With the 2018 UIM World F1 season still months away (it kicks off in Portimao, Portugal in May) one would assume most teams have got their driver line-ups already signed up. However, that could not be further from the truth and we still won’t know the full line up until days before the first race.
We knew Abu Dhabi had got their 2018 plans sorted when the UAE capital signed Florida’s Shaun Torrente to replace Alex Carrella. It seemed like only minutes after winning his 4th world title, Carella was moved to one side to make way for Torrente who joins Thani and Rashid Al Qamzi under the leadership of team Manager Guido Cappellini.
We have been speculating as to where Carella will end up, and Scott Gillman’s Victory team looks a likely destination, the slot vacated by Torrente. Nevertheless, Gillman prefers to keep his cards close to his chest and the best we can get out of the former world champion is ‘wait and see’.
Last season Francesco Cantando arrived on the scene with a brand new Blaze outfit but was sadly plagued by mechanical issues during the season. His partner Bart Marszalek enjoyed a great year and was a regular top ten pilot. However, we understand Cantando is now looking for a new partner as it appears Bart and Cantando’s sponsors feel there is a clash of interests, so the Polish driver is ‘moving on’. Where to, again we are not sure, but don’t be surprised if the likeable Pole joins forces with Norway’s Marit Stromoy in Emirates Racing as the future of her current number two German Mike Szymura looks far from certain.
The good news from Australia is that Grant Trask has signed up a new sponsor in the shape of Bartercoin. The colour scheme of the sponsor is all-black and the livery of his 2017 UIM world F1 partner Team Atlantic is blue and white. F1 rules stipulate that both boats in a team should sport the same colours so it will be fascinating to see if Grant is allowed to keep the Bartercoin colours.
Australia’s Grant Trask
There is a distinct shortage of new f1 drivers entering the premier division of circuit racing. The last pilot to join the senior ranks from F4 was Mad Croc Filip Roms, but we cannot recall any new names since. Perhaps someone can persuade Jay Price or Terry Rinker out of European retirement as both of these American drivers are still more than capable of challenging for podium places.