Thursday Thoughts: The Answer
Earlier in the day, using the magic of Windows Live Writer, I posted the question for this weeks Thursday Thoughts. Therefore, it seems almost logical to follow that with an answer.
Spain and Formula 1 at the moment seem to be going hand in hand. Two time champion of the world Fernando Alonso driving with Ferrari, Jaime Alguesuari also likely to be competing in a Toro Rosso. Two grand prix races, hosted in the glamorous Barcelona and the less glamorous Valencia (shame both tracks produce poor quality racing) and also a new Formula 1 team, in Campos Meta.
But it isn’t the first choice of all things motorsport, hardly any world famous tracks in the country and only one notable driver to speak of (compared to Britain, Germany). Or perhaps, until now?
Formula 2 was dominated by one driver, thrashing everyone else in his way. Andy Soucek amassed an amazing 51 points ahead of Canadian rival Robert Wickens. Wins came calling at Brno, Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oschersleben, Imola and two at Catalunya. A mighty fine performance if you ask me, touching on the scale of absolute dominance.
The younger Soucek also won the less prestigious Spanish F3 in 2005. A series which also featured a certain Sebastien Buemi (who, admittedly, hardly competed in the series).
Towards the end of 2009, Soucek appeared in the Formula 1 tests, designed especially for young drivers, at Jerez in Spain. On the first day, in a Williams, Soucek topped the charts. This ahead of promising driver Paul di Resta, as well as experienced testers in Mike Conway and Gary Paffett.
The speed is there for sure. In a underperforming Williams car to get to the top of the time sheets ahead of other experienced drivers is something not to be laughed at. For 2010, Soucek will remain in Formula 2, and this is my only concern. Is the level of competition good enough in that series for a competitive driver like himself to be driving in? I would have thought the next logical step for the Formula 2 champion would be GP2. With much more competitive driving, more races and a better experience of F1 race weekends.
But watch out for him, I like him. He could be the next Fernando Alonso.