F1 » Overlooked Wickens takes Mercedes DTM chance


Sometime Marussia test driver Robert Wickens has swapped single-seaters for tin-tops after joining Mercedes' new 'Junior Team'.

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Buck - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 1:46 PM


This guy is really good, has excelled at every level and is reconized as an excellent young driver.

Charles PIC got the ride??? Another under acheiver pay driver, kind of sad really.

Guess you need family MONEY or connections to get a F1 drive these days. Talent is not that important it seems. :(

Oh well... GO GET 'EM ROBERT................
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JJJ - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 3:50 PM

This guy should have done GP2. He probably didn't cause of lack of money, but still. Second in F2, second in GP3 and winning WSBR are good results without question, but not enough to prove beyond doubt that he's F1 material. It was the first year of F2 and GP3 and as far as WSBR goes, some other winners include Alx Danielson, Alvaro Parente, Giedo van der Garde, Bertrand Baguette and Mikhail Aleshin. All drivers who have since failed to make it to a raceseat in F1. vd Garde and Parente did at least win some races in GP2, but failed to make a real impact on the championship. WSBR has some good years and bad years and only Kubica really made an impression on F1 after winning it.

This is a good move for Wickens and if he really has what it takes Mercedes will give him a few years to prove it to them.

sodesu

April 02, 2012 5:57 PM

I agree, he really should be in GP2. Very disappointing that none of the teams there have picked him up I must say. Danielsson is probably the textbook example of an overlooked driver though, he is now racing in STCC which is almost criminal considering how brilliant he was in WSBR - comfortably beating guys like Parente, Valsecchi and Pastor Maldonado. He won the title, ran out of cash and had nowhere to go.

David Chaste - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 3:31 AM

His mustache is struggling to fully grow. He really should shave it. He will be more attractive and maybe a bit more marketable.

He should have a marketing team to tell him those things. The corporate standard for facial hair is being clean cut. When he is established he could adopt whatever style he wants.

He should convince Dietrich to sponsor him in Indycar. Indy has a big following in Canada.

Canuck - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 5:03 PM

The moustache was in support of Movember (prostate cancer research), it was gone Dec 1st... Bad moustaches are really the whole point of Movember...

Go Robert!

Droog - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 6:40 PM

DTM is the smart move for him. An Indycar drive would not be a stepping stone to the real thing, F1.
Who said that Indycar was big in Canada? I live here and never see it on the telly. Sure we have two races, but the one that I'm familiar with, in Toronto, is on one of the worst tracks that was ever barfed up by a promoter.. total crap.
The problem over here with Indycar is that most Nascar Meshheads can't tell the difference between an Indycar and a Formula 1 car, so they think that F1 is nothing special. That's the huge hurdle that Bernie and Co. have to overcome, and I don't see any evidence of that happening in the run up to the USGP this year.
They need engineering type documentary TV shows focusing on F1 to boost interest and promote understanding of the technology IMHO.

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