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#751 billm99uk

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:00

Apparently Kobayashi will race with number 10 and 9 for Ericsson.

 

Perfect 10?  ;)


Edited by billm99uk, 21 January 2014 - 14:01.


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#752 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:07

Now Sirotkin is nowhere, what happened to the Russian money? Will he be affiliated with Sauber at all? Did they come to their senses and decided that actually winning races and battling for a Championship would strengthen Sirotkins possible advance to a F1 seat?

 

:cool:



#753 Cool Beans

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:09

Joe Saward has just announced Di Resta is going back to DTM to race with Mercedes....

 

http://joesaward.wordpress.com/

:cry: I get that he was perhaps an awful driver and all he ever did was whine but I still rooted for him.



#754 MustangSally

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:34

Who honestly cares? As Lotus proved last year, even if the regular race driver isn't competing, the reserve still doesn't have any chance. :lol:

 

But Senna got to do same races with Lotus as a reserve, when Boullier fell out of love with Heidfeld.

 

On the whole, however, I agree with you. Just hanging around with mostly no chance seems a real waste of time. Christian Klien hung around for about four years . . . which could have been time much better spent.



#755 Lone

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:40

:cry: I get that he was perhaps an awful driver and all he ever did was whine but I still rooted for him.

 

You don't become a DTM champion if you're an awful driver.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 15:22

According to F1racing, VDG chose not to race for Caterham. For now only on the Dutch version of the site: http://www.gpupdate....-stap-voor-mij/

 

Rumours spread by EJ to cover the fact he got it wrong.   ;)



#757 Pitlane

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 15:47

Oh geez..

 

This is not going to be pretty, hopefully he stays out of the way.. Koba will beat him real bad and i already dread the swedish broadcasts, 

 

Time to order BBC i guess :p



#758 FenderJaguar

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 16:53

"He also claimed pole position for the prestigious Macau Grand Prix - beating a field which included future Formula 1 rivals Valtteri Bottas, Jules Bianchi, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Chilton – and finished fourth in the main event. It was enough to grab the attention of reigning Formula 1 champions Brawn GP, who ran Ericsson on all three days of the young driver test at Jerez in 2009."

 

"perhaps Abu Dhabi was a microcosm of his GP2 career. Ericsson claimed pole position but was deemed to have exceeded track limits and was demoted to the midfield. He nonetheless had the speed and aptitude to climb onto the podium and eventually finished the championship in sixth place."

I don't know what is allowed to link but I thought it was a pretty good piece of writing about his career so far

http://www.f1zone.ne...a-chance/21686/

 



#759 thegamer23

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 16:54

Silly season is over. It was a great one, gonna miss it :_(



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#760 JHSingo

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 17:01

But Senna got to do same races with Lotus as a reserve, when Boullier fell out of love with Heidfeld.

 

On the whole, however, I agree with you. Just hanging around with mostly no chance seems a real waste of time. Christian Klien hung around for about four years . . . which could have been time much better spent.

 

Agreed. There is nothing quite as tragic as the sight of a racing driver not racing.



#761 stanga

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 17:49

Agreed. There is nothing quite as tragic as the sight of a racing driver not racing.


Pictures of gassed Syrian children are probably a close second.

#762 InSearchOfThe

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 18:19

Who got the Caterham 3rd driver/reserve roll?  Rossi I hope.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 18:27

Who got the Caterham 3rd driver/reserve roll?  Rossi I hope.

 

Frijns + Rossi, Rossi drives GP2, in those weekends Frijns will take the Friday role



#764 plumtree

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 18:36

Who honestly cares? As Lotus proved last year, even if the regular race driver isn't competing, the reserve still doesn't have any chance. :lol:

I'm just interested, as there will be more in-season testing and lots of simulator work will be needed. I don't necessarily care if they will get a chance to take part in a grand prix.


Edited by plumtree, 21 January 2014 - 18:38.


#765 InSearchOfThe

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 18:37

Frijns + Rossi, Rossi drives GP2, in those weekends Frijns will take the Friday role

That's confirmed?

so Frijns isn't racing this year?

I'd like to see both Alex and Robin go head to head in GP2 at Caterham with AR besting RF. Giving Rossi some more cred.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 19:29

Pictures of gassed Syrian children are probably a close second.

 

Sarcasm really doesn't transcend well across the internet does it? :rolleyes:



#767 zanquis

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 19:41

InsearchOfThe, tbh i thik AR not racing FR might save him some credits,what are his changes of promoting to F1 if he would race RF and be defeated, which I think is a serious risk for him to happen in that case. Offcourse if a 2015 new USA team would come he would be on top of the list to get a seat but being beaten by your teammate looks bad.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 20:20

InsearchOfThe, tbh i thik AR not racing FR might save him some credits,what are his changes of promoting to F1 if he would race RF and be defeated, which I think is a serious risk for him to happen in that case. Offcourse if a 2015 new USA team would come he would be on top of the list to get a seat but being beaten by your teammate looks bad.

That's true, but I think the only way to get better, and or gain respectablity is to have a teammate that is a know quanity and out pace him.

