F1 » Alesi cites sponsor power as Senna, Petrov hunt for work

While Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov try to secure their F1 futures, veteran Jean Alesi understands Lotus Renault's position in replacing them.

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berknee - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:45 PM

bit of a mess really. just shuffling people for the sake of it although maybe they couldnt keep petrov or senna cos it would have made the iceman look average on his big time return to the midpack.

Neil - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 12:53 PM

I can see Trulli being politely asked to step aside next year for either Senna or Ricciardo, as for Petrov, i'll bet Marussia are under some pressure to find him a seat.

In reality though, these guys need to turn their back on F1 and go sportscar racing. F1 is no longer interested in having the best drivers in the world, just the ones with the most financial backing, every sport has been severely affected by the global economy and F1 has suffered more than most.

Gweed - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 1:36 PM


I agree! It's thanks to guys like senna and petrov and their big bucks, that guys like d'ambrosio, hulkenberg,etc are being pushed to the sideline.
I'm glad they are being sacked!

Mark - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 1:41 PM

"TOTAL is delighted to give a young talented French driver the opportunity to fulfil his dream by becoming an F1 driver with the Lotus Renault GP team"

errrrrm, I thought Grosjean was Swiss?

SouvikB - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 1:53 PM

@Taz, so how do you reckon a driver becomes best in the world? By dropping out of a mother's womb and immediately racking world championships or through a stable environment where he can continue learning.No one is a born F1 racer.They have to practice.Michael put in more hours practicing and testing his car than even the test driver for the team.Button was nobody a few years ago,before he got a chance of his life with Brawn and full credit to him for grabbing the opportunity.Do you think before 2009 anyone would have considered Button as one of the best in the world?But today people can't stop singing his praises.He got to that level because he had a stable environment to work and learn.For what opportunity Bruno was given I think he did admirably.And don't tell me he was decimated by Klein because even Ayrton didn't qualify for one race at the beginning of his career and his teammate did.That didn't stop him from becoming the best in the world now did it?

wannagohome - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 2:13 PM

SouvikB - inevitably some drivers are naturally more talented than others, though I agree with what you say. As F1 is so selective (ie to even enter the motorsport ladder one must be from a wealthy background), I feel it would be more accurate to describe the current "best" 24 drivers in the world as the best-24 of the few who had the opportunities presented to them.

SouvikB - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 2:34 PM

@wannagohome absolutely agree with your comment.I think if I remember correctly, Sutil had said sometime back that the drivers in F1 are not the best in the world.They are just the best few having got the opportunity to race in F1.That best driver might be somewhere in Africa and he might not even know about it.

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