In 2013, Formula 1 has four British drivers to its name. Of the many young, Brits waiting in the wings, one driver is making his presence felt this year.
At 22, Nick Yelloly has done everything he can to cement his future Formula 1 campaign. Not attached to any young driver schemes, it will be an upward struggle – but not even that is stopping him! In 2013, Nick has made a triumphant return to GP3, currently sitting sixth in the overall championship tally following two races.
To many, this move from Formula Renault 3.5 (with Comtec Racing) could be seen as a backward step. However, it may prove to be a wise decision. As a podium finisher in the series with Atech CRS in 2011, it may be that Nick will efficiently utilise his racing experience. In Motorsport, this can be an almost priceless entity. Let’s not forget, GP3 is one of the most competitive series this year as 2013 sees the birth of a new generation of racing cars.
Carlin too is a sensible choice. A total of 175 drivers have graduated from the team to secure seats in the highest echelons of Motorsport. Among them, Formula 1 drivers, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Jaime Alguersuari and Daniel Ricciardo. Carlin are searching for a championship win in 2013, this may be enough to secure him a place on this prestigious list. He will be their lead driver this year.
Of course, this is all guess work. After all, that is what ‘Future Stars’ is all about. So allow me to take you back to the facts of his past career. From twenty-three races in Formula Renault 3.5, Nick Yelloly amassed a total of five podiums, a feat many, more experienced drivers cannot achieve (though I shan’t be naming names of course).
His career began in the Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series – he finished second in 2009. Perhaps most extraordinary of all? Nick Yelloly took to racing much later than the majority of his peers, starting his campaign in 2008.
It is hard to judge the extent of his GP3 pace; his 2011 car was by no means the fastest on the grid. However, he is a rain specialist. In other words, I do not suggest you rule out his speed and accuracy when faced with tough racing conditions.
To me, he is somewhat of a ‘silent assassin’ – much quieter than his peers but sensibly methodical during the race. He may not have the most victories to his name, but he is a formidable presence on the track. At 22, there is still plenty of time to forge his chosen career.
Watch out for Nick Yelloly in Monaco in 2013 as Zeta Corse have once again updated their FR3.5 driver line up. Mihai Marinescu will make way for the regular Nick Yelloly. He will race alongside Red Bull Junior, Carlos Sainz in Monaco.
Best of luck Nick!