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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February 10, 2011 1:46 AM

@Richard, Jimmys point is why even bother hiring someone who is less likely to bring points to the table if your not going to use them. Senna is the "reserve driver" that is his official job is to drive the car when the official driver cant. so why even bother hiring someone like senna instead of someone who you would ACTUALLY put in the car. length of time shouldnt matter. if your not going to use your reserve drivers then dont hire them. makes zero sense. not that im hoping senna gets the drive cause i really dont care but on top of the whole Lotus issue this situation proves what a bunch of monkeys Lotus Renault Lada is. also having relations with Mclaren and the aircraft manufacturer boeing. i guess you could say Lotus Renault Lada Mclaren Boeing.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 2:02 AM

Daytona, you hire a reserve driver so that if one of your two lead drivers eats a dodgy curry on the Thursday night before the race and comes down with dysentery, you have someone on standby who you can put in the car. Otherwise you are phoning round the planet trying to find a reasonable driver who isn't already committed to racing in a sports car event or something that weekend.

As far as I can recall, the last time a team used its reserve driver was after Kubica's accident in Montreal when it was decided on the eve of the next race that it would be better if RK sat it out. The reserve driver was Vettel who came in just for that race and impressed everyone.

kiwibob - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 3:16 AM

richard If they are serious about winning races they have to find the money to make kimi an offer he can,t refuse end of story NH is ok but thats all

Alan hope you and family all ok over there with all the crap going on in oz just lately Cheers Bob

Dean Dean

February 10, 2011 3:30 AM
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Surely Ricardo Patrese is worth a look at with regard to team numbers he's raced with ??
Maybe six teams I think, extremely long stints with Williams, Brabham, Alfa Romeo and Arrows put paid to greater numbers...

Gautier - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 4:04 AM

Forget about reserve drivers or wanabes. Renault should give WDC Kimi the nod. KERS or no KERS or whether FI cars are shod with Pirellis, he will drive the wheels off the new Renault R31. Kimi will produce results and at the end of the day podiums is what Renault is after.

Heidfeld = Kubica? - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 4:26 AM

Does anybody remember that Kubica had real chance to become world champion when BMW decided to pull the plug? Why did they do it? Anybody? Just give me sensible answers please, Im not in media business!
They wanted to ""concentrate"" on next year model car. Can you find another team in whole F1 history to do just that? There was no logic in it. Be in sport of racing and when you are close to getting the top you quit. They did supply a lot of help though to ""Quick Nick"" to deal with his tires warm up problem - remember? All this statistics are garbage worth cause the whole thing in BMW team was handled in German to German help way. That is how they managed to put = between RK and NH , but cause everybody of sober mind in F1 knows it NH could not find a race seat anymore. He is sooooo average!
There is lies , damned lies and statistics

chrian - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 5:56 AM

I would have liked to see Senna in this car, but for many reasons that will probably not happen. I just have no interest in watching NH again. He is a very good driver, but I think we have seen what there is already.


February 10, 2011 6:07 AM

Does anybody remember RK had a chance to become a WDC? I do.
In 2008 RK won his first and only GP in Canada thanks to LULU eliminating KR'S FERRARI at the lights, RK passed heidfeld's BMW Sauber by running one refuelling stop, RK later said that he should thank LULU for electing to crash into KR'S FERRARI instead of his BMW Sauber, this just one win gave RK the lead in the WDC and with it he remained in contention to the end of the season, this reminds me that it was one of the point why BE came out with the medal system.

Marius - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 7:15 AM

Bruno Senna is an Ayrton Senna wannabe. He has very little talent. In 2010, he has had 9 DNF's and scored nil points. Kamui Kobayashi has had 8 DNF's but he has scored 32 points! At least there is some talent there. Bruno should stop wasting everyone's time, including his own. Go Nick Heidfeld! He is sure to get some points for Lotus Renault.

svirmiho - Unregistered

February 10, 2011 7:16 AM

Heidfeld is certainly the best choice for Renault..he's almost as quick as Robert, very reliable and capable of finishing on podiums...do we still remeber his overtaking maneuvers in 2008 when he passed two cars at one go several times?

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