Formula One will be heading back to the track for real soon and the teams have been filling out their teams of late in preparation for the 2010 season. This week Virgin Racing has been busy finding a driver to act as a reserve and test driver for their 2010 Formula One program. Just who has Virgin Racing decided is the best choice for the coveted position that hundreds of drivers would love to a chance to fill. Andy Soucek has joined Virgin Racing this week as their latest draftee and reserve/test driver. Andy Soucek has the talent and success in Formula Two that should give him a good leg up in his promotion to big time racing for 2010. He won the Formula Two Championship in 2009 and is ready for the jump to Formula One.
Andy Soucek hails from Spain and this move is definitely what he has been dreaming about since he started racing. He’s finally getting his chance to show what he can do and put out the work that will allow him to succeed in the fastest sport on four wheels. He’ll be under the wings of veteran Formula One racers Timo Glock and Lucas de Grassi, so he the role models he needs to make it to the top. The question is does he have the mix of driving talent, steel nerves and emotional control that is necessary to succeed in Formula One? He needs to take his time and soak up as much information as he can from his work with Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi and then time will tell.
Soucek got a taste of Formula One last year with Williams and their young driver test, so he has an idea of the power he’ll have to harness if he’s to succeed. He did compete in GP2 for two seasons, before making the jump to F2, and also won the Spanish Formula Three series in 2005. This combined with his great year in Formula Two last year could mean he’ll be good with the jump to Formula One and he could be a young driver to keep your eye on. His development could have serious consequences for the history of Formula One in a few years, you never know, and we need to keep our minds open to the possibilities. The future is ready for Andy Soucek to grab hold of his future and drive himself into Formula One history, the question as always in sports is how bad does he want it?
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