F1 » Lotus Renault GP revises Jerez driver line-up

Lotus Renault GP amends its driver line-up for the forthcoming second pre-season F1 2011 group test at Jerez in southern Spain this week - as the search narrows for Robert Kubica's replacement...

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Alan D - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 9:30 PM

Jimmy: "Seriously what the hell is the point in employing and calling Bruno Senna as the official Lotus Renault GP Reserve driver"

The point is that if you have a short term problem and need a driver at very short notice, you've got one you know you can call on. He may not be the best, but he's good enough to fill in for a race or two, and cheap enough to pay him a retainer, even though you hope you'll never need him. But if you now find you need a driver for a year then you re-assess your options.

p1 - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 9:35 PM

I would have given Senna the job personally, his results in previous formulae where he was allowed to score points stack up with Hulkenberg.

I wouldn't put Heidfeld in a seat though, the man is a waste of time, been in F1 near enough 10 years now and is still massively behind total points scored compared with Kubica who has beaten his score and then some in half the time.

If Nick was any good he would have been driving for Renault after losing his seat at Sauber, not Kubica, or he could have gone elsewhere, two years on the trot no one has picked him he doesn't deliver the goods, all he has ever done for the sport is where massive sunglasses, just look at his results, even when racing Kamui last year, Kamui beat him all races bar one.

AlanH - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 9:46 PM

I can see that it's a bit strange to go for someone outside the team when you have two drivers on the books already. Both, however are either unproven (Senna) or damaged goods (Grosjean) and they're replacing a No. 1, not a No. 2. They need someone with experience and Heidfeld fits that bill, just as say Raikkonen or even someone like Montoya would. Putting Senna in at this stage of his career would definitely be the making or breaking of him, probably the latter as Kubica is one of the best drivers currently in F1. I think that for Senna's career development, he needs to work with an established No. 1 for a couple of years. If they wanted to replace Petrov and not Kubica, he'd be a shoe-in, but they need someone who can lead the team. Petrov is not yet capable of doing so, so they need someone like Heidfeld.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 9:51 PM

Some folks are being rather harsh on Heidfeld. For the three and a bit seasons that Kubica and Heidfeld were both at Sauber, we have

Last six races of 2006, NH 10pts, RK 6pts
2007, NH 5th (61pts) RK 6th (39pts)
2008, NH 6th (60pts) RH 4th (75pts)
2009, NH 13th (19pts) RH 14th (17pts)

RK had been a test driver for Renault in 2005 and Sauber in early 2006 and in those days they could test, so it wasn't like Kubica went into the race seat with no experience of the cars. So if you compare results over four seasons, its clear Heidfeld is no slouch.

ian - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 10:23 PM

Talk about bad luck for bruno. Its like the gods dont want him to do well in f1.

Heidfield has had in chance in f1 alot more times that bruno.

Let bruno in let him prove himself

ebaums - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 10:32 PM

indeed, Nick Heidfeld suits this job for that matter, first:he worked with Robert Kubica few years, the 'Quick Nick' nick hasn't come from nowhere and he tested a lot current Pirelli tyres. About Bruno Senna, he's a real question mark, nobody knows his potential couse you can't judge his results onboard Hispania HRT which performed like below ZERO in 2010. I think Lopez/Boullier belive in Senna but with this special situation they want to be carefully couse of the perfect condition of the team and car this year. Senna would be good or just bad while 'worst' Heidfeld can be like average good. so, maybe Nick hasn't developing advantage but can take advantage from what Kubica was capable to create. Quick switch = Quick Nick

Evan - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 10:51 PM

Heidfeld or Senna?
Whos better, whos quick enough?
Guess we'll all find out at Jerez when they both get to test the car back to back.
Sounds like the most sensible way to pick a driver to me and i think Renault are doing the right thing.

Liam - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 11:20 PM

I've read some comments that are unfair to Heidfeld. In the 3 full seasons they competed together Heidfeld scored more points than Kubica. Kubica may have neasrly the same amount of points has Heidfeld now because last year the scoring system went up a lot. So consider that before you make rash judgements. Also he was in line to go to McLaren for 2010 before Button went and the Mercedes before Schumacher came back. I'm a huge Heidfeld fan and i really think he deserves a race win hopefully he can achieve it this year. Good Luck Quick Nick

matty - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 11:25 PM

Nick is experienced,but i reckon he has had his f1 time.Bruno hasnt had a fair go in f1 as HRT are a joke,hopefully he gets the drive he was only margially slower than Button in his 1st f1 test,so the speed is there!

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