Once the helmet goes on in F1600, Castell, 19, doesn’t get any special treatment or have other drivers come after her because she’s a girl, and that’s exactly the way she wants it.
“It would be worse with special treatment because you don’t develop as a driver,” she said. “You can’t develop if someone isn’t pushing you.”
By the Numbers: With his third win of the season on Sunday in Belgium, Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo sliced the deficit to second in the Formula One points standings to just 35 with seven grands prix to go.
The gap is only six points more than the second-placed man Lewis Hamilton needs to make up to catch leader and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
It may just make the run to the title that much more interesting as the top two teammates continue their acrimonious battle for the 2014 championship. That's because having one team's two drivers split the points to allow a third to sneak up the middle and steal the world championship isn't unprecedented in F1, and Ricciardo seems to know it.
"If we can collect maximum points around here [Belgium], you know it gives us a bit more hope for the circuits that are going to come later in the season: Singapore, Suzuka [Japan], just a couple to mention," Ricciardo said after his win in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
"Obviously it's great. We're really motivated right now. [The next race in] Monza we know will be tricky again, but obviously the package we brought here was pretty racy, so, try and take something from here to Monza and then I think, as I said, Singapore and Suzuka will be pretty good for us."
In 1986, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet Sr. won nine of the 16 races for Williams only to watch McLaren's Alain Prost snatch the title from their grasp in the final race of the year. Prost won the championship by two points.
Twenty-one years later, McLaren was the victim when teammates Fernando Alonso and Hamilton engaged in a pitched battle all year and took wins in eight of 17 starts. Their fight left the door open for Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen, who leapfrogged both with a season-ending win in Brazil and took the 2007 title over both by a single point.
Technically Speaking: It appears that an IndyCar race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) continues to be possible in 2015 as the series continues to explore options in Canada should the city's hosting of the Pam-American games next summer scuttle its Toronto stop.
The only date that's been made available to the Toronto promoters right now for the streets of Exhibition Place is apparently June 8, which happens to be the traditional spot for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Simply put, having IndyCar in Toronto on the same day as the country's largest annual sporting event would be idiotic and would go a long way to kill an already wounded race.
IndyCar insider Robin Miller of Racer Magazine reported on the weekend that the series’ track consultant, Tony Cotman, traveled to Bowmanville, Ont., last week to inspect CTMP. As things stand, CTMP is only being considered as a back-up to Exhibition Place.
The legendary circuit which hosted F1 and the old United States Auto Club forerunner to IndyCar decades ago would need upgrades to accommodate the safety requirements of the fast open wheel cars.
While it is only considered a back up if things go wrong in Toronto, several run-off areas at CTMP would need to be increased. That said, the track has hosted races of the old American Le Mans Series that featured amazingly quick Prototype cars. The lap record is held by the Audi R10 TDI driven by Dindo Capello at 1 minute 4.094 seconds for an average speed of 222.254 km/h. An IndyCar may be a couple of seconds quicker than the LMP1 Audi, with an F1 car likely lapping the track in an estimated 55 seconds. That would mean the upgrades likely wouldn't be that massive or complex.