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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2012, 20:52  
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Heikki deserves a good drive, he was treated bad at Mclaren and he only got one year at Renault.
Would be a pleasure to see Kimi and Heikki in Lotus and Grosjean/Alonso at Ferrari!

Although, one thing striked me, why not go back to GP2 (since he hasnt won the serie) and rape all the people who believe they are F1-material?

Heikki is already 32 years old. Going to GP2 is not an option for him. He is no longer a developing young driver to learn something from lower series. Everyone already knows how talented he is. Year ago he was rated 10th best driver at the time, but things changes and he is not getting any younger. Leaving F1 from a back field team means, he will newer come back again. Caterham is his only option unless something strange happens.

Grosjean is 99.99% sure Lotus driver next year. They just want to keep him on his toes to give him a lesson. In GP2 he either crashed or was on podium. That doesn't work in F1. If he had been finishing on points on those races he crashed, Lotus would be now on P3 and it means a lot to the team. He'll get his drive in Lotus for 2013 but then he must be bringing the car to the finish line constantly. That's what the team is hoping for.
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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2012, 00:49  
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''hmm'' Is Jacques on some kind of drugs:
http://www.auto123.com/en/racing-news/f1-jacques-villeneuve-wonders-why-mercedes-amg-let-michael-schumacher-go?artid=149674
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F1: Jacques Villeneuve wonders why Mercedes AMG let Michael Schumacher go

By Auto123.com,
Monday, November 12, 2012
From GMM

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve says he does not think Mercedes has made the right choice in pairing Lewis Hamilton with Nico Rosberg next year.

The 1997 world champion does not, however, question the German marque's decision to poach Hamilton from McLaren.

Instead, Villeneuve wonders about his former title nemesis Michael Schumacher's exit.

"Why is he stopping?" the 41-year-old told Switzerland's Motorsport Aktuell.

"I don't understand. Hamilton-Schumacher would be much better than what they do have for next year," the outspoken Villeneuve insisted.

Maybe I'm just missing something.
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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 19 Nov 2012, 17:35  
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According to few reports Pic is set to be confirmed this week as a Caterham driver for 2013.
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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 19 Nov 2012, 18:00  
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AMuS believes that

Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi, Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna, Davide Valsecchi, Luiz Razia, Johnny Cecotto, Jr., Rodolfo Gonzalez, Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve

were in contention for Force India. Supposedly it's now between Buemi, Alguersuari, Sutil and Senna.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 19 Nov 2012, 19:10  
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lol JV

lol

why not Ralf Schumacher

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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 19 Nov 2012, 20:10  
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AMuS believes that

Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi, Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna, Davide Valsecchi, Luiz Razia, Johnny Cecotto, Jr., Rodolfo Gonzalez, Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve

were in contention for Force India. Supposedly it's now between Buemi, Alguersuari, Sutil and Senna.


Some of those names... Seriously?

When Jacques Villeneuve isn't the stupidest name on the list you have to question what's going on! :p

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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
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Wow.. Why not Yuji Ide :p?
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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 22 Nov 2012, 18:10  
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Woops.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/104476

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Esteban Gutierrez looks all but certain to be announced as Sauber's second driver for the 2013 Formula 1 season after McLaren-bound Sergio Perez said his fellow Mexican would race for the Swiss team.

The inadvertent admission by Perez at Interlagos came following Sauber's announcement that it would reveal its 2013 driver line-up by the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend.

It has already signed current Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg for one of its seats.

Incumbent Kamui Kobayashi's position has been in doubt for several months as he hunted for more funding. At Interlagos on Thursday the Japanese driver conceded he might not be on the 2013 grid.

Gutierrez and Perez share the same Mexican backers, including Telmex, as part of the country's efforts to establish itself as an F1 force.

Asked by Spanish-speaking journalists how competitive he expected Sauber to be in 2013, Perez cited a Hulkenberg/Gutierrez driver line-up as one of its key assets.

"The car will be strong because the rules don't change much, and the team have a good experienced driver in Nico and he will have a strong team-mate in Esteban," said Perez.

Pushed to confirm that meant Gutierrez's Sauber race deal was finalised, Perez laughed and said "we are waiting for the announcement."

Gutierrez made his grand prix weekend debut in Friday practice in India when Perez was unwell.

A former GP3 and Formula BMW Europe champion, he has been in the Sauber fold for several years, having first tested for the team in 2009 as his reward for his FBMW success.

His past two seasons in GP2 with the ART/Lotus team did not live up to expectations, but the 21-year-old took three wins on his way to third in this year's standings.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 22 Nov 2012, 18:25  
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It seems Toshiba will be out of F1 :(

I hope he stays in F1 as a 3rd driver or something, and try his luck again in 2014.
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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 22 Nov 2012, 20:06  
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Gutierrez at Sauber? Surely not. I've only had the story prepared for weeks :p

Alguersuari to Force India is on.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 23 Nov 2012, 03:58  
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"Abiteboul: We don't have pay drivers" ''hmm''
http://www.crash.net/f1/news/186202/1/abiteboul_we_dont_have_pay_drivers.html
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"I think that it's a little bit more complex than that," the Frenchman explained, "I don't like the notion of 'pay driver' because I see them more as a commercial element, which obviously is crucial when you are at the back of the grid, [and] you don't attract the sort of TV coverage that the other teams attract. That's a reality. We are not complaining. We have to make our way through the grid, up to the [front] to get more coverage but, before that happens, obviously the drivers are ambassadors, a good commercial vehicle who have a value for any form of sponsors.

"Just talking in terms of contracts, usually we don't have any drivers who are paying for a seat. It's just that he's introducing some sponsors to us who are helping the team to finance the season and finance their salaries. So, in reality, there are no paying drivers as such.

"I don't want to start a polemic, but even with the best drivers in the world, in the first row teams, there are some sponsors who are there also because [the drivers] are there - and I don't think you will qualify any of those drivers as pay drivers."

So, Caterham will have two "pay drivers" next year and Heikki and Petrov are out. Neither of them have enough sponsors to be non-pay driver of Caterham.

Heikki admits that his F1 career is most likely over. He won't be back if he is out now. He still hopes there is a slim chance in Caterham since at least the other seat is open.

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/f1/uutiset.shtml/2012/11/1661561/kovalainen-myontaa-f1-uran-loppu-haamottaa (in Finnish)

One seat in Caterham might be going to Pic. According MTV3 Cyril Abiteboul admits in F1 Magazine's interview working to get Pic into the team. He says he is building a three year plan for Caterham and it includes drivers in long term too.

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu/f1/uutiset.shtml/2012/11/1661648/pic-menossa-caterhamille---kolmen-vuoden-suunnitelma (in Finnish)
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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 23 Nov 2012, 11:12  
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BBC are reporting Pic to Caterham.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 23 Nov 2012, 12:06  
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Autosport confrim Pic to Caterham. Esteban to Sauber.

By Kovy, By Kamui =[ Seriously, id much rather have Kovy or Kamui than Di resta, Grosjean, Massa, Senna, Vergne, Ricciardo, Glock or Rosberg.
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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 23 Nov 2012, 12:11  
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[...]or Kamui than Di resta, Grosjean, Massa, Senna, Vergne, Ricciardo, Glock or Rosberg.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012-13 Silly Season
PostPosted: 23 Nov 2012, 12:14  
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As expected months ago.

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