F1 » d’Ambrosio, van der Garde working in stealth mode

The race for the two remaining F1 race seats for 2012 remains as crowded as ever, with as many as eight drivers still being considered as contenders.

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January 11, 2012 9:29 AM

Two comments: firstly, isn't it rather sad to see the teams in these protracted haggles, obviously confirming the huge importance of money over talent... and secondly the naivety of Sutil and Liuzzi, despite their experience, in making their preferences too public.

stevyweavy - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 12:56 PM

Just get on with it. Have an open auction and let the various parties bid against one another the highest bidders gets the seats. That is what seems to be happening behind closed doors anyway - or is transparency to novel an approach? When the decisions are made they are not going to be able to say they made their decision based on talent - unless they want to be laughed at by everybody.

Dyke - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 3:46 PM

Williams should sign Sutil as he's the best of the bunch. Sadly I think they will either stick with Ruby, or get someone with money e.g Petrov.
HRT it doesn't really matter as they will still be slow, Petrov is a big possibility, maybe d'Ambrosio.


January 11, 2012 6:07 PM

off topic. the lotus ride height system has been declared legal. but nobody knows if this is another blind alley like the fee. but one leading team has also submitted their design for same. the end of flexi front wings??

Josh - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 7:09 PM

Not usually happy to see off topic comments, but thanks for the tip-off RE that story, Richard. Sounds like it'll be an interesting development race in the first half of the season. I wonder if the three big teams can get their system working perfectly before the first race?

Josh - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 7:11 PM

Now on topic: I'd really love to see D'Ambrosio racing at Williams this year. I think he did a stellar job at Virgin in 2011, having been ahead of Glock in the standings for almost the entire year. The difficult thing about being in one of the current rear-end teams is that even if your performance is great, they don't seem to serve as a very good stepping stone into bigger teams. It's either be retained, or be rejected.


January 11, 2012 7:22 PM

josh. the reason i went off-topic is due to crash being notoriously late with news stories! no doubt this will appear tomorrow or friday. it is an important development, and there is no other way to bring it to the fans attention.

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