RaceFans Round-up: “Hardest year to catch up” due to cost cap

In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel says the F1 order at the start of the year is unlikely to change under current constraints.

In brief

Cost cap making it harder for teams to rise up order

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel thinks the competitive order in Formula 1 is unlikely to change much before the end of this season due to the impact of the cost cap on the development race.

“It’s the same old game,” he said. “Nothing has changed. It’s been like this for as long as I can remember. So I have never seen a team starting last in the beginning of the season and all of a sudden being in the front at the end of the season. You don’t catch up. And probably this is the hardest year to catch up because you can’t spend money. It is what it is.”

Mini sets the post-season pace as F3 test starts at Jerez

While Formula 1 and Formula 2 do not finish their 2022 seasons until late November, Formula 3 already has and is spending this week at Spanish track Jerez to do three days of post-season testing.

Gabriele Mini, protege of former FIA president Jean Todt’s son Nicolas, set the pace on the opening day with the Hitech GP team.

The Italian set his fastest lap in the morning session, heading Art Grand Prix’s Kaylen Frederick and Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti. Frederick came to the fore in the afternoon session, but could not match the earlier pace, while several teams switched focus to doing longer runs. The test action was stopped several times by incidents, one of which Mini caused after he topped the times.

Alonso adds F3 racer Marti to his driver management stable

Formula 3 racer Pepe Marti has joined A14 Management, the driver management company owned by Fernando Alonso.

Launched only six months ago, the firm already supports the careers of drivers in Formula 2, Formula Regional, Formula 4 and karting, and 17-year-old Mart is the fifth signing.

He came third in Spanish F4 last year, stepped up to Formula Regional Asia and came second, then made an even bigger step to race in F3 where he came 26th in the standings in his rookie season. He already had links to Alonso through the F1 world champion’s Kimoa clothing brand.

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