GP2’s Felipe Nasr pushing for F1 seat in 2015, says Sauber is “possible”


GP2 title contender Felipe Nasr has revealed that his management is in talks with a number of Formula 1 teams over a possible seat for the 2015 season following three years in the sport’s feeder championship.

Nasr currently balances his GP2 commitments with a reserve driver role at Williams Martini Racing, for whom he has run during a handful of practice sessions so far this season. However, he thinks that his best chance of a full-time driver lies away from the British team.

“It’s hard to get a place at Williams because the two drivers have done a good job and the team will not want to change that,” he told Brazil’s SporTV. “I will keep up with all of the teams and see what happens.

“Williams has given me a very good background on what to expect in F1. I participate in all of the meetings and I’m always on the team radio.”

The Brazilian said that Sauber is his best chance of a race seat in 2015, but sees little point in racing for Caterham or Marussia at the back of the grid.

“Conversations have begun already,” he said. “My management is looking around. Force India is difficult, but I think Sauber is possible.

“[Racing at the back is] almost like racing in GP2. In fact I think it would be better to continue in GP2 because you’re not burning yourself in F1.

“I’m not saying I want a great team, but a midfield one that gives me a position to fight for the points would be fantastic. I think it’s possible.”

Nasr will have to focus on pulling the GP2 championship battle back in his favor, given that Jolyon Palmer currently leads by over forty points. However, with four rounds and eight races to go, there is definitely still time for him to make up the difference and overhaul the Briton at the top of the standings.

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

Photo courtesy Andretti-Herta Autosport
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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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