F1 » Sato set for return, Nakajima stay of execution in F1 2010?


Kamui Kobayashi could yet be joined on the F1 2010 grid by countrymen Takuma Sato and Kazuki Nakajima should speculation turn out to be true, with the former being linked with the second seat at Renault and the latter with a drive at Campos under new ownership

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JJJ

January 12, 2010 1:07 PM

I think Sato wouldn't be out of place in F1. Also, since I think it's unlikely Heidfeld will join Renault but will sign a deal with Mercedes eyeing a race seat for 2011, of the 5 listed drivers he's the best choice talentwise.

Of the other three, I think only Ho-pin Tung could still be in with a shot if he manages to come up with some serious cash from China. D'ambrosio obviously can be taken off of this list now and I know Bouiller has been very negative about Grosjean's exploits last year so I think he's out, too.

The bigger question will be whether or not Renault will for the first time in years build 2 equal cars or not. Many drivers probably shouldn't even want that seat if not.

richard

January 12, 2010 1:25 PM

koba has shown that potentially, he is the best japanese driver around. to take either of the other two would be rather shortsighted. sato was known for his reckless driving whilst naka just hasnt got the speed. but in the end, i suppose that money will talk!

and wasnt the chinese driver ruled out of the equation for renault, the other day???

Froggy - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 2:43 PM

while Koba is Japan's new hope and rightly so, i still think Sato is a very good driver to have, lets face it, he did wonders in the Super Aguri, while being reckless, Taku has speed, undoubtedly. i think he deserves a place on the grid at least.(assuming Heidfeld is going to Merc, if not then Heidfeld is a no brainer)

im probably the only person that can see something in Nakajima. he didnt do himself any favours by not scoring any points in 2009, but some of that was down to bad luck. he's quick in testing and practice, but he needs to sort himself out when hes underpressure in qualifying and the race, and i think thats all it is

JJJ

January 12, 2010 2:56 PM

The new manager of the team pretty much ruled Tung and D'ambrosio out (both being with Genii of course) as well as Grosjean by saying 'it will be hard for them to get the seat, before we put any of them in the car we must be sure it won't be a debacle like Grosjean'.

I stillthink Tung has a chance if he brings tons of cash though, but other than that I don't expect them to take a rookie (or semi rookie in case of Grosjean). Seeing as though Heidfeld seems not that eager to join them who else is there except Sato who has experience and can take some money with him?

Mind you I also think he's a bit underrated...he pretty much beat Davidson all the time at SA. Not great but ok F1 material.

Cardinal

January 12, 2010 2:58 PM

@ Froggy

'that's all it is'. Just qualifying and the race? Doesn't leave much does it? Cackajima is not good. He's had 2 years of F1 and he got worse, not better. But if this Stefan bunch are going to run another team's cars, they might as well take the deluxe package and get a driver thrown in too. Jeez, privateer teams are great for F1, but not management companies who seem to be taking over.

Genii/Renault should sign Heidfeld, or if not then Sato, as these guys are true racers. I'm worried that Sauber seem set to sign de la Rosa. he was no good the first time around, and doesn't even have much sponsorship. So what the hell do they see in him? It's becoming Grandad F1.

Taz - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 3:41 PM

Speculation:

1. Contemplation or consideration of a subject, meditation.
2. A conclusion, opinion, or theory reached by conjecture.
3. Reasoning based on inconclusive evidence, conjecture or supposition.

I'll pick number 3 for this one :p

Steven Robinson - Unregistered

January 12, 2010 5:36 PM

Takuma Sato doesn't have 'pot loads' of money as has been suggested in these comments previously. If he did he would have bought himself a drive before. As it is he's been on the sidelines since Super Aguri pulled-out.

He was so close to the drive with Toro Rosso last year, but that was dependant on Herr Massechitz paying the bills. He subsequently went for Sea Bass (Seb Bourdais), but later replaced him anyway, so that wasn't such a good choice.

Taku will bring bags of enthusiasm, great speed, experience & passion, as well as a huge following of race fans. I for one certainly hope he gets that drive alongside Kubica.

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