IndyCar Driver Review: Sebastian Saavedra

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With the IndyCar season in the books and a limited amount of news to come since the season finale at Fontana, my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada and are taking a look back at the 2013 season just past. Chris and I each ranked our top 10 drivers and some of the biggest stories; now we take a look back at the field driver-by-driver.

P21 is last of the full-timers, Sebastian Saavedra…

Sebastian Saavedra

  • Team: Dragon Racing
  • 2012: 27th Place (3 Starts), Best Finish 15th, Best Start 10th
  • 2013: 21st Place, Best Finish 8th, Best Start 6th, 2 Top-10, 0 Laps Led, 17.7 Avg. Start, 18.3 Avg. Finish

DiZinno says: To me, something worse than being “bad” is being “anonymous,” and far too often in 2013, that was my word for Saavedra. The Colombian had made the canny and mature decision to step down to Indy Lights in 2012 and it did pay dividends when he got the promotion back to Dragon, albeit under controversial circumstances. And his qualifying out of the gate was stout, but there were precious other highlights. When you’re most remembered for your blue chrome paint flying off the car like confetti at Indy, or flipping the “double birds” at a competitor – as Seb junior did to Marco Andretti in Detroit – it’s not a great reflection on your on-track efforts. He earned a precious second chance this year, but a third will be harder to achieve.

Estrada says: After beating out Katherine Legge in bizarre fashion for the second Dragon Racing ride, Saavedra didn’t do a whole lot on the track to show why he deserved it. Among those that competed in all 19 races, he was dead-last in points and had the lowest average finish out of all of them as well. A decent run at Baltimore (started 19th, finished 8th) got him his best career result in IndyCar, but good days like that were few and far between for the Colombian during a trying 2013.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.