We all know about German drivers and their standing in Motorsport history, so one cannot help but be excited by a new youngster emerging onto the global racing stage.
Daniel Abt is certainly following the career path of his compatriots. Aged just 20, he has already garnered attention from the racing world. The GP3 runner up from 2012, is making the move up to GP2. Now alongside team mate, James Calado, himself working closely with Lotus F1, Abt’s move to the championship winning team could further heighten his career progression.
In his homeland, they certainly believe in him. Just remember the great German drivers who were successful in 2010. Then consider that Daniel Abt was crowned “German Motorsport Talent of the Year” – praise indeed!
Whilst his time in Formula Renault 3.5, with Tech 1 Racing was only brief, this experience in a direct and prominent F1 feeder series should help him as 2013 bares witness to one of the most competitive GP2 line ups in recent years.
His charm and wit can be deceiving, on the track his ruthless will to win takes over. If he follows this racing path using his undeniable talent and potential, a career at the top is certainly possible.
Of course, these are only predictions at this stage, but watch this space as the next German talent attempts to stake his claim on the competitive and over-filled world of motor racing. With his more experienced team mate acting as a target, the next few years will be a learning curve. One I think could prove successful.
As the average age of competitive racing drivers continues to fall, his youth should not prove to be a barrier for future success. I just hope that in ten years time, I will look back on this particular edition with a (slightly smug) smile on my face.