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Scepticism over new F1 teams slowing down 2010 driver market

The traditional summer merry-go-round of driver transfers is not moving as quickly as in previous years ahead of the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship campaign – primarily, it would appear, due to some scepticism about whether or not the four new entries will ultimately even make the starting grid.

USF1, Campos, Manor and now Lotus [see separate story – click here] have all been approved to join the field next season as the grid looks set to swell to 13 teams, if not perhaps even more as the newly-acquired Qadbak-Sauber outfit endeavours to reclaim the place vacated by former owners BMW.

However, two men BMW's withdrawal has left seeking alternative employment – the experienced Nick Heidfeld and test and reserve driver Christian Klien – are unwilling to commit themselves to one of the newcomers just yet...

“I try to follow what they're doing, but obviously there are rumours that they are not doing a lot and maybe don't have enough money or whatever,” Heidfeld told reporters.

“You can't visit a factory because there's nothing there,” concurred Klien, speaking to Austrian news agency APA. “You can't sign anything at the moment because the uncertainty about whether they're going to be there next year is still too large.”



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Al - Unregistered

September 16, 2009 3:06 PM

no movement primarily due to scepticism over new teams... funny, but I would have thought that the fact that both Renault and BMW have futures that are up in the air and Ferrari won't come down with a solid answer on who is driving for them next year, is a lot more of a dampener to the driver market than a bunch of potential seats in new teams, especially for the current drivers. I'd be suprised if any of them would want jump to a new team from an established team.

Dany Brown

September 16, 2009 5:03 PM

I agree with you rob01. I'm in the process of starting a business, but haven't left my normal job. Why is it so? Only possible reason is because the new venture is not sute to ever materialise. But one thing i would like to know: How do you know that he is still working is normal job?



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