April 25, 2011

Formula 1: Timely Return of the Prodigal Son

F1 show rolls across continents and on to Turkey for the race on May 8. As the call to pray is heard from the minarets of Istanbul in two weeks, which driver will be grateful their prayers were answered?

Last year it was Hamilton, Button, Webber, Schumacher, Rosberg and Kubica, who occupied the top six places. Vettel and Webber collided, causing the former's retirement.

This year, Kubica won't be amongst the line-up; he's due to be released from hospital within the next few days for some convalescence at his home in Monaco followed by a spell at rehab in Italy. His focus is ultimately on a return to F1 following his horrific accident in a rally car pre-season, though the prospects of that happening are not good.

Turkey will also host the first round of the GP3 series. The 16-race GP3 Series championship, which supports Formula One Grands Prix across Europe, will see Ireland's Status GP team attempting to turn its successful testing programme -- where it either topped or came second in the time-sheets -- into a podium for one or more of its three drivers, namely Alexander Sims from the UK, Antonio Felix da Costa from Portugal and Ivan Lukashevich from Russia.

Read more on Independent Ireland: Formula 1: Timely Return of the Prodigal Son


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