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Top 50 racing drivers of 2018: 40-31

Top 50 racing drivers of 2018: 40-31
Dec 17, 2018, 10:55 AM's sister publication Autosport continues its countdown of the top 50 racing drivers of 2018. In part two, places from 40 to 31 are revealed.

4th in European F3

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Race winner Jüri Vips, Motopark Dallara F317 - Volkswagen

Photo by: FIA F3 / Suer

When Helmut Marko dropped in on the penultimate Formula 3 European Championship round at the Red Bull Ring, he reportedly blurted to some that ‘I’ve got Vips!’ He hadn’t, because this exquisitely talented Estonian was also entertaining an offer from another F1 junior programme, but within a couple of weeks it was settled, and Vips was heading to the Red Bull Junior stable. Rightly so, for he is ideal fodder for Marko: young, superfast, incredible car control and a total bullshit-free amiable personality.

Vips's rookie F3 season came with none of the pressure of Motopark team-mate Ticktum, and he did make mistakes, but by summer he was arguably the quickest driver around. His qualifying at a wet Misano was extraordinary.

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