F1 » ‘Unpaid’ Valsecchi eyes US after F1 frustration

Davide Valsecchi is prepared to look elsewhere to fulfil his racing desires in 2014, having acknowledged that he cannot compete with others' F1 budgets.

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January 15, 2014 2:28 PM

When a contender like Lotus fails, I see the writing on the wall for the entire sport. RBR can sell more drinks. Merc and Ferrari, more road cars (just jack up the price).
But what is Mac's assets? a handful of super cars a year? There is a limited amount of sponsors willing to pay so that they can hang out with the F1 jet set.
Bernie should reach into his petty cash box and bail out Lotus,

And as for the FIA austerity measures? A band aid on a leaking artery that doesn't seem to be working.

Can anyone see a legitimate solution?


January 15, 2014 3:13 PM

Trollmoy, Hardly a good comparison considering Valsecchi hasn't had a chance to drive. Are you suggesting he should tell Boullier to swivel and just steal the car?

I'm sure you hero did threaten to quit when he was caught lying about events in order to gain an undeserved podium.

Oh and it's "when YOU'RE a young" not your

and its "TAKEN seriously" not taking.

I really hope the civil service never need you to write anything, they'd have more success with a trained chimp.

Mark _

January 15, 2014 3:14 PM

tomoy: you F1 youngsters need to read about the Mclaren 2007 season in how a young driver took control of his own destiny and when the management tried to pull him back they were told to swivel. You did not hear that youngster crying and talking about going to Indy.

I wouldn't call Pedro de la Rosa "young".


January 15, 2014 3:30 PM

I really feel for the guy, we all saw him there standing in the paddock throughout the 2013 season waiting for his chance and all the time he was being paid minimum wage. It just don't seem right that a new and young driver can be treated like that when we have seen in the past where 22 year old's getting paid 60 million over 5 years.


January 15, 2014 3:49 PM
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Davide was amazing in GP2 and it's extremely pathetic how Lotus can just act like everything's okay when this is happening. They don't pay a driver who put gave Lotus two wins and mistreat their reserve driver by paying him as much as a bus driver, not to mention looking him over for Kovalainen. No disrespect to Heikki, but a reserve driver's job is to take up the main drive when something happens to the normal driver.

Mark _

January 15, 2014 4:55 PM

sprulz: a reserve driver's job is to take up the main drive when something happens to the normal driver.

That may be the case if a driver falls ill on the week of the race but as we have seen many times if the team has more time to make a decision they often go with a driver with experience.

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