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Valsecchi targets Lotus reserve role for 2013

GP2 Series champion Davide Valsecchi acknowledges that his chances of landing a race seat for the 2013 F1 season are receding fast.
Davide Valsecchi has not given up hope of earning a berth on the F1 grid next season, but concedes that he is more likely to wind up acting as a back-up instead of actually racing.

The new GP2 Series champion had viewed predecessor Romain Grosjean's seat at Lotus as his best bet for 2013 but, with the Frenchman confirmed as returning following his success in the Race of Champions in Thailand, doors have begun closing on Valsecchi.

With Marussia also completing its line-up with the signing of Max Chilton, only second seats at Force India and Caterham remain to be filled for the new campaign, and both already have a number of suitors chasing the opportunity to partner Paul di Resta and Charles Pic respectively.

As a result, Valsecchi is pinning his graduation hopes on being able to land a reserve role, and still has Lotus, whom he tested with in Abu Dhabi, in his sights, despite the Enstone team having employed – and used – Jerome d'Ambrosio in that situation in 2012.

“I honestly thought I could find the financial support allowing me to find a team for 2013, but the various possibilities have weakened,” he confirmed to Italiaracing.net, “Grosjean deserved [to keep his seat] because he has proven to be very fast, so I think that, at the moment, the only hope is to become their third driver, which would not be bad because Lotus is the fourth best team in the world.”

Valsecchi's main GP2 Series rival, Luiz Razia, is also facing an uncertain 2013, having been passed over for the Marussia seat in favour of Chilton. The Brazilian believes he is still in contention for the seats at Caterham and Force India, but faces competition from the likes of Giedo van der Garde, Vitaly Petrov, Jaime Alguersuari and Adrian Sutil.




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16.11.2012 - Free practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) on track in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his victory in the Monza sprint race. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates winning the 2012 GP2 Series championship after the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore. (World Copyright: Alastair staley/GP2 Media Service)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA) Lotus F1 E20 Test Driver. 08.11.2012. Formula 1 Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver.
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver.
Lotus F1 Team E22 Tecnical detail
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22

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Josh - Unregistered

December 28, 2012 5:02 AM

@David- The Lotus (Enstone) outfits history goes back as far as 1992. In the WCC they've had no less than eight third places, two second places, and three first places. Tell me, what team that isn't already in F1 do you believe could enter and do better?

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 9:00 PM

Mr Valsecchi I desist on your statement. Lotus is not the 4th best team in the world. Lotus is the 4th best team "in F1". There are teams that have the resources and the know-how make it in F1 that are not in F1.



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