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  • Force India - Paul di Resta - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    2003 coming seventh overall With Manor Motorsport in 2004 he won that title and took his first F3 step finishing the season with the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award The progression to the F3 Euroseries gave Paul s career some real impetus in 2005 he was 10th but in 2006 joining ASM he racked up five wins and nine pole positions to claim the title Not bad when you consider a certain Sebastian Vettel was among the competition Mercedes came calling with the offer of a drive in the 2007 German Touring Car Championship DTM where Paul performed superbly to finish fifth in an older spec car Earning a full works drive Paul spent the next three seasons in the DTM culminating in the title the first for Mercedes in four years in 2010 It took him until the seventh round to win but he scored a hat trick of successes in a row and second in the final round was enough to edge out fellow Briton Gary Paffett The German connection led Paul to Force India supplied by Mercedes in Formula One A point scorer on debut in Australia he was 13th in his debut

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  • Force India - Nico Hülkenberg - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    a race seat for 2012 A garlanded kart racer the young German moved into Formula BMW in his native country in 2005 nine wins were more than enough to earn him the title The following year he combined German F3 duties with his international role in A1GP where nine race wins helped Germany to the title With one race victory he also came fifth in the F3 series For 2007 Nico inherited the F3 Euroseries seat with ASM which his current teammate Paul di Resta had just left He came third overall but the next year he made the title his with no fewer than eight victories He had already tested for Williams at Jerez Hülkenberg is one of no fewer than six GP2 champions to be racing in Formula One He won that title with ART as teammate to Pastor Maldonado in 2009 his first crack at the Formula One feeder category and was rewarded with a Williams F1 drive for 2010 Two of his 22 points that season were scored in Singapore though his best result was sixth in the Hungarian GP Maldonado was the man to replace him at Williams but like Di Resta before him The

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  • Toro Rosso - Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    that used to be Minardi built on the heroic efforts of the popular Giancarlo Minardi himself completed its metamorphosis into Red Bull s sister team The man really running things on the ground was Franz Tost and for that first year the team used Cosworth V10 s as previously found in the back of Minardi cars under Paul Stoddart s ownership The first year drivers were Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed but one point it came from Liuzzi at Indianapolis was hardly going to set the world on fire Enter Ferrari engines in 2007 and enter Sebastian Vettel Red Bull protégé or should that be prodigy that same season In 2008 Vettel produced a minor miracle winning Toro Rosso s first and only Grand Prix from pole position at Monza in Italy Since his departure for big brother Red Bull Racing STR has stuck to its policy of recruiting and polishing young drivers For almost three seasons Swiss Sébastien Buemi and Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari were given their heads with the team s performance improving from 10th to ninth and then eighth in 2011 But by the end of that year they were no longer quite so young and both were

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  • Toro Rosso - Daniel Ricciardo - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    World Final in Spain Four years later he drives for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Red Bull Racing s sister team in Formula One Daniel is a multiple race winner in every category in which he has competed In 2008 he had 14 victories in Formula Renault but 2009 was when he really stepped up With Carlin Motorsport Daniel took seven wins six pole positions and 12 podiums on his way to winning the coveted British F3 title the one previously taken out by great names like Ayrton Senna He was also the fastest driver in the end of year Formula One rookies test in Spain There was no letting up in 2010 joining Tech 1 to race in the World Series by Renault 3 5 class Ricciardo took eight poles and four wins including the Monaco GP support race and was runner up for the season He combined his racing with the reserve driver role for both Toro Rosso and Red Bull Early in 2011 Daniel was the Friday driver for STR at Grand Prix weekends while again contesting the World Series by Renault Championship with ISR Once again he took out the prestigious Monaco round before his elevation to

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  • Toro Rosso - Jean-Eric Vergne - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    him to the attention of France s motor sport body the FFSA and with their help he launched his single seater career in Formula Renault Campus effortlessly winning that series in 2007 He was also by then a member of the Red Bull Junior program A year later he was contesting both the Eurocup and the West European Cup in Formula Renault 2 0 and in 2009 he was runner up in both categories Then came that life changing move to the UK and a superb 2010 with Carlin Motorsport If you think that name s familiar it s because JEV was following in Formula One teammate Dan Ricciardo s footsteps and like the Australian winning the British F3 title with Carlin Moving up to the 3 5 litre version of Formula Renault JEV took five race wins in 2011 but just lost out in the final round and was runner up overall In November of that year he took full advantage of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi by using Red Bull s title winning RB7 to set fastest time on each of the three days Like Ricciardo Vergne was quickly into his FORMULA ONE stride scoring his

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  • Caterham- Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    by Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes the man behind the highly successful budget airline Air Asia and incidentally Queen s Park Rangers in the English Premier League Former Toyota chassis guru Mike Gascoyne was the man charged with the start up borrowing heavily on other ex Toyota personnel and expertise and having to oversee a move into a base in the real Lotus heartland in Norfolk formerly used by a team in a lower racing category Reviving a name last seen on the F1 grid in 1994 the reborn team s first race drivers were two Formula One veterans Jarno Trulli who ironically had scored Toyota s final World Championship point in Abu Dhabi in 2009 and Heikki Kovalainen whose services were no longer required by McLaren In 2010 they raced with Cosworth power but failed to score a point finishing 10th overall in 2011 they had Renault engines to play with and Red Bull gearboxes but the end result was the same 10th place and no World Championship points yet either Further changes have affected the team for 2012 With the legal wrangling over the historic Lotus name now over a move from Norfolk to Leafield ensued and the team

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  • Caterham - Heikki Kovalainen - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    in 2001 and was rookie of the year in Formula Renault By 2002 he was tied up with the Renault Driver Development scheme and on the ladder to success taking five wins in the last nine races of the British F3 series In his second year in the World Series by Nissan 2004 he was champion with six race wins and secured a seat with Arden for the inaugural year of the new F1 feeder series GP2 for 2005 For much of that year he looked like being the first GP2 champion but a mid season dip allowed Nico Rosberg to overhaul him and Heikki finished runner up He then accepted a test driver role in F1 with Renault When Fernando Alonso left to join McLaren Heikki got the nod his best result being a fourth place in Canada when Alonso left McLaren to rejoin Renault Heikki again replaced him and Ron Dennis made him a Grand Prix winner It happened in Hungary in 2008 and was the solitary success in his two seasons with McLaren In 2012 he drove his 100th Grand Prix at the same Hungaroring venue Since 2010 Kovalainen has been with Lotus now Caterham Two moments

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  • Caterham - Vitaly Petrov - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    Vitaly concentrated on his studies he has a degree in meteorology When he did discover the pleasure of driving fast it was in the 2001 Lada Cup a series he dominated in 2002 with a 100 winning record After a brief foray into Formula Renault in Italy with Euronova Petrov returned home to race in the Lada Revolution again winning the series at the second attempt in 2005 That s when his career began to gather momentum In 2006 he raced in the F3000 Euroseries and made his GP2 debut with David Price Racing moving to Campos Grand Prix to continue his GP2 apprenticeship the following year He made a major breakthrough in 2008 winning at Sepang in the GP2 Asia series and at Valencia in its European counterpart His best year was 2009 when he finished as runner up to a dominant young German by the name of Nico Hülkenberg By 2010 Petrov had made history as his country s first Grand Prix driver with Renault His main claim to fame that season was the raw speed with which he frustrated title contenders Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in a gripping season finale in Abu Dhabi Despite finishing 13th

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