F1 » De la Rosa set to miss out on Campos drive?

Pedro de la Rosa looks set to miss out on possible F1 return with funding likely to rule him out of Campos Meta seat

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Peter - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 3:40 PM

de la Rosa has had his chance to prove himself in F1 anyway. Get one of the GP2 boys in the seat, even if they are effectivly buying the drive.


November 11, 2009 3:51 PM

I'm guessing they are referring to Pastor Maldonado as the Venezuelan option ?

Anyway I really hope Maldonado does join I've been a big fan of his for a few years now. He may not be the most consistent driver but he always makes the effort (even if he crashes out as a result) and he's provided some great entertainment and some brilliant wins in GP2 so he deserves a seat. :D

miniman - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 4:27 PM

This whole thing makes me very sad. Once upon a time we believed that the F1 drivers were the BEST in the world. Now we know that unless you come with money/sponsors, despite what Bruno (NOT Senna) says, you have to have money to get a seat. talking to people not in the know, they don't realise that there are better drivers than Alguesauri, Kobayashi, etc etc.

alex - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 5:29 PM

Peter is right, de la rosa has had his chance to race and failed, miserably... whatever his test skills are.

Even if we get pay drivers, they are decent, you never really know how a driver will fare in F1, plenty of stars have arrived and looked stupid, while a few of the jokers in the pack have siezed their chance to shine.

T.Halligan - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 6:22 PM

Looks like Adam Carroll will be overlooked too, reminds me of the highly talented Tommy Byrne, the greatest natural driver of his generation who only got to drive an F1 dog for a few races because he was not well connected.

JoeBroon - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 10:15 PM

Oh really, what is the point in these new teams? The fact that Campos Meta can't pick who they want but have to go for a pay driver in both cars (Senna may be promising, but he brings substantial sponsorship) shows that they haven't really got the funds to be in F1.

Couple that with the doubts about USF1, the lack of any visible activity from Manor and the global recession, and I really do wonder if any of these new teams will (i) appear or (ii) last the season.

Its ironic that the big manufaturers blocked a sensible budget cap which wd have given new teams a fighting chance, and now most of them (BMW, Toyota, maybe Renault) seem set to walk away anyway.....thanks a lot, guys

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