.

Ferrari’s internal issues will come under the microscope over the off-season, and Vettel himself knows there is plenty to work on. Staying cool under pressure and not letting things boil over as in Baku is the most obvious area for improvement.

But there is reason for hope. If Ferrari can keep up with Mercedes and repeat its impressive step into 2017 through the upcoming off-season, we may well be treated to another Vettel/Hamilton scrap at the front of the field, perhaps settling once and for all who is the greatest driver of the post-Schumacher era.

Season High: A crucial win in Hungary despite battling with a broken steering column.

Season Low: Letting tensions flare in Baku and hitting Hamilton behind the safety car.