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.”