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HRT to run Jan Charouz in Friday practice at Interlagos

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Lema - Unregistered

November 24, 2011 6:26 PM

Charouz gets Interlagos practice run

Talent. Zero.

What has F1 come to, Jan Charouz finished 25th in Renault World Series this season and he gets a Friday drive with HRT
This makes a mockery of F1. Shame on Kolles and shame on rich fathers for paying to get their spoilt kids on track.
What a turn off.

Lema - Unregistered

November 24, 2011 9:25 PM

Dave... enough is enough this is supposed to be the pinnacle of motor sport and a driver who could only score 10 points and finish 25th in a whole season of World Series gets a Friday drive, I think they should have to have a superlicense to get the Friday drive. That would exclude talentless rich kids from mixing with serious race drivers.


November 24, 2011 10:01 PM

That's actually a very good idea. What I don't understand is why these wealthy backers choose such poor drivers, haha... I mean there are plenty of more talented drivers than young Charouz who struggle to reach their goals because of lack of funding. As for why HRT are going with this, it's crystal clear. They need the cash more than they need the track time for Liuzzi (I assume Ricciardo is safe as RBR pay for his seat). And development is clearly not an issue at this point. So the race is pretty much a lost cause anyway - they might race the Virgins but that's all there is in it. Better to raise the cash and put in next year's car.

Nick - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 8:47 AM

I think HRT is nothing more than a test team, RBR have Ricciardo testing with them and now LRGP have one of their Academy drivers testing. It seems in Charouz's case you don't need to have won anything to get an F1 drive just be connected. I hope Eric Boulier is not testing Charouz for next season in the LRGP.

lema - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 9:40 AM

I just read that Charouz has been granted a superlicence HOW can that be. I thought you had to have wins and podiums to get one. Charouz came 25th in World Series his only points finish was 8th + 8th & 9th = 10 points and hes granted a superlicence.

This must signal the end of F1 as we know it. Money certainly rules here.


November 25, 2011 10:40 AM

Why would you have to win to get a superlicence? What you need to have is enough experience of driving fast single-seaters to be able to handle racing an F1 car, that is all. There have been drivers coming straight from F3 (Kimi, Alguersuari for example) so in all fairness I can't see why they would deny Charouz one. He has after all driven a faster car in anger than those two, and probably others too, have. Doubt he'll ever get a proper race seat though, it would be too obvious and thereby embarrassing for the team. It may get them some temporary funding but lower their value in the long term, so unless they really are desperate this will only be an opportunistic move to gather some extra bucks. He may get to stick around a while as tester though I suppose.

Lema - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 1:35 PM

@sodesu, I think you are wrong about the qualification for a superlicence not that it makes a difference as you said, The requirements are the driver must be either the reigning champion in a lower category of motor sport, for example Formula 3, Formula 2, or GP2 Series or World Series, or must have consistently finished well in these categories. For example, a driver finishing in the first three positions five times within the last two years in GP2 will be eligible for a Super Licence. The rules seem to be able to be bent if enough $ are involved, Jan Charouz has never got anywhere near these requirements it devalues F1 yet again Money talks

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