2012-13 Silly Season

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by donald29 » 26 Oct 2012, 19:56

Yeah I know last year was worth a lot to them as it was their second year in a row in the top ten. No idea what a third would mean, but still in 2010 when they started up they didn't have that prize money yet didn't opt for a pay driver.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 26 Oct 2012, 19:57

It would still count. It's two out of three seasons. So they'd lose the money if they finished 11th next season as well.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by donald29 » 04 Nov 2012, 22:05

Mike Gasgoyne tweets he's arrived in Paris for a big Caterham announcement tomorrow.

My first thought was to confirm Pic?

Apparently, and I have no idea if this is reliable, there are reports in the Dutch press that it will be Pic and Van der Garde...

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

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Robert Fernley told to MTV3 that Kovalainen is a candidate for Force India next year. He also said there are more than two and less than ten drivers they are considering. He said they will go through the selection process during couple of coming weeks.

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/f1/uutiset.shtml/2012/11/1649308/force-india-vahvistaa-kovalainen-ehdolla-kuljettajaksi (in Finnish)

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by donald29 » 05 Nov 2012, 09:18

Less than 10, that narrows it down. :lol:

There's a few I'd like to see at Force India.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by eleanor » 05 Nov 2012, 10:05

donald29 wrote:Mike Gasgoyne tweets he's arrived in Paris for a big Caterham announcement tomorrow.

My first thought was to confirm Pic?

Apparently, and I have no idea if this is reliable, there are reports in the Dutch press that it will be Pic and Van der Garde...

I'm afraid it's not about 2013 line-up :(

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by tderias » 05 Nov 2012, 14:31

reppo wrote:Robert Fernley told to MTV3 that Kovalainen is a candidate for Force India next year. He also said there are more than two and less than ten drivers they are considering. He said they will go through the selection process during couple of coming weeks.

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/f1/uutiset.shtml/2012/11/1649308/force-india-vahvistaa-kovalainen-ehdolla-kuljettajaksi (in Finnish)


That will be a good move for Heikki. We'll see how he stacks up against Di Resta.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by donald29 » 05 Nov 2012, 18:23

The announcement was just a Caterham / Renault road car project. :p

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

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tderias wrote:
reppo wrote:Robert Fernley told to MTV3 that Kovalainen is a candidate for Force India next year. He also said there are more than two and less than ten drivers they are considering. He said they will go through the selection process during couple of coming weeks.

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/f1/uutiset.shtml/2012/11/1649308/force-india-vahvistaa-kovalainen-ehdolla-kuljettajaksi (in Finnish)


That will be a good move for Heikki. We'll see how he stacks up against Di Resta.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 06 Nov 2012, 10:17

Chinese media is reporting that Ma Qing Hua will race for HRT in 2013.

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by donald29 » 06 Nov 2012, 12:21

Christ. Has there been a driver with a less suitable record to make it into F1?!

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by François » 06 Nov 2012, 13:04

donald29 wrote:Christ. Has there been a driver with a less suitable record to make it into F1?!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuji_Ide
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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by mikhailv » 06 Nov 2012, 19:11

François wrote:
donald29 wrote:Christ. Has there been a driver with a less suitable record to make it into F1?!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuji_Ide


Cant raise you on that, but maybe equal;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakon_Yamamoto

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by donald29 » 06 Nov 2012, 19:20

Yuji Ide sprung to mind, but at least he'd had a half decent season in Formula Nippon. :p

Sums Ide up though that the only picture of him in F1 on his Wikipedia page is poorly taken through a fence with part of his car out of shot. :lol:

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Re: 2012-13 Silly Season

Post by phil1993 » 06 Nov 2012, 19:27

HRT denied the story - apparently a Chinese website jumped to conclusions...

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