“It’s fifteen years now since I first set up All Road Management, working with a young Brazilian guy by the name of Felipe Massa. In that time, the role of a driver manager has changed considerably and I’m glad to say that the image of a person with a full address book and a fancy briefcase, only interested in what he can get for himself, is now just a caricature. Here at All Road Management, that has never been our modus operandi: on the contrary, the long term future of our drivers has always been our priority.”
“Now, we are at the start of the 2017 season, with a stable of seven drivers of five different nationalities. The disciplines in which they compete reflect the great diversity of motor sport these days, everything from karting to Formula 1, via various junior formulae, GT cars and Sports Cars, even cars powered only by electricity. The major changes in the management of Formula 1, the blue riband championship, with greater emphasis on putting the fans first, will affect all categories of motor sport. This means that the work of All Road Management, in guiding drivers through all aspects of their job outside the cockpit will take on even more importance. Why this newsletter? Well, it’s definitely not a vanity project. Instead, we hope that all of you involved with our drivers will be interested to see what the others are up to, as we bring you updates throughout the year.”
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! – The Class of 2017
We thought he had retired, but now he’s back with the Williams team! He has a special place in the history of ARM, as effectively the operation came to life around the Brazilian’s career, right from the moment he made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2002. It’s true to say that everyone in the F1 paddock was sad to see Felipe go at the end of 2016 and now everyone is equally glad his “retirement” was so short lived. The first driver to come under the ARM wing, the 35 year old Brazilian is also the most experienced, having been racing since he was 8 years old. Felipe has 250 Grands Prix under his belt, with 11 wins to date.
Our Argentinian driver proves that single-seaters are not the only option. At 33 years of age, “Pechito” as he is known, has pretty much done it all. After the inevitable start in karts, he moved through the single-seater ranks, winning the Renault V6 Eurocup, competing in F3000 and GP2 as well as having a stint as a Renault F1 test driver. His career appeared to have stalled, but he rebuilt his reputation in Argentinian Touring Cars and after almost a decade in the ‘wilderness” he was taken on by the Citroen team in WTC, where he took the title for three consecutive years. A truly versatile performer, this year Jose-Maria tackles Formula E for DS Virgin Racing and the FIA WEC in LMP1 as a factory Toyota driver.
If we assume most racing drivers aspire to make it to Formula 1, Charles is currently tantalisingly close to that aspiration. The 19 year old Monegasque has been with us at ARM since 2011, when he was still karting. In fact, Charles was brought to our attention by the late Jules Bianchi, who had spotted his speed and talent. He moved up the ranks, standing out as the best rookie in both Formula Renault and Formula 3, including taking a noteworthy second place at the Macau F3 race in 2015 and last year he was crowned GP3 Champion, while also driving three Grand Prix practice sessions for the Haas team. On the books with Ferrari in their Driver Academy, this season he tries his hand at FIA Formula 2 with the Prema team.
James is following something of a British tradition of racing sports cars for Ferrari, which goes back to the days of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins. The 27 year old took the usual route through karts, Formula Renault, then British Formula 3, where he finished runner-up in 2010. His association with ARM really began when he switched to GP2 the following year, racing for the ART team, for two seasons in 2011and 2012. Although he was nominated as a third driver by the Force India Formula 1 team for 2014, he is now making a career in sports cars, driving with Ferrari and the renowned AF Corse team in the GT category of the FIA WEC, as well as tackling the Blancpain Endurance Series with Kaspersky Motorsport. It’s fair to say James is currently one of the stand-out drivers in GT racing and a reference point that others aspire to.
The Brit started karting in 2009, rising through the ranks, switching to single-seaters and in 2014 he was runner-up in the 2014 British Formula 3 series. The 22 year old then made the move to sports cars, joining the Manor LMP2 team in the World Endurance Championship for 2016. Now he stays with the category but makes an interesting team switch for this season which will be announced soon.
All Road Management opened its books with Felipe Massa back in 2003 and now there’s another young Brazilian, the youngest driver in fact, in the ARM family. Having begun karting in his native Brazil, last year the 14 year old tackled the KF Junior class in Europe, finishing third in the World Championship and in the Rotax Max Grand Finals. This year he moves up to the OK level and he is seen as the standard bearer for the next generation of Brazilians, a new wave following in his countrmen’s famous footsteps. The karting season starts really early, so Caio has already been racing this year. So far, the results have not come his way, although he has shown excellent pace, always among the fastest.
Sun Yue Yang
China is gradually making its presence felt on the motor sport world stage and the latest driver to try and make the breakthrough is Sun Yue Yang, a karting ace, who is still only 16 years old. This year he steps up to single-seaters, racing in the Formula Renault Eurocup, having spent the past year testing and going through an intensive training programme at the Renault Formula 1 team’s headquarters, as he is part of the French manufacturer’s young driver programme.