Hill, Brabham, Rosberg and Piquet. All famous Formula One World Champions and all with sons who have followed in their footsteps into a career in motorsports and all reaching F1. Amongst the lower ranks of single seater racing there are more famous names with their sights firmly on F1. All have famous dads but not all from the world of F1……
Carlos Sainz Jr.
If his last name wasn’t enough of a clue, being named after your famous father there is no getting away from the fact that you are the son of 2 time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz. The 16 year old Spaniard has been racing in karts since the age of 6 winning several different categories including the prestigious Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2009. Carlos made the step up to single seater racing in 2010 driving in the Formula BMW European series finishing the year in 4th place with one win and five podiums to his credit. This year, Carlos is competing in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup, with seven wins and a further four podium finishes out of the first twelve races, the Red Bull Junior racer has a commanding lead in the championship. Sainz Jr. Is also driving in the F Renault Euro cup (World Series by Renault support championship) where he is also in the title hunt laying in second place. With Red Bull backing behind him, I think there’s more than a possibility that we’ll be seeing this young Spaniard in F1 in the not too distant future.
If you’re only old enough to have seen BBCs Top Gear in recent years, you probably think that the original Stig was the one in the all black race suit, you would of course be wrong! The original Stig was Tom’s dad, 1984 World Rally Champion driving the all conquering Audi Quattro. Tom stepped up from Karts in 2009, competing in the Swedish Formula Renault championship where he finished an impressive third taking one win and five podiums in the process. Tom entered the the UK Formula Renault Championship driving for the Fortec Motorsports Team, quickly getting to grips with his new car. Tom enjoyed 15 appearances on the podium, three of which were on the top step on his way to becoming the youngest ever winner of the series. He was also awarded the Henry Surtees award from the BRDC for most outstanding performance from a rising star. Tom is competing in German F3 this year and already has one pole position and two podiums to his credit out of the first six rounds. Still only 17, Tom has a great career ahead of him if he can carry on to fulfil his potential. All the way to F1? Maybe!
Son of the 1988 World Sports Champion and 1990 Le Mans 24 hour winner, Martin Brundle is now better known as the voice of F1 on the BBC. Alex started his circuit career in 2006 competing in the T-Car championship, a saloon car championship for drivers aged between 14 and 17, finishing the season in 8th place. Over the winter Alex got his first taste of single seat racing in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Cup before joining the main series in 2007. Alex spent the next two years in both championships finishing 6th in the 2008 campaign. In 2009, Alex stepped up to Formula 2. It would be fair to say that he struggled with the more powerful machinery finishing down in 19th place with only 5 points. 2010 would also go down as a frustrating year, dropping down in class to Formula 3, a step Alex admits was “a step back to go forwards”. This year sees a new, more confidant Alex back in F2, picking up 5 points finishes including two trips to the podium and a pole position to sit in 8th in the championship. Alex is fully aware that the window of opportunity to impress F1 teams can be short “I have a short amount of time to deliver at a world class level if I am to make it to formula 1. I have confidence in myself But in the words of Murray Walker … ‘anything can happen in motorsport, and it usually does’. “
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