The F1 outcast who became a surprise star in 2018

The F1 outcast who became a surprise star in 2018

One of the stars of the 2018 Formula 1 season is a man not even on the grid anymore, but who has revelled in a surprise new role after being abruptly jettisoned by his team last year

"I wasn't fussed about racing this year at all. I lost quite a lot of passion for racing because of the way the whole atmosphere was. I stopped enjoying what I was doing. It soured my feeling for driving, my desire. Which was a shame, because it was all I'd grown up wanting to do."

Elite competition is meant to be difficult, but sapping someone's enthusiasm and love for the sport that enchanted them as a child is a sad and harsh consequence when it goes badly wrong.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just