F1 » Jani laments lost F1 chance as money rules him out

Highly-rated former A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Champion Neel Jani sees F1 pass him over again, as Force India elect not to run him in the special young driver test at Jerez early in December in favour of Paul di Resta and J.R. Hildebrand

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November 24, 2009 12:48 PM

I feel sorry for Jani, he's a great driver who deserves a chance in F1. He's been knocking on the door before now, but sponsorship always seems to be an issue. Its a shame. I hope he gets a good drive in sportscars.


November 24, 2009 4:15 PM

I'll agree with you there Cardinal. He is a very down to earth guy as well, very aproachable. It is a case that money talks louder than talent. It would have been very interesting if both himself and Adam Carroll had both been able to get drives, given their great battles last season in A1GP. Fingers crossed that Adam will get a drive, and maybe Neel's luck will change by this time twelve months.


November 24, 2009 4:21 PM

Jani brought enough money to run in CART. And now he laments he can not do the same in F1. I do agree he was a very humble driver and seemed to be well liked among his team when state side. He provided 3 podiums for PKV and Vasser for sure wanted to keep him.

JOHN - Unregistered

November 24, 2009 6:45 PM

Such a nice looking bloke too. Im afraid its the way with F1 though - all about money and those talentless drivers with more money than sense. Even the late Ayrton Senna had that problem when he was starting, that was until his father bailed him out. Whatever, I wish Jani and Adam Carroll all the best with their racing. :blush:


November 24, 2009 7:38 PM


He brought the money from Red Bull then, but obviously they're not going to pay 6-15mn to another team than STR or RBR.

His problem is he's just not fast enough...First Scott Speed got the nod from Red Bull as he was way quicker head to head in a test with a Sauber, then in champcar he did ok but the also backed by Red Bull Robert Doornbos did even better that year (eventhough he sucked this year in IRL).

Now in this simulator test he says he was 1st and 2nd...Well if that guy (I'm guessing Di Resta) who beat him the 2nd time has more money attached, obviously they'll go for him...Now if he outright won 2 times by some margin...but he didn't.

FooAtari .

November 24, 2009 8:36 PM

"His problem is he's just not fast enough..."

Maybe that's true, maybe it isn't. However it's a little naive to believe it's all about talent. Many drivers at the lower end of the grid buy their into a seat in preference over better drivers who have less money.

Martin - Unregistered

November 24, 2009 11:51 PM

Can I have the phone number for Jani's PR people? They're doing a great job of turning all this into a positive. Hamilton, Raikkonen and Rosberg didn't need sponsors to get into F1, while Alonso, Massa, Vettel and Kubica earned their manufacturer backing on talent and results. A1GP's grid wasn't as strong as GP2's, and he did nothing amazing in GP2 or CART. Worse drivers get into F1, but better drivers miss out.

JOSE - Unregistered

November 25, 2009 4:37 PM


Maybe he is not talented to F1 standards...

The only one true test ,, put the driver in the car on a proper F1 track in a race worthy car.

Give the guy a full day to drive and become conformable driving the car. Now Dude show us what you can do...

Forget about the video games, simulators and other electronic nonsense, expensive Bull..

Put the driver in the car and say GO!

But all this can, and some time will be
short circuited by one other major factor,,

The not so new measuring stick to recruit the
new driver. Gold, no real talent needed.

New F1 formula.........

Gold + driver = F1 seat.

Mucho Sponsorship + Gold + Driver = Championship, well not really...


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