F1 » Kobayashi next in line for Pirelli role?

Sauber refugee Kamui Kobayashi could this week be named as Pirelli's latest test and development driver.

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kperez - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 11:18 AM

Well, I suppose testing 2014 tires is better than sitting out...F1 has the stated image of the "pinnacle of motorsport" yet this is far from the truth...rather each team does not have sufficient funds to develop their cars and support the best performing driver...as a result, only those drivers with $$, and lots of it, get to drive...so little rich kids like Sutil get a seat but better drivers w/o financial backing, like Kobay do not. Is this,then the pinnacle of motorsport? I think not!


January 23, 2013 11:40 AM
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@kperez , only god knows how many talented drivers are out there which we will never see because of lack of funds. Its unrealistic to expect everything to be totally fair, but a lot more could be done. Hamilton was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

haha - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 11:40 AM

Unfortunately they don't use the most updated cars to test, but I'd find it pretty darn funny if they could give Koby his C31 and he tested times faster than half the current F1 grid...

Dan - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 11:49 AM

Well at least he would still be involved with F1, although he deserves to be more than a tester. But it could hopefully put him back on the grid in 2014? He'd have knowledge on the new tyres. Having said that, it doesn't look like that knowledge has helped Alguersuari back to the grid

Justin - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 11:56 AM

Have any of the Pirelli test drivers made a return to the grid? From memory, no. Hopefully KK can be the one to do it.
What can be done to swing the balance back in favour of talent over funding?
Back in the day when drivers were hired for talent the spending by the teams was horrendous. There has to be a balance. How do we find it?
Bernie has shown time and time again that the fans have no opinion. It's all about the cash...

BMFBW - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 12:49 PM

STOP PRICING PEOPLE (Drivers+teams!) OUT OF F1!!!!!!!!
(1 or 2 pay drivers is acceptable. 2 thirds of the grid pay drivers is not!)

hatta - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 1:05 PM

In 2001, Sauber finished 4th in the constructors championship (their best ever). Why? because they hired the talented drivers (Heidfeld&Kimi) not the pay drivers!

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