F1 » Franck Montagny linked to 2010 USF1 berth

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Brighton_Corgi - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 12:25 PM

Mr Windsor, sign either JV or Takuma Sato to the primary seat. Both are popular drivers in the States with solid resumes. Montagny is a good driver, but you'll get yawns from the fans you want to capture. No one is going to buy a Montagny hat. Wurz is a good choice too, especially for development, but I thoughht his interest in racing was pretty low?

Martin - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 12:33 PM

Franck would be a gamble as he has only limited F1 racing experience, and limited single-seater time in recent years, but he's a quick guy.

JV would demand a huge salary, BAR moved forward more quickly after he left, and would he really be committed to racing at the back again? Only the potential extra sponsorship make him worth considering.

Sato is just too wild and not calm enough to lead a new team.

The one who seems to have the best mixture of experience, proven development skill and patience is Wurz. As long as the second driver is a promising American driver, his lack of US fame shouldn't be an issue.

jason - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 2:48 PM

Just because they are based in the US doesn't mean they need to go looking for talent that is racing in the US. There are plenty of drivers in the world ten with F1 experience that are better than Franck. Gary Paffet would be an excellent candidate, as would davidson and possibly liuzzi. Justin wilson wasn't good enough in F1, he is better suited to indycar. Montagny is better suited to indycar or sportscars. His F1 days have gone, they need to give some experienced young blood a try


September 02, 2009 2:58 PM

Martin - Agree that Wurz is the best of the lot. The guy has the experience that USF1 needs and could work out if not pressured for on track performance. The first season, at least, will be an extended test session. JV's F1 racing experience is dated and his ability to test and help set up a car is questionable. Banzai would be valuable only if on-track crash testing becomes mandatory. Montagny is a gamble at best and I haven't heard anyone knowledgable tout Montoya's development skills.

Chris Souter - Unregistered

September 02, 2009 5:46 PM

Given the choice of Wurz, JV or Franck i would take Franck every time, JV has been gone to long, Wurz has had several chances and was a let down at Williams. Franck is still quick, be it Sportscars, Indycar, Champcar, whatever. He deserves a proper crack at F1 as well, also i think the public would warm to him, he always comes across as a top bloke.

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