Following a scintillating Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, NBC Sports brings you the latest edition of our original online series “Paddock Pass” with pit reporter Will Buxton.
Sebastian Vettel stormed to his second victory of the season on Sunday, keeping his head while all about him lost theirs with a perfect display.
Ferrari’s win came as something of a surprise given Mercedes’ recent dominance and the form of Lewis Hamilton at the Hungaroring, but it was a fitting result for the Italian marque.
Just nine days after Jules Bianchi’s death at the age of 25, the paddock united for an emotional race, but Ferrari did its protege proud with an impressive display.
Mercedes came unstuck in Hungary, though, as both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg hit trouble during the race to eventually limp home in sixth and eighth place respectively.
Rosberg had been poised to take the lead of the championship with just five laps to go, but a late run in with Daniel Ricciardo caused him to drop down the order in the closing stages of the race.
Ryan Norman will return to Andretti Autosport for their third season together in 2019 after scoring his first win and first pole with that organization in 2018.
“I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights,” said Norman in a press release. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.”
Norman finished 2018 fourth in the championship, earning his first career win in race 15 of the 17-race schedule at Gateway Motorsports Park in August.
Norman’s first pole came in the finale at Portland International Raceway in September, but he crashed on the first lap and finished last (8th).
“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Andretti Autosport President, JF Thormann. “We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”
Norman will essentially replace teammates Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta, who will race for Rookie of the Year honors in IndyCar next season. O’Ward finished first in the Indy Lights standings last year; Herta finished second.
Norman’s 2019 campaign will begin on the streets of St. Petersburgh, Florida March 9, 2019. That will be the first of a double-header with Race 2 running the following day.