American drivers never get any props from the Euros, and American teams get even less. My point is he(Rossi) needs to have a great year in GP2 to get any play at the next level. F1 is a bigboy game so I'd rather see him earn his chops than maybe get a seat if Haas get's the 13th spot on ability not just nationality. If Haas doesn't get the spot maybe AR can have a legitimate chance at another F1 seat . And this is coming from an American and Rossi fan.


Edited by InSearchOfThe, 21 January 2014 - 20:22.


#769 rjsports

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 20:25

I actually hope Rossi will do well in GP2 this year. I think he is a great driver which he showed in his first season of Formula Renault 3.5, but 2012 and also 2013 weren't great compared to 2011.



#770 gd2

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 20:49

:cry: I get that he was perhaps an awful driver and all he ever did was whine but I still rooted for him.

Awful driver! One of the best but no funds. Thankfully there's not so much mediocrity in F1 this year now that the likes of Pic and VDG are gone but its a joke that drivers are losing drives not because of their talent.



#771 zanquis

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:07

InSearchOfThe, true it is Always better for drivers to get their seat based on merrit alone, not on nationality, but based on that Schumacher would most likely not even been in F1 or maybe later, missing the time frame to be at the right place at the right time.

Pushing for a driver of a nationality is not bad perse but just make sure it meats the requirements. There are plenty of drivers more then racing seats that are good enough to drive F1, only a handfull at a given time are good enough to be a champion and it is not hard to find 20 drivers who are good enough to win races if given the right material and a bit of luck.

Being Dutch I have seen the frustration plenty of times of having drivers win championships and then not progressing into F1 where drivers from big countries get into F1 for much less results. Verstappen is one of the few with moderate succes (all though I still think he should have chosen the McLaren path instead of the Benetton path, he now ended up being at the wrong team for any newcomer to the sport, and then having a bad relationship with the (Dutch) press who didn't know anything about F1 so even if he had a mechanical failure wrote a article about how he crashed.) And If Lammers never injured his hand he would have been driving for Ferrari but we also had champions in lots of junior divisions who basicly had to do something else because they reach their top.. not the top of their driving but the top of their budget.



#772 William Hunt

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 21:52

What will happen to James Calado now?

His 3rd driver seat at Force India was taken by Daniel Juncadella.



#773 charly0418

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 22:07

What will happen to James Calado now?

His 3rd driver seat at Force India was taken by Daniel Juncadella.

 

He posted on twitter he has nothing going on. Looks like he's done



#774 Fastcake

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 22:46

He posted on twitter he has nothing going on. Looks like he's done

 

Maybe he could marry Max and convince Daddy Chilton that they could share a seat?



#775 billm99uk

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 22:49

He posted on twitter he has nothing going on. Looks like he's done

 

Ouch! Not even DTM? Any drives left there now?



#776 Starchild

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 23:07

He posted on twitter he has nothing going on. Looks like he's done

Where he posted that? :confused:

 

few days ago he posted this:

'Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to getting back racing this year. Going to work harder than ever at being my best for 2014'

 

so, it seems that he will race somewhere, maybe F3.5? that would be great...



#777 HistoryFan

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:20

I bet we will see Van der Garde race a few races at Sauber this season.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:21

Ouch! Not even DTM? Any drives left there now?

 

 

All seats in DTM are filled I believe. 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:26

Some more changes and confirmations in type designation — I was pretty close with my Mercedes engine type guess — team principals, et cetera.

 
Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing RB10 – Renault Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6T (engine deal until '16)
Team Principal: Christian Horner ; Technical Director: Adrian Newey
1. Sebastian Vettel (on a long-term deal through '15)
3. Daniel Ricciardo (confirmed)

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (HWA might get involved in ownership through Toto Wolff)
Mercedes F1 W05 – Mercedes PU106A 1.6 V6T
CEO : Toto Wolff ; Technical Director: Bob Bell
6. Nico Rosberg (on a multi-year deal beyond '13)
44. Lewis Hamilton (signed for '13-'15)
 
Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari F14 T – Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali ; Technical Director: Pat Fry (engineering), James Allison (chassis)
14. Fernando Alonso (contracted through '16)
7. Kimi Räikkönen (1- or 2-year deal with option for another)
 
Lotus F1 Team
Lotus E22 – Renault Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Gerard López ; Technical Director: Nick Chester
8. Romain Grosjean (confirmed)
13. Pastor Maldonado (confirmed)
 
Gilette McLaren Mercedes
McLaren MP4-29 – Mercedes PU106A 1.6 V6T (last year of Mercedes partnership; Honda from '15 onwards)
Team Principal: Martin Whitmarsh/Eric Boullier; Technical Director: Tim Goss

22. Jenson Button (contracted through '13 with option for '14)
20. Kevin Magnussen (confirmed; probably on long-term contract)
 
Sahara Force India F1 Team
Force India VJM07 – Mercedes PU106A 1.6 V6T (multi-year deal)
Team Principal: Vijay Mallya ; Technical Director: Andrew Green
27. Nico Hülkenberg (confirmed; on "a multi-year deal")

