Jump to content


Photo

Anthony Davidson


  • Please log in to reply
41 replies to this topic

#1 ceebdub

ceebdub
  • Member

  • 98 posts
  • Joined: January 09

Posted 13 August 2009 - 13:59

Why does Anthony not have an F1 drive? Will he get one?

Advertisement

#2 expert

expert
  • Member

  • 1,022 posts
  • Joined: July 09

Posted 13 August 2009 - 14:00

He had one. He was slower than Sato.

#3 glorius&victorius

glorius&victorius
  • Member

  • 4,327 posts
  • Joined: June 02

Posted 13 August 2009 - 15:30

because he hasnt proved anything

if he was not British.. no one would talk about him...

Edited by glorius&victorius, 13 August 2009 - 15:31.


#4 Kooper

Kooper
  • Member

  • 2,189 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 13 August 2009 - 15:36

cos, his feet don't reach the pedals?

#5 Brawn BGP 001

Brawn BGP 001
  • Member

  • 2,576 posts
  • Joined: June 09

Posted 13 August 2009 - 15:41

He was poor as a driver, never really understood the hype. He was soundly beaten by Sato.

#6 FonzCam

FonzCam
  • Member

  • 762 posts
  • Joined: February 05

Posted 13 August 2009 - 15:42

cos, his feet don't reach the pedals?

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Saw him in real life once and he is even smaller then I'd imagined!

#7 MinT

MinT
  • Member

  • 1,994 posts
  • Joined: February 09

Posted 13 August 2009 - 16:34

Porbably because he is generally to old now and didnt do much (relative to his team mate) when he did have a drive....

Might get to run round at the back again with one of the new teams, if they make it to the grid that is.

#8 Hole

Hole
  • Member

  • 2,232 posts
  • Joined: August 09

Posted 13 August 2009 - 16:41

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Saw him in real life once and he is even smaller then I'd imagined!


Even Sato is 1 CM taller.

But it's interesting that many good materials from the current grid are quite short: Alonso 1.71; Massa 1.65; Kimi 1.76; Schumacher 1.74...

#9 Jay

Jay
  • Member

  • 957 posts
  • Joined: June 09

Posted 13 August 2009 - 16:48

I think Davidson should take Legard spot in the commentary box.

He's not quick enough to get a drive, but his insights, and racing smarts are top class.


Jay

#10 potmotr

potmotr
  • Member

  • 9,999 posts
  • Joined: January 08

Posted 13 August 2009 - 17:53

He was poor as a driver, never really understood the hype. He was soundly beaten by Sato.


He was a groundhog away from scoring an amazing podium for Super Aguri in 2007...



#11 PNSD

PNSD
  • Member

  • 3,276 posts
  • Joined: February 08

Posted 13 August 2009 - 18:55

Soundly beaten by Sato? Thats complete tosh if i ever saw it! Look at the race laptimes, both were very very equally matched.

#12 undersquare

undersquare
  • Member

  • 18,929 posts
  • Joined: November 07

Posted 13 August 2009 - 19:16

I thought he was very unlucky in races, people always seemed to be driving into him when he was about to get a result. He was a lot more consistent than Sato, too. I'd like to see him get another chance.

#13 Tenmantaylor

Tenmantaylor
  • Member

  • 8,224 posts
  • Joined: July 01

Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:20

I think Davidson should take Legard spot in the commentary box.

He's not quick enough to get a drive, but his insights, and racing smarts are top class.


Jay


:up:

I think worse drivers have lasted longer in F1 but he is brilliant on the mic.

#14 MegaManson

MegaManson
  • Member

  • 2,102 posts
  • Joined: March 09

Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:39

Soundly beaten by Sato? Thats complete tosh if i ever saw it! Look at the race laptimes, both were very very equally matched.


In F3 when they were team mates Sato murdered him

Davidson is good enough for a back of the grid team but he should stick to commentary where he is brilliant

#15 undersquare

undersquare
  • Member

  • 18,929 posts
  • Joined: November 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:13

In F3 when they were team mates Sato murdered him


Ant is 2 years younger though isn't he? That was his first year in F3 and he outscored Sato in the 2nd half of the season. Taku being in his second year in F3.

#16 undersquare

undersquare
  • Member

  • 18,929 posts
  • Joined: November 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:57

The Sato/Davidson F3 comparison, 2nd year vs. 1st year, is like saying PK jr = Hamilton in GP2 :stoned: .

Edited by undersquare, 14 August 2009 - 11:58.


