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Valsecchi: I’m best alternative to Grosjean

GP2 Series champion Davide Valsecchi continues to chase the spare seat at Lotus for 2013.
Davide Valsecchi might have been a little quiet of late, but insists that he is still chasing an F1 seat for 2013, and could be the driver Lotus turns to if it loses faith in Romain Grosjean.

The new GP2 Series champion tested with the Enstone team and topped the times on the final day of the Abu Dhabi 'young driver' session, but has not been mentioned a great deal in terms of the various vacancies on next year's F1 grid. Despite that, however, the Italian believes that he still has a chance of partnering Kimi Raikkonen in 2013, despite opposition from current incumbent Grosjean, and both Kamui Kobayashi and Heikki Kovalainen, who have been linked to the seat.

“I don't wish anything bad against Grosjean,” Valsecchi told Italy's Autosprint magazine, “but, if he's not there, then I see myself as the favourite [to replace him].”

Faced with the prospect of being only the second GP2 Series champion not to graduate to F1 – following in the footsteps of fellow countryman Giorgio Pantano – Valsecchi admits that it is too early to make any announcements as he continues to work on his options. Force India, Caterham and Marussia all also have openings for 2013, but have been linked, respectively, to Jules Bianchi, Giedo van der Garde and Max Chilton – all drivers Valsecchi has beaten in the last few years.

“It's perhaps too early to talk about it,” the Italian concluded, “but my goal is to get into F1 and then prove that I deserve the chance.”

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25.11.2012- Race, Crash, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) leads Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) and Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International) through the chicane. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium. [World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA) Lotus F1 Test Driver. 08.11.2012. Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Davide Valsecchi (ITA) Lotus F1 E20 Test Driver. 08.11.2012. Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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Amigo - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 4:21 PM

Lotus needs supporting driver for Kimi and get score regularly for team as second driver. That driver must be fast and consistent on any weather condition on any track also able to win the race. Kamui Kobayashi will be most qualified driver if Lotus chooses their driver for 2013 with above category. My first choice will be Kamui Kobayashi if Lotus going to drop Grosjean. Kobayashi is better than Grosjean but Grosjean deserves to retain his seat for second year. I believe Kimi and Kamui driver team can give Team Construction Championship Crown to Lotus even if Kimi missed out Driver Championship in 2013. Kamui Kobayashi is team player. He has done his job very well at Sauber. Lotus can't be going wrong with Kamui Kobayashi for 2013 if Lotus has to drop Grosjean in any way.

Chris - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 12:55 PM

Not to take any of his past achievements away from him but I think he's jumping ahead of himself here. Topping the young driver test can't warrant a race seat for Lotus so surely a year as third driver, taking part in some practice sessions is the way to go perhaps?

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