F1 » van der Garde poised to reveal future

An optimistic tweet from Giedo van der Garde has raised speculation that he could be confirmed as Caterham's second driver before the weekend.

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Boo - Unregistered

February 01, 2013 2:52 PM

Though I for one think it's a shame that Kobayashi, Glock et al are no longer in F1, to come down so hard on the new upstarts is a bit harsh.

Each of those poised to step up or stepping up were top six overall in 2012 (and Bianchi runner-up in WSR), so it's not like they're buying their way in without some pedigree to back it up, which immediately separates them from the pay drivers of the past you're lumping them in with.

Kobayashi flopped hard in both F3 and GP2 before he landed in F1, Alguersuari had only gone as far as FR3.5, Petrov took a couple of years to get up to speed, Maldonado was in GP2 for ages before stepping up and now he is a race winner...

F1 can't be made up of the same drivers every year, so if going top six in the very competitive GP2 Series isn't reason enough for them to step up, then where will they come from?

I for one am pleased some teams are taking a punt on some new blood and while I don't think the right drivers are necessarily exiting F1, we can at

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