Formula One, is, for the moment, devoid of Canadian drivers. There hasn’t been one since Jacques Villeneuve’s departure midway through 2006. One who was on the doorstep a couple years ago with Marussia and probably deserves further consideration in the years to come is 24-year-old Robert Wickens, who took home his first DTM victory over the weekend.
“I’m overwhelmed with the kind words from all of you. Thank you for making this moment extra special! Thank you so much! Vielen Dank jeder!” Wickens tweeted Monday.
Wickens, a star in American open-wheel racing for a number of years, has since moved to Europe and has won the World Series by Renault championship in 2011. He shifted to DTM with Mercedes in 2012.
A column by Canadian reporter Jeff Pappone in the Toronto Globe and Mail described Wickens’ charge Sunday at the Nurburgring. Wickens needed to rely on guile and perform a number of spectacular passes on a track that shifted from full wet to full dry conditions.
Earlier in 2013, Wickens had been promoted to a win at the Norisring following Mattias Ekstrom’s exclusion. A later ruling from the German motorsport federation determined Ekstrom’s exclusion would stand, but everyone from second on back would be classified in their original positions. That left Wickens in an odd situation of having been classified as the first finisher, but not race winner.
Still, this one stuck, and serves notice of his potential and ability level as yet another single-seater driver having some success in tin-tops.
Below is an intro to Wickens via his sponsor Stihl, done at the start of the season.