11. Sergio Pérez (confirmed; on "a multi-year deal")

 

Sauber F1 Team
Sauber C33 – Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Monisha Kaltenborn ; Chief Designer: Eric Gandelin
99. Adrian Sutil (confirmed)

21. Esteban Gutiérrez (confirmed)

 

Scuderia Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso STR9 – Renault  Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Franz Tost ; Technical Director: James Key
25. Jean-Éric Vergne (confirmed)
26. Daniil Kvyat (confirmed)
 
Martini Williams F1 Team (rumoured sponsorship deal)
Williams FW36 – Mercedes PU106A 1.6 V6T (multi-year deal)
Team Principal: Frank Williams ; Chief Technical Officer: Pat Symonds
19. Felipe Massa (on a multi-year contract, according to the team)
77. Valtteri Bottas (on a multi-year contract, according to the team)
 
Marussia F1 Team
Marussia MR03 – Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: John Booth ; Technical Director: T.B.A.
17. Jules Bianchi (confirmed)
4. Max Chilton (current driver; maybe with long-term deal)

Caterham F1 Team
Caterham CT04 – Renault  Energy F1-2014 1.6 V6T
Team Principal: Cyril Abiteboul ; Technical Director: Mark Smith

10. Kamui Kobayashi (confirmed)

9. Marcus Ericsson (confirmed)



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#780 charly0418

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:38

Where he posted that? :confused:

 

few days ago he posted this:

'Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to getting back racing this year. Going to work harder than ever at being my best for 2014'

 

so, it seems that he will race somewhere, maybe F3.5? that would be great...

 

he deleted the tweet



#781 GhostR

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 13:13

Some more changes and confirmations in type designation — I was pretty close with my Mercedes engine type guess — team principals, et cetera.

 
Gillette? Sony? McLaren Cars? McLaren Mercedes
McLaren MP4-29 – Mercedes PU106A 1.6 V6T (last year of Mercedes partnership; Honda from '15 onwards)
Team Principal: Martin Whitmarsh/Eric Boullier; Technical Director: Tim Goss

22. Jenson Button (contracted through '13 with option for '14)
20. Kevin Magnussen (confirmed; probably on long-term contract)

 

Because Gillette seems to have gone quiet, whereas the Sony angle keeps coming up (although if it is Sony it sounds like they're a possible for Lotus as well).



#782 midgrid

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 18:10

Charles Pic has signed as Lotus's test and reserve driver.  An expected move, really, and it could pay off if the current unrest in Venezuela escalates.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 22:07

So we have as test / development drivers:

 

RED BULL:

Antonio Felix Da Costa  (Por)  3rd driver

Sébastien Buemi  (Ch)

 

MERCEDES:

Sam Bird  (UK) ??

Anthony Davidson  (UK) ??

Brendon Hartley  (N-ZL) ??

 

FERRARI:

Pedro de la Rosa  (Esp)  3rd driver

Davide Riggon  (Ita)

Marc Gene  (Esp)

 

(Academy:)

Jules Bianchi  (Fra)

Raffaele Marciello  (Ita)

Antonio Fuocco  (Ita)

Lance Stroll  (Can)

 

LOTUS:

Charles Pic  (Fra)   3rd driver

Marco Sörensen  (Den)

Nicolas Prost  (Fra) ?

 

(Development drivers):

Esteban Ocon  (Fra)

Marlon Stockinger  (Phil)

Mathieu Vaxivière  (Fra)

Oscar Tunjo  (Col)

Alex Fontana  (Ch)

Alexander Albon  (Thai)

Dorian Boccolacci  (Fra)

 

McLAREN

Stoffel Vandoorne  (Bel)  3rd driver

Gary Paffett  (UK)

Oliver Turvey  (UK)

 

(Young Driver Program)

Nyck de Vries  (Ned)

Ben Barnicoat  (UK)

 

FORCE INDIA

Daniel Juncadella  (Esp)  3rd driver

Facu Regalia  (Arg)

James Calado  (UK) ??

James Rossiter  (UK) ??

Conor Daly  (US) ??

 

SAUBER

Giedo van der Garde  (Ned)  3rd driver

Simona de Silvestro  (Ch)

Sergey Sirotkin  (Rus)

Kimiya Sato  (Jap)  ???

 

TORO ROSSO

Antonio Felix Da Costa  (Por)  3rd driver

 

(Red Bull / Toro Rosso driver development program:)

Carlos Sainz Jr  (Esp)

Pierre Gasly  (Fra)

Alex Lynn  (UK)

Jann Mardenborough  (UK)

 

WILLIAMS

Felipe Nasr  (Bra)  ???

Susie Wolff  (UK)

 

MARUSSIA

Tio Ellinas  (Cyp) ??

 

CATERHAM

Robin Frijns  (Ned)  3rd driver

 

(Academy:)

Alexander Rossi  (USA)

Will Stevens  (UK)

Matt Parry  (UK)

Seb Morris  (UK)

Weiron Tan  (Mal)

Daim Hishammudin  (Indo)



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 22:27

ISN'T THIS OVER WITH OMG