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Crash.net's 10 to Watch in 2017 (Pt.2)

2016 is already last year's news, so Crash.net is turning its attentions to this season with our big tips for the coming months outside of F1...
2016 is already last year's news, so Crash.net is turning its attentions to this season with our big tips for the coming months outside of F1...

Our editors have chosen 10 drivers (5 revealed yesterday in Pt.1 and another 5 here)... and we want to know whether you agree or whether you think someone else is destined for a breakthrough year!

Kris Meeke

1.
Kris Meeke
Citroen Racing, World Rally Championship

Though he isn't new to the rallying scene, Kris Meeke has only competed in two full seasons of World Rally Championship competition… yet is already a three-time winner and the first since Richard Burns.

Though admittedly prone to errors in his initial campaigns, whilst Meeke only contested a part-season in 2016 as Citroen went behind-the-scenes ahead of a full scale return for 2017 he was a threat to the best every time he appeared. Having taken charge of the new C3 WRC development and Sebastien Ogier adapting to Ford machinery, Meeke has a fantastic opportunity in 2017.

Callum Ilott

2.
Callum Ilott
Prema Powerteam, European F3

Touted as Britain's next superstar in 2015 after being picked up by Red Bull's famed driver programme, Callum Ilott seemed to have missed his opportunity with a stuttering European F3 campaign.

Dropped for 2016, Ilott found his form again and heads into 2017 with a chance to redeem himself fully as the team leader in Prema Powerteam's all-conquering set up.

Felix Rosenqvist

3.
Felix Rosenqvist
Mahindra Racing, Formula E & Mercedes, DTM (not confirmed)

One of the most versatile racers around, European F3 champion Felix Rosenqvist has been racing in Formula E of late with Mahindra (taking a pole in only his second outing), but deserves to find himself in 'full-time' summer employment as well.

Replacing F1-bound Esteban Ocon in Mercedes' DTM line-up in 2016, it is worth noting the Swede scored more points in fewer races than the highly-touted Frenchman managed…

Loic Duval

4.
Loic Duval
Audi, DTM & Faraday Future Dragon Racing, Formula E

With Audi's exit from the World Endurance Championship, Loic Duval has once again had to refocus his racing as he prepares for a dual year in Formula E and DTM. Audi demonstrated how highly they hold the French driver by shuffling him into its DTM line-up alongside his all-electric series commitments with Dragon.

Kalle Rovanpera

5.
Kalle Rovanpera
Skoda Motorsport

Rallying fans should recognise the surname, but 15 year-old Kalle Rovanpera is being compared to the likes of Max Verstappen. Son of experienced ex-Peugeot/Mitsubishi/SEAT WRC driver Harri, Kalle has been competing in the Latvian Rally Championship – largely because his age means he cannot compete in the European Rally Championship – but has shown pace on par with the best in ERC.

Furthermore, some big names are already paying attention and Rovanpera has already tested a Toyota WRC car… rallying seems to have found its next flying Finn!


Related Pictures

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Kris Meeke (GBR)-Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team
Kris Meeke (GBR)-Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team

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