F1 » POLL: Who should get second Force India seat?

Paul di Resta unveiled the new Force India VJM06 alone, but there are plenty of names in the frame to partner him in 2013....

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jim crint - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 6:27 AM

Heikki for me. He struggled a little at McLaren on set-up but it would be good to see him in a quick car again, he's a talented driver. Kobayashi had his chance and blew it, basically! Fast, exciting, brave...but unable to engage brain!

F1 needs to be careful. The teams need to get together and take on Mr Ecclestone who, for 30 years now, has milked this sport for all it's worth. How one individual become a multi-billionaire on the back of an entire sport, is beyond me? Their should be more money for the teams, ending this whole pay driver nonsense (although I appreciate it will always exist to a point). If the sport wants to do well in America there needs to be more than one driver from the US high up the grid. Who that might be...?


February 15, 2013 7:44 AM

jjj. i never even suggested that you were racist. but i did say that i was NOT. i care not a jot where a driver comes from, as it is their ability that matters. i responded to you as you mentioned bianchi was "alwas" crashing into dutch drivers, and then gave three incidents over three years. to me you were branding him as having something against dutch drivers, something which i found ridiculous. you may have done it as a joke, but that is not how it came over.

and then you went on to suggest that i was an armchair critic. so i pinted out that you did not know me, even though some info on me is in old posts of mine!

mark, thanks, but i wasnt having a bad day, i just dislike posts that try to bring nationalities into debate.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 9:49 AM

If I was running this team I'd consider two things. Who's got the biggest pot of gold to bring to the team? And will that diver get inside 107%? If the answers yes to the second, take him on. if not, move onto the guy with the next biggest pot of gold. Most of you are so out of touch with business economics you should be team owners.
Oh, I'm guessing the answer on the above basis would probably be Senna. I'll stand corrected.

tod - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 11:13 AM

Def agree with Craig!
Rubens would be the best choice but no chance as not enough sponsership.
Main reason i now dislike Williams was their letting Rubens go!

Mark _

February 15, 2013 5:59 PM

@richard - no worries. In JJJ's defense your comment did read like you were accusing him of being something that you are not. Plus he didn't say that Bianchi is always crashing into Dutch drivers. He said that those were the crashes that he remembered and that there were many others. While the "armchair" comment appears to be what upset you unlesss someone is currently working in F1 it is accurate. There are some very knowledgable armchair commenters so I wouldn't take that as an insult. At this point Michael Schumacher is an armchair commenter too so we are in good company.

golden oldie - Unregistered

February 16, 2013 9:32 AM

With all that bad financial rumours, I can't see why we are doing all these postings!
I just hope that with a bit of luck Nairan's financial backers take over the whole Force India outfit and that they will go for the best available driver next to Nairan, thus saving 2 cars on the grid!

sokudo - Unregistered

February 16, 2013 4:50 PM

If it were based on driver merit, Kovalainen easily. He showed his improvement in the Caterham, being the only driver there managing to cause upsets more than once. His qualifying speed was actually pretty awesome during that time and not since 2007 has he had the chance in a middle of the road team. In '08 through '09 he was at McLaren despite not being ready (which we saw) and at Lotus/Caterham he did very well. Kobayashi had flashes of serious speed and potential but he'd disappear for half a season.

If money comes into it, which it likely will, Senna all the way. He seems the only viable pay driver who has enough speed to at least compete with where the car should be. His issue is his qualifying which will continue the longer FI hold out on naming their second driver. They seem to be waiting for something.

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