Rolling start: Nissan dons kimonos, rising star Nyck de Vries and more

Sutton eyes 2020 BTCC

Former BTCC champion Ashley Sutton has said he is “plotting” his attack on the series next year, despite Subaru withdrawing from the championship as a result of the end of the firm’s deal with Team BMR. Sutton has enjoyed plenty of success driving a Levorg, including winning the final race of this season.

And finally…

Bizarre revelation of the week: Lewis Hamilton says he turned down a cameo appearance in the forthcoming new Top Gun 2 movie. Hamilton, who voiced one of the characters in Cars 2, told ESPN that he loved the original film but simply didn’t have time to do the filming for the new one.

Rising star

Nyck de Vries: The Dutchman, aged 24, is basking in the afterglow of becoming Formula 2 champion with a round to spare, in a season when his long-standing status as a McLaren junior driver also came to an end.

De Vries entered car racing with a big reputation following consecutive World Karting Championship wins. Formula Renault titles in 2014 didn’t prove the precursor to further single-seater success – until this season, when in partnership with Lewis Hamilton’s old team ART Grand Prix, he scorched through F2.

De Vries will now join another ex-McLaren driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, as a Mercedes works driver in Formula E, as the car giant makes its debut in the all-electric single-seater series.

Great racing cars

McLaren M23, 1973-1978: Formula 1 teams today design, build and race a car for one season, then consign it to a museum. Back in 1973, McLaren built an F1 car that was still on the grid six years later.

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