“Whatever happened to him?” is a question regularly asked about recent Formula 1 drivers – and more often than not, the answer is “they went to sports cars”. The same can be said of Felipe Nasr.

After losing his Sauber F1 seat at the end of 2016, Nasr spent 2017 largely on the sidelines (interrupted by a bizarre tweet calling for Jolyon Palmer to be sacked) before announcing early on he would be returning to racing this year in IMSA with Action Express Racing.

Nasr has quickly got to grips with life in sports cars, posting the fastest time in the preliminary qualifying session during the Roar Before the 24 test and regularly featuring towards the top of the timesheets.

The Brazilian will be hoping to continue this good form come final qualifying at Daytona and the race itself to make an early mark on the sports car world in 2018, and taste some of the success he could only dream of while tootling about at the back of the grid with Sauber.

 

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