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Brendon Hartley

6th May 2009 - This week came the news that young kiwi driver Brendon Hartley, 19, gained his super licence giving him the right to drive in Formula 1. This meant he was immediately called up as the reserve driver for Red Bull Racing. Not only is it great to see a young kiwi make it to the top level of Formula 1 25 years after the last New Zealander did this, but he’s also the reserve driver for a team that has a good chance of competing for the championship this year.  However, this doesn’t guarantee Brendon a drive this year.  For someone so young though, it does give him a great chance of getting a top drive in the years to come. All New Zealand motor sports fans must be rejoicing at this great news!

In other news, there have been tributes to the former three times world champion, Ayrton Senna, as the 15th anniversary of his death has been remembered. Senna died on 1st May 1994 while leading the San Marino Grand Prix.  His car crashed unexpectedly into a concrete wall killing the talented world champion. In his career he picked up 65 pole positions and 41 victories and was seen as a genius on and off the track. He was, and is, perceived to be one of the all time greats and had he lived on, would surely have added many more victories and championship titles to his name.
The only other big news this week has been the ruling against McLaren for their misleading of officials a few races back. Luckily for them they have been given a suspended sentence. I’m sure they must be very happy about this considering the terrible season they’ve had so far; getting a ban would pretty much have ended their season.
Race 5 is this weekend, and with many new modifications being added to most cars, it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens.  

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