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Sette Camara Dropped from Red Bull Program

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There was one high-profile name missing from the 2017 Red Bull Junior Program list when it was released as GP2 driver Sergio Sette Camara was not on their five-man squad for the year.

Just Pierre Gasly, Niko Kari, and Richard Verschoor remain on board from their 2016 roster, with British driver Dan Ticktum and American Neil Verhagen completing the team looking to progress their motorsport skills during the year. Luis Leeds, who raced in British F4 last season, has also lost his place.

The Brazilian driver is now listed among their ‘alumni’ on their website having spent 2016 with the team while racing for Motopark in the European Formula Three Championship. He also took part in events for Red Bull, like driving their RB7 car at the Ignition Festival of Motoring in Glasgow, Scotland.

Camara also piloted the Toro Rosso STR11 car during in-season testing at Silverstone Circuit, UK, in July last year, his first taste of lapping in Formula One machinery. He finished just behind current Red Bull junior Niko Kari in the F3 standings last season in 11th place, with a best result of second at Pau and failed to win in 66 F3 races between 2014 and ‘16.

The 18-year-old will spend 2017 racing with MP Motorsport in GP2 after testing with the team in December, becoming the first Brazilian driver to race in GP2 since Andre Negrao piloted the No. 20 Arden car in 2015. He is the third driver with a history of GP2 sessions to have lost Red Bull backing in the last three years, following Dean Stoneman and Alex Lynn spending one year in the program in 2014 and 2015.

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Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson has been a watcher of Formula 1 since 2007, a casual television watch evolved to watching and reading anything related to something with wheels and an engine. A fan of writing, it was a no-brainer about what to do to try and get into motorsport, consistently discussing things about this great sport since 2016.