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August 20, 2014 8:26 PM

F1 » Lotterer confirmed at Caterham

Ummm what, selective memory much? Bianchi did a very late lunge, they touched and Kobayashi's car was damaged. Very unfortunate for Kobayashi, I think Bianchi deserved those points but if not for the damage it's highly likely that Kobayashi would have been able to get the last point for P10. As it were, instead Ericsson could hang on to P11 mostly due to others retiring, while Kobayashi limped home in P13. Don't know why people come dragging with this BS about him being useless because he's dead last in the standings, when they surely know the reason for this is that one race with tons of DNFs. No one could have missed the fact that he's been comfortably ahead of his team mate for the rest of the season, and usually ahead of Chilton too.


August 19, 2014 3:21 PM
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F1 » Lotterer set to replace Kobayashi at Caterham

His titles make him more a much more successful racer than Kobayashi, no denying that. But if you look a little closer it's not that simple. He's spent more than 10 seasons in Formula Nippon, which has a starting field that's nowhere near the quality of GP2 or even GP3 or FR3.5, and won it once. He's done British and German F3 and finished P7 and P4 respectively. Pretty good, but not overwhelming by any means. He's obviously been extremely successful in endurance racing, but that requires a skill set that is quite far from open wheel racing. Single lap pace is nowhere near as important here as in F1, although the conservation of fuel and tyres in modern F1 has brought them a little closer at least. Anyway, we'll see how he does but to be honest I'd be surprised if Ericsson didn't have the upper hand on him. In terms of single seaters I'd say both Kobayashi and Ericsson have a stronger CV than Lotterer TBH.


August 19, 2014 10:49 PM

F1 » Lotterer set to replace Kobayashi at Caterham

He's also won a driver's championship (2 drivers per car) in SuperGT, and hes typically been the better of the pairing. Some of the European drivers in SuperGT are better (seemingly) than their Japanese counterparts in SuperGT (do they still call it that?), but the Japanese guys always get more of the TV camera. Lotterer is a class act, him, Duval and Treluyer along with Quintarelli have done pretty well in that series.
Sorry but one title in nine years of racing in a GT series that has nowhere near the quality of the top series in Europe is, again, good but not overwhelming. Sure the guys you mention are excellent race car drivers, particularly in GT and endurance racing, but that does not necessarily mean they are F1 quality.

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