#17 stevvy1986

stevvy1986
  • Member

  • 3,168 posts
  • Joined: October 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 15:31

In F3 when they were team mates Sato murdered him


Since when did a season in F3 against your teammate determine how good you'd be against them in other formulas? Apart from never. Should he have thought "oh no, I got beaten by my teammate this season, I hope I don't have to drive in the same team as him in F1 because he might beat me again"

#18 cheapracer

cheapracer
  • Member

  • 10,388 posts
  • Joined: May 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 15:40

Since when did a season in F3 against your teammate determine how good you'd be against them in other formulas?



Errr, for about the last 30 years by F1 Team managers actually.


because he hasnt proved anything

if he was not British.. no one would talk about him...



Not just limited to Davidson either.

Edited by cheapracer, 14 August 2009 - 15:42.


#19 stevvy1986

stevvy1986
  • Member

  • 3,168 posts
  • Joined: October 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 15:49

Yeah, cos everything is based on a season in F3 isn't it :rolleyes: . Just because someone got beaten by their teammate in a season of F3 doesn't mean they're going to be beaten by them in other formula further up the ladder, including F1.

Advertisement

#20 Kop Alonso

Kop Alonso
  • Member

  • 276 posts
  • Joined: November 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 15:50

Slower than Sato my hat , unluckier yes ...

Can anyone remember that stunning quali lap in Turkey he did ...?

He is a good driver but his chance has gone I'm afraid

#21 cheapracer

cheapracer
  • Member

  • 10,388 posts
  • Joined: May 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 16:09

Yeah, cos everything is based on a season in F3 isn't it :rolleyes: . Just because someone got beaten by their teammate in a season of F3 doesn't mean they're going to be beaten by them in other formula further up the ladder, including F1.


Well apparently it does mean a hell of a lot to F1 Team managers who are the reason drivers get a job in F1. No offense but I consider their talent at selecting drivers in a much higher regard than yours.

Suggest you take a moment to study the backgrounds and selection process of all F1 drivers over the last 20 - 30 years. basically it goes; Karts - F3 - F1.



#22 MinT

MinT
  • Member

  • 1,994 posts
  • Joined: February 09

Posted 14 August 2009 - 16:10

both were very very equally matched.


Which unfortunately (as well as debateable) is not exactly a huge claim to fame.

#23 wingwalker

wingwalker
  • Member

  • 6,326 posts
  • Joined: September 06

Posted 14 August 2009 - 16:15

People bringing up results in lower formulas really should think twice. Remember how Piquet Jr was going to to match Hamilton as he was his only Rival in GP2? IMO Davidson deserves a drive and would a valuable asset for a new team, and I totally wish he will find one. I'm a bit afraid it's not going to happen as there are no rumours whatsoever about him, but there are places available still...

#24 Alfisti

Alfisti
  • Member

  • 26,393 posts
  • Joined: December 99

Posted 14 August 2009 - 16:28

I don't rate him that highly but honestly, who else is there? He's better than the rest sitting on the sidelines, or at least very very close. Think luizzi, Klien, Sato, Bourdais, Piquet, PDLR, Wurz etc ... geee i'd give Davison a lash ahead of them.

IMHO he's the ideal driver for McLaren, surely he's faster than Kovalainen and he'd be cheap.

#25 pingu666

pingu666
  • Member

  • 8,610 posts
  • Joined: October 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 16:38

he does the odd sportscar race, like le mans...

#26 undersquare

undersquare
  • Member

  • 18,929 posts
  • Joined: November 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 16:41

I don't rate him that highly but honestly, who else is there? He's better than the rest sitting on the sidelines, or at least very very close. Think luizzi, Klien, Sato, Bourdais, Piquet, PDLR, Wurz etc ... geee i'd give Davison a lash ahead of them.

IMHO he's the ideal driver for McLaren, surely he's faster than Kovalainen and he'd be cheap.


I think that's about right. Honda had all his telemetry but they preferred Button (though with Fry in charge), still he'd be ideal for a new team. I think he'd be at least as good as all the other middle-tier guys like Brundle, Blundell, DC and Herbert. Hill too. Don't see two Brits at Mac though TBH.

#27 cheapracer

cheapracer
  • Member

  • 10,388 posts
  • Joined: May 07

Posted 14 August 2009 - 17:42

IMO Davidson deserves a drive and would a valuable asset for a new team, and I totally wish he will find one.


Why, because your British? - other than that please tell us why he deserves a drive please?




#28 ceebdub

ceebdub
  • Member

  • 98 posts
  • Joined: January 09

Posted 15 August 2009 - 10:36

Why, because your British? - other than that please tell us why he deserves a drive please?

He could fit into Adrian Neweys slimline tiny cockpits

#29 slideways

slideways
  • Member

  • 3,197 posts
  • Joined: January 09

Posted 15 August 2009 - 10:55

I think he is far too nice a guy, and on the flip side, no where near aggressive/motivated enough.

