F1 » Alonso: If Alguersuari is in F1, it's because he deserves to be


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Dizzy - Unregistered

July 23, 2009 12:36 PM

"Alonso: If Alguersuari is in F1, it's because he deserves to be"

Alonso meant to say, "If he can afford to be in F1 he deserves to be"........$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ are King, congrats to Repsol for supporting your countrymen and to Red Bull for holding their hands out, but beware Red Bull when you kick him out your trucks will be stoned in Spain.

Bring back Friday testing,

andrewm

July 23, 2009 12:38 PM

Oh ye Gods!!! I'm having to agree with something Alfonso has said.

There are many F1 drivers who didn't compete in GP2 (or F3000 as it used to be in the good old days). Kimi Raikonen, Jenson Button, Michael Schuacher are the three that spring to mind immediately.

Strange that all the drivers who come into F1 through GP2/F3000 have been largely unsuccesful with only a small handful of exceptions. True that and strange that...

alex - Unregistered

July 23, 2009 1:10 PM

Alguersuari is in F1 only because Repsol paid for the drive, a Spanish company buying a seat for a Spanish driver he would not otherwise have got on merit.

Does this mean the Ferrari rumours are in fact, true ? Santander, a Spanish bank, paying 40 Million to sweeten an otherwise unlikely deal ? Sounds like another case of a Spanish company buying a seat for a Spanish driver he would not otherwise have got on merit.

sunny103

July 23, 2009 4:28 PM

The two million Euros advanced to STR was by Repsol and La Caixa which is a big saving bank,It will guaranty Alguersuari the race seat for at least the Hangarian and European Grand Prix's but if Toro Rosso decides to oust him after Valencia the team will be able to keep the funds

306xt

July 23, 2009 5:12 PM

What are you talking about andrewm? Hamilton, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Glock and Buemi all came up from GP2... I think what you're meant to say is that GP2 is still the best way to progress up to F1.

I know drivers like Piquet Jr and Nakajima aren't crash hot, but then again we all know they're in F1 because of their connection/$$$$

andrewm

July 23, 2009 5:56 PM

306xt - if you read the comment, you'll see that I said that not a lot of successful drivers have come through GP2/F3000. With the exception of Hamilton, all the other drivers which have come from GP2 and F3000 have only had mediocre success. Look it up on Wikipedia and look the the list of F3000 champs and you'll see what I mean. GP2 is not that important as a feeder series, in fact F3 seems to produce more F1 champs.

binza - Unregistered

July 23, 2009 7:16 PM

Is it me or has the worldwide recession missed Spain cos there never seems to be a shortage of companies from there willing to cough-up lots of dosh for anybody who is Spanish & this is regardless of what sport it is, motor racing,motorcycle racing,cycling etc etc?

306xt

July 23, 2009 7:31 PM

Point taken andrewm, but I think it's also a reflection on how naturally talented/ gifted drivers like kimi, Vettel and JB, that enabled them to skip gp2, GT or formula Renault and go straight to F1.

There's also an element of 'right place at the right time - Sebi with Kubica's crash.

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