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August 19, 2014 3:03 PM

F1 » Verstappen gets 2015 Toro Rosso drive

Will be interesting to see how he does but to be honest I don't really see the point of this. Why are they in such a rush to bring him into F1? I mean it's not like they're short on drivers... What they are short on, on the other hand, is race seats. And I'm pretty sure Carlos Sainz Jr will not be too impressed with this. But yeah, they have a strong lineup in their main team, and if one of them should leave they have a youngster ready to step in too in Kvyat. So I really don't understand why they somehow feel the need to do this. Surely a year or two in more powerful cars could only do young Verstappen good. No doubt the kid has talent, but I fear they might be doing him a huge disservice here. This could very well make him the next Alguersuari rather than the next Vettel... Also, why even bother running teams and drivers in GP2, GP3, FR3.5 etc when apparently they don't have the patience to wait for a young driver to develop properly anyway?


August 19, 2014 3:21 PM
Last Edited 378 days ago

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.

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