As others have said, I think he is the next big F1 commentator. He needs to replace Leggard at BBC asap.

#30 Thunder Chat

Thunder Chat
  • Member

  • 166 posts
  • Joined: April 09

Posted 15 August 2009 - 13:20

he's been floating around a while now, i hope BAR paid him well when he was a tester, remember williams wanted to give him a test after his performance as BAR's 3rd driver at monaco, BAR blocked them claiming he was important to their future :rolleyes: that to me was probably his best chance of actually making it, comparing him with sato? i saw them both at croft in F3 for carlin i think it was, as i remember davidson won one of the races that day, sato the other

He didn't stand out alongside sato really in the super aguri, and personally i don't rate sato as being more than a competent finance supported driver so...

and also about his attitude in the williams situation, there are others who would look at BAR and what they had achieved and told them to sod off, taking the chance on getting a williams drive, but he took the safe route :|

#31 slideways

slideways
  • Member

  • 3,197 posts
  • Joined: January 09

Posted 15 August 2009 - 13:33

You're right, but in the end they paid him back with the drive at Super Aguri. Piranhas and all that.

#32 rolf123

rolf123
  • Member

  • 2,331 posts
  • Joined: October 07

Posted 15 August 2009 - 17:36

A bit like Jonathan Palmer. Intelligent but crap driver.


#33 KiwiF1

KiwiF1
  • Member

  • 399 posts
  • Joined: April 05

Posted 16 August 2009 - 04:34

I think that he would be useful to most teams, good at development. Hard to tell what he would be like in a faster car though, but definately deserves another chance. As a Williams supporter, I wouldn't be upset if he went there, probably happier if it was to replace Nakajima rather than Rosberg though!!

#34 ceebdub

ceebdub
  • Member

  • 98 posts
  • Joined: January 09

Posted 16 August 2009 - 14:32

His commentary is excellent and deserves a mainstream space somewhere on the experts panel

#35 mountford

mountford
  • Member

  • 430 posts
  • Joined: July 09

Posted 16 August 2009 - 14:47

His commentary is excellent and deserves a mainstream space somewhere on the experts panel


This


#36 BMW_F1

BMW_F1
  • Member

  • 7,670 posts
  • Joined: February 08

Posted 16 August 2009 - 15:35

Anthony who?

#37 BullHead

BullHead
  • Member

  • 6,654 posts
  • Joined: May 08

Posted 16 August 2009 - 15:48

A bit like Jonathan Palmer. Intelligent but crap driver.


Ouch! That hurts. Give the guy a break. No real chances to show something. And at Aguri he wasn't "crap". He is as you say intelligent though. Beautiful for commentary as everyone seems to agree. Could be good for driving. Alas, even if he did get a seat, it wouldn't be one that he could prove anything with.

#38 LuckyStrike1

LuckyStrike1
  • Member

  • 5,501 posts
  • Joined: March 01

Posted 16 August 2009 - 15:55

Anthony who?



Davidson.

#39 Matt Somers

Matt Somers
  • Member

  • 550 posts
  • Joined: March 09

Posted 17 August 2009 - 13:17

I think I echo most peoples comments in saying although talented there are others out there on a par/better. Having said that time in a F1 car is crucial and we can't really say Super Aguri had a fair crack of the whip. I think Ant could do an average job for one of the new coming teams as he understands setup and could prime a new team. Failing that as everyone has already said he does great commentary work and has a way of dumbing down the information so that its digestable to the average joe whilst still giving great tech insight to the more avid fan.

Advertisement

#40 Anssi

Anssi
  • Member

  • 1,899 posts
  • Joined: August 09

Posted 17 August 2009 - 13:22

I will remember his F1 career from how he described going through turn 8 (I think, it's the long high-speed corner) at Turkey.

It's a positive memory.

#41 Mauseri

Mauseri
  • Member

  • 7,488 posts
  • Joined: March 05

Posted 17 August 2009 - 13:32

He was no better than Allan McNish or Christiano da Matta to name but a few. No one believes he is champion material and no one pays him a ride, that's why he isn't in.

#42 undersquare

undersquare
  • Member

  • 18,929 posts
  • Joined: November 07

Posted 17 August 2009 - 13:47

He was no better than Allan McNish or Christiano da Matta to name but a few. No one believes he is champion material and no one pays him a ride, that's why he isn't in.


He was a mile better than those two, they never looked competitive. And most of the drivers are not champion material after all. Personally I'd like to see him given a proper chance, which he didn't get at SA IMO, and come back up to date to do commentary for us in a year or two, or four.