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#1 weareracing

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 00:15

It's getting late and still no news, even if their Press Office stated that driver line-up for 2013 might not take place until after pre-season testing.
Paul di Resta cannot feel comfortable, nor the mechanics and all the design, engineering, logistics and backroom staff at Dadford Road.
Evaluating options or struggling to survive?
Caterham and Marussia is par for the course looking for "sponsored" drivers.
IF that is the case for Force India, then their F1 path has been 1, 2, 3 steps forward and NO WAY BACK...........
Hope to hear something positive soon but I'm beginning to fear the worst.
Shame for Paul, even if he isn't the most popular or charismatic driver on the grid.
The McLaren gig was a perfect match, he would have been ULTRA reliable.

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#2 MaxCrazyEddieCayer

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 00:19

It's getting late and still no news, even if their Press Office stated that driver line-up for 2013 might not take place until after pre-season testing.
Paul di Resta cannot feel comfortable, nor the mechanics and all the design, engineering, logistics and backroom staff at Dadford Road.
Evaluating options or struggling to survive?
Caterham and Marussia is par for the course looking for "sponsored" drivers.
IF that is the case for Force India, then their F1 path has been 1, 2, 3 steps forward and NO WAY BACK...........
Hope to hear something positive soon but I'm beginning to fear the worst.
Shame for Paul, even if he isn't the most popular or charismatic driver on the grid.
The McLaren gig was a perfect match, he would have been ULTRA reliable.


yeah, i agree. not looking good indeed

#3 Rybo

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 00:28

If I'm not mistaken they said they would announce their line up at their reveal. Even if they don't at that time I find it doubtful they would until the end of preseason. DiResta would have a boat load of testing to do...

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 00:57

Its strange to wait for that long, I m a bit worried

#5 clipper

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:16

Its strange to wait for that long, I m a bit worried



Just trying to think back to last year, did senna get announced on the day of the Williams launch?

#6 VoonDerful

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:18

Got a feeling PDR wont get a seat....

especially when the team finalize 2014 engine deal with ferrari, Jules will take one of the seat.

Edited by VoonDerful, 30 January 2013 - 09:19.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:39

Just trying to think back to last year, did senna get announced on the day of the Williams launch?

he was announced around half january i think, but the thing is that force india specifically said that they wont annoucne their drivers at the launch !!!

#8 Sakae

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:08

Has anyone in the media actually asked FI, why all this secrecy about drivers line up is needed so late in the game? I mean, if they aren't sure even now how to shorten list down to two names, then when?

#9 Jimisgod

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:34

I hope Stirling Moss makes a comeback.

#10 F1ultimate

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:22

I am not a Di Resta fan but I feel for him. This is an uncomfortable situation for him.

#11 sopa

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 17:19

So who will get these two seats? Recently there haven't even been any speculations any more. In September the educated guess was di Resta-Alguersuari, in November di Resta-Sutil, in December Di Resta-Bianchi. Now???

Or is the team going to be sold and we are going to get drivers completely out of the blue. Stefan GP anyone? :p

#12 ApexMouse

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 17:32

Serenelli and Milka Duno.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 17:47

Just trying to think back to last year, did senna get announced on the day of the Williams launch?


Senna was announced in January before the launch - but Petrov replaced Trulli at Caterham after Trulli had tested at Jerez.

So even if we see DiResta at the launch and Jerez, unless they announce him as their driver (and perhaps even after) there seem to be some red flags waving.

The McLaren deal is running out, so it's likely the team is going to need more money to maintain the same levels of performance and invest in infrastructure unless they can extend the partnership, or get a similar deal with another team.

#14 charly0418

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 17:49

Now we all know why Hulkenberg happily went to Sauber

#15 f1gooner

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 17:55

Now we all know why Hulkenberg happily went to Sauber

It's looking more and more like a wise decision :up:

#16 David Lightman

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 20:56

I think it was always a wise decision by Hulk, Sauber have had far fewer 'dodgy' periods than the bunch from Silverstone who seem to have spent 22 years lurching from one drama to another.

#17 Red17

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 21:02

Just trying to think back to last year, did senna get announced on the day of the Williams launch?

You had Trulli testing the Caterham with a contract, and then you had Petrov in his place. But it is worrying.

#18 Giz

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:11

How big a shock would Rossiter be.....

#19 Victor_RO

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:18

How big a shock would Rossiter be.....


Rossiter is already signed up to a full WEC season in LMP2 with Kodewa/Lotus, and there are a couple of calendar clashes between F1 and the WEC as far as I'm aware.

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#20 Giz

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:30

Rossiter is already signed up to a full WEC season in LMP2 with Kodewa/Lotus, and there are a couple of calendar clashes between F1 and the WEC as far as I'm aware.


Quite a big shock then... still he seems to be doing ok for them

#21 Peat

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:40

He doesn't bring any cash, so doubtful.

Force India have a queue of drivers with bundles of money to choose from.

Edited by Peat, 07 February 2013 - 12:42.


#22 Mark A

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 13:09

Paul is already confirmed.

So only one open seat.


http://www.forceindi...th-vijay-mallya

(question 2)

#23 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 18:35

Is Rossiter seriously being seen as a contender here? He's already under contract at Force India as their development driver, nothing more. He's only driving this week to compare simulator data to on track data. If Force India already had their second driver, Rossiter would not be driving at all.

Edited by DutchQuicksilver, 07 February 2013 - 18:35.