F1 » Valsecchi: I’m the alternative to Grosjean

GP2 Series champion Davide Valsecchi continues to chase the spare seat at Lotus for 2013.

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Chris - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 12:55 PM

Not to take any of his past achievements away from him but I think he's jumping ahead of himself here. Topping the young driver test can't warrant a race seat for Lotus so surely a year as third driver, taking part in some practice sessions is the way to go perhaps?

LJ - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 1:38 PM

Koba is the best fit for Lotus right now, if they stay with Grosjean and he proves to be just as accident prone, he should seek a career elsewhere.

Amigo - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 4:21 PM

Lotus needs supporting driver for Kimi and get score regularly for team as second driver. That driver must be fast and consistent on any weather condition on any track also able to win the race.
Kamui Kobayashi will be most qualified driver if Lotus chooses their driver for 2013 with above category.
My first choice will be Kamui Kobayashi if Lotus going to drop Grosjean. Kobayashi is better than Grosjean but Grosjean deserves to retain his seat for second year.
I believe Kimi and Kamui driver team can give Team Construction Championship Crown to Lotus even if Kimi missed out Driver Championship in 2013.
Kamui Kobayashi is team player. He has done his job very well at Sauber.
Lotus can't be going wrong with Kamui Kobayashi for 2013 if Lotus has to drop Grosjean in any way.

sodesu - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 4:38 PM

Don't think he'll get it either but would like to see him in F1 actually. He's a pretty safe hand and I think he could do well, especially as one of his major advantages in GP2 has been tyre management, which is just about the most important thing in F1 today. A season as third driver/tester might be the way to go though.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 6:20 PM

IIRC Valsecchi has done some previous F1 testing and was always pretty quick. That said, I don't think he'll get the drive either, cause it'd be a case of swapping one GP2 champion who has experience of running in F1 for the team for another GP2 champion who hasn't. They don't know if he'd be any faster/better so why take the chance. A 3rd driver position might be an option as D'Ambrosio has already said he might be looking for oppertunities outside of F1 next year. Then he'll be there when Grosjean messes up.

Personally I think the only two viable options are Koba and Algy though. Koba cause he's still an exciting proven fast talent (best proven F1 driver available) and Algy cause he's a solid safe pair of hands to get some points next to Kimi and they supposedly offered him a drive last year already.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 6:28 PM

Really I think they'll stick with Grosjean though. The first half of his season was very good for a demi-rookie and while he made some silly mistakes in the 2nd half, part of that is also mediahype and him being made out as the poster child of the 'reckless GP2 types in F1' that he in reality might deserve some but definitely not all of the 'credit' for. If the team take a realistic look at his performance he should get the nod for another year IMO, in fact I'm kinda surprised that he hasn't already. Probably some politics going on that they're trying to get extra money from Total or something like that, or holding out for someone who's willing to put a Maldonado like bag of chips on the table.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 6:34 PM


Lol...Well that's not the intention though. I rate Algy quite highly in fact, that is as a perfect 2nd driver for a good team. He doesn't have the blistering one lap qualifying pace, but he used to get more points than Buemi in the end at STR.

He could be the new Patrese.

My choice for Lotus would be 1) Kimi-Kamui 2) Kimi-Algy 3) Kimi-Grosjean.

Like said above I think it'll be the latter.

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