Making sense of the F1 silly season

Making sense of the F1 silly season

The Formula 1 rumour mill surrounding the so-called silly season seems to have more impetus than normal for this time of year. DIETER RENCKEN tries to work out who goes where

As the European summer gradually gives way to winter, so Formula 1's traditional 'silly season' - the period during which the most outrageous driver moves are speculated upon - gathers momentum, usually ending in some or other jaw-dropping announcement many moons down the road.

This year, bang on cue, Scuderia Toro Rosso stole the thunder with its announcement that it had signed a not-yet-17-year-old to contest the 2015 season. In fact, Red Bull's Italian-based junior team said 16-year-old Max Verstappen would contest FP1 sessions later this season in readiness for his full-blown debut in Melbourne.

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