F1 » Valsecchi: I would sign right now

New GP2 Series champion Davide Valsecchi is determined to put Italy back on the F1 map.

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Dave - Unregistered

September 27, 2012 2:59 PM

"Luca Filippi being passed over in favour of drivers with more money and less talent"

Exactly. I like people who speak the truth. Filippi, Pantano and others have really been let down, in my opinion.

soaum - Unregistered

September 27, 2012 3:23 PM

we need a 13th team in f1. if a new entry does come along they should hire Felipe Massa and Luca Filippi with Felipe Nasr as 3rd driver. That would give the commentators a headache!

Sam - Unregistered

September 27, 2012 7:09 PM

"Luca Filippi being passed over in favour of drivers with more money and less talent"

Well said, Bruno Senna? Narain Karthikeyan lol, De la Rosa??

He I believe deserves it more than above mentioned overrated drivers.


September 27, 2012 7:53 PM

You know, it's always been this way. Read the history of any top racing series, and of many of the guys, even Niki Lauda. No money, no ride. Only super undeniable, incomparable talent could possibly get you a ride without money. (Senna comes to mind. How did he get his test with Williams and others back in '84, '85?? -- but he brought some sponsorship too, and had an outstanding record in minor series.) It's connections, connections, connections, too. So you've got to be great already, plus smart and have a good plan and good people promoting you. Talent, unfortunately, has never been enough all on its own.

jose - Unregistered

September 27, 2012 8:02 PM

Dude tell it like it is..cash man where is the cash. we only accept
Gold or a few sweet Oil Wells..Hot foot you may be. Ask Petrov
he will tell you how the game is played.

badman, Jose

Nanbawan - Unregistered

September 27, 2012 10:50 PM

If only DAMS could afford to enter F1...In the 90's a team like them would have had an opportunity to go up the ladder but nowadays that's just too hard...

JJJ - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 12:44 AM

Well what Filippi did last year at the end and this year more or less again was very good, but you guys seem to forget is last year was his 5th year in GP2 as well...

So it's pretty much the same situation as Valsecchi. Maybe however, people in F1 need to stop being so hung up on the length of time a driver takes to be champion in GP2 but instead focus on if he gets there (and of course also pace over one lap needs to be there). For a team like Sauber for instance: who cares if a driver is 28 y/o when he gets there. Realistically the driver will be there maybe 3/4 years max anyway and then either move on to better or lesser teams. It's not like they are going to drive for Sauber for 10 years, so whether the driver is 28 to 32 over that period or 21-25 when he drives for them...who cares.

Ok you could argie transfer value but that's rare in F1. Kimi is the only real example for that.

Youth is overrated in sports. Just because you're quite good very soon doesn't mean you'll only get e

JJJ - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 12:50 AM

...ven better. Look at Hamilton. He's a top driver today still but is he now any better than he was when he started out? I think not. In fact as far as I can tell he hasn't progressed at all as a driver. Last year he actually seemed to have gone back a few steps with all the rookie crashes. It's quite possible that some of these guys who have been in GP2 for a few years however actually do get to a better level. Look at Razia this year. Previously an also-ran, now he fights for the championship in what is not considered to be near the best team.

I'd like to see one of these guys get a shot and see what happens. If they suck then we know enough.

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