Column 2017 November 20

The end of the 2017 Formula 1 season is near. Only one race remains, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. For many the last race of the year, for Ricciardo an opportunity to win. That is the opinion of the Red Bull driver, who wants to finish the year on top of the podium. The Australian driver won his only victory of the season in Azerbaijan. Helped perhaps by the famous track encounter between Vettel and Hamilton. That encounter that still continues being news after some recent declarations of the driver of Mercedes. Hamilton acknowledges that he warned Vettel that if he were to be disrespected in that way they would have problems.

While from Toro Rosso came the official confirmation. Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly will be the drivers of the Faenza team for 2018. Both debuted this season with Toro Rosso. Gasly came to replace Daniil Kvyat, the reason was that the team was not happy with the performance of the Russian driver. But then he returned when Gasly went to run the final race of the Formula Super Japanese during the US Grand Prix. Brendon Hartley took the place of Carlos Sainz, when the Spanish driver went to Renault. Gasly and Hartley finished the season with Toro Rosso at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team must be happy with the results of both drivers. Since in spite of not having obtained any point, they have managed to be confirmed for the next season.

Far from Formula 1 and despite being still a Honda driver. Fernando Alonso tested this Sunday for the first time the Toyota LMP1, the car that he will drive at the 24 hours of Le Mans. A dream fulfilled for the Spanish driver who had long wanted to try a car like that. Alonso participated in the FIA WEC rookie tests in Bahrain, sharing a car with his teammate Sébastien Buemi who was a Toro Rosso driver for three years.