The Belgian Grand Prix is in the books for 2015, and now, so too is the latest installment of the NBC Sports original digital series, “Paddock Pass.”
The post-race edition for the latest Lewis Hamilton victory – the Mercedes driver getting back on top after a restful, enjoyable summer break in the Caribbean and a missed opportunity at Hungary – is again split up into two parts.
In part one, Will Buxton speaks with the Belgian Grand Prix podium finishers, Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean. He also takes a look at whether Sebastian Vettel’s blown tire could be related to Rosberg’s blown tire from practice.
The second part sees Buxton speaks to the drivers following the weekend’s race, including Valtteri Bottas, who suffered from a tire misstep by his team on a pit stop, Sergio Perez, who scored a season-best fifth place, and Max Verstappen, who again scored points in eighth.
The F1 community reconvenes in Monza in two weeks time for the Italian Grand Prix, to conclude the 2015 European season.
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.