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Marussia line-up uncertain, Karthikeyan now in the frame


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#51 ewanarm

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:54

I agree that just because Karthakeiyan is a pay driver, people should not underestimate the skill and talent required to handle even a back marker F1 car. Whoever gets the seat will be paying given the financial situation at Marussia.

Someone asked how big TATA is, well Wikipedia states that they are ranked as the 39th most valuable brand in the world and valued at over $100 billion so the answer is BIG!

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#52 Wingcommander

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 13:03

Please lighten up, it's a joke..


I should have used smileys :D

#53 ezequiel

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 13:39

I agree that just because Karthakeiyan is a pay driver, people should not underestimate the skill and talent required to handle even a back marker F1 car.


I would say that it's even harder to drive a backmarker than a front-running car.

#54 Vesuvius

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 13:48

Kovalainen and Bianchi both are in rumours to test Marussia tomorrow, Karthikeyan is not mentioned but I think he too can take the seat.

#55 understeer

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 13:52

I don't see a credible source linking karthikeyan to this seat. I guess it is all speculation that karthikeyan has a check in his hand and will go to any team that has money problems.
If Razia did not pay up, how would karthikeyan be able to pay within 2 days. Securing sponsorship with giant companies like TATA would go through so many levels of executive decisions. Unless talks were on for couple of weeks.

#56 Fondmetal

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 14:25

Narain is not a total cucumber, he had a good few wins in British F3, poles and quite few podiums, same for WSN, which I belive the same for Chilton few wins in BF3 and some in GP2.

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#57 Seanspeed

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 14:47

It does amuse me the amount or rubbish that is spouted by people who haven't raced competitively.

Karthikeyan may not be the elite in F1 terms but the guy is still a very very good racing driver and will possess car control that most people on here could only dream of. Classic case of people underestimating how good ALL of these guys are. Same happens in football all the time.

If this were an amateur competition, I'd be impressed....

#58 ApexMouse

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 14:54

I never suggested they were 'bad' drivers. Anybody who can get up to F1 is a good driver, but not necessarily a good F1 driver. They would both run rings around me in any car on any track.

But they are not on the same talent level as the drivers that haven't had to bring megabucks to get near a seat. I know all drivers require money to progress through the junior ranks, but they backed this up with success. Not one F3 win in 3 years and an average performance in 50% reversed grid races against the weakest field in F3000/GP2 for a long time.
I'm not hating on them, just making a point that has doubtless been worded 50000 times before around here. They shouldnt be there is talent was the primary consideration in this sport, but that isn't how it works. Anyway massively OT so my apologies.

#59 mattferg

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 17:34

Thank god Bianchi got the seat. BYE NARAIN!

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#60 Mandzipop

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 17:53

I think that means it is time to close this thread.