Gee thanks guys…. what kept ya!
Nothing like being scooped by 9 years…
This was posted on the “Autosport” website this morning: Formula-2 runner-up Robert Wickens targets a move to F1 for 2010, although a lack of sponsorship could stop him achieving his dream. Formula Two runner-up Robert Wickens has revealed that has spoken ‘off the record’ with a number of teams about making the move into F1 for the 2010 season. Wickens’ will head in to 2010 as the only driver from North America to hold a valid FIA superlicence which could make him a possible option for teams, although a lack of sponsorship was likely to work against him.
“I haven’t been approached officially, but I have spoken off the record with a few F1 teams,” he told Canada’s Globe and Mail. “I will be the only North American in 2010 to hold a valid FIA super-licence, which could pay dividends. But we will have to wait and see. “Basically, if you can’t bring any money to the table, you can’t get in with one of the new teams and, with the current economy, you aren’t going to get a reserve role with any of the other teams. I have always said my whole life since I was 10 years old that I just want a career in motorsports. I mean the goal is still F1 and my dream is F1, but in the end, I would rather pay my bills racing than being in an office from nine to five.”
As “Hard Ball” TV host Chris Matthews likes to say, “tell me something I don’t know!”
Other than the fact young Robert ( 20 ) is now the only North American driver to hold an FIA Super-License, we’ve known everything else in this article, suddenly discovered by the Globe and Mail, ever since Wickens was 11 years old.
That’s when he first appeared on The Raceline Radio Network. When he was only 11 years old!
We’ve tracked his career through the Red Bull thing, and when he’s on with us again next week, he will talk about having that license, and repeat his plan to become a Formula One driver.
I think Rob is Canada’s next great F-1 hope.
The fact he’s spoken to some F-1 teams is not new, and his repeated statement he will need to find sponsorship to make that happen is seriously old news.
But you knew that already Mr. and Mrs. Raceline listener….didn’t you?
BTW: This weeks show will feature another exclusive interview with Azhar Mohammad of Emirates Consulting, the firm proposing to build that NASCAR/IRL calibre one mile oval/2 mile road course complex in Fort Erie/Niagara. The vote is less than a month away, and we are getting ever closer to having a facility of this size and quality in Canada for the first time.
And like the Wickens story, The Raceline Radio Network is the only radio outlet anywhere near this story…
But ya’ll knew that too… didn’t you!
Until next time…