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Formula Renault 3.5

Review: TCF’s Top 10 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Drivers of 2014

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8) Norman Nato

The fact that Norman Nato won two races in 2014 and is listed in eighth place in this list shows the form the Frenchman showed this season was patchy at best.

Driving a second year in the series for the DAMS team, Nato once again struggled to match his championship winning team-mate. In 2013, Kevin Magnussen took the crown while Nato struggled to thirteenth, and although he climbed to seventh in the standings in 2014, Carlos Sainz Jr still heavily outscored him.

But on his day, Nato was unstoppable. His performance in Monaco for example was simply outstanding. He was fastest in every session, taking pole position and a dominant and faultless victory. Again at the Hungaroring towards the end of the year, he was on the top of his game, battling through to take his second win ahead of Roberto Merhi. Unfortunately, outside of his two wins, he could not finish higher than fifth elsewhere, and on seven occasions failed to score any points at all.

His inconsistency cost him in 2014, and if he wants a long career in motorsport, it is something he will need to sort out. He still has options for 2015; his race wins guaranteed him that, with both a return to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series or a move to the GP2 Series both a possibility. Wherever he goes, he needs to be on the top of his game from the off and stay there.

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