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 Post subject: Re: Silly season 2013-14
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2013, 14:07  
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Hülkenberg was clever not to go to Lotus without signing a contract for 2014. Surely he would have closed the door for staying at Sauber by doing so. Moreover, he can't know if he can get better results in a car he has never driven. Pleased for Heikki, hopefully he enjoys the last two races of his career.
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Hülkenberg was clever not to go to Lotus without signing a contract for 2014. Surely he would have closed the door for staying at Sauber by doing so. Moreover, he can't know if he can get better results in a car he has never driven. Pleased for Heikki, hopefully he enjoys the last two races of his career.


Problem is we dont know if Sauber will have him anyway. Maldanado; 30million. Perez: close number to that. Hulkenberg: zero. Sauber aren't comitted to him, neither are Force India after he dumped them for their closest rival. Lotus couldve been a door into them for 2014 but he's put off by the financial situation of the team, yet is it not true Sauber hasn't paid Hulk either?

I reckon he has shot himself in the foot.
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Logical choice, from a sporting viewpoint Heikki is probably the best or safest option available. I feel sorry for Valsecchi, though, there goes his best chance: doesn't seem likely that he'll have a 2014 drive, and by 2015 he'll be pretty much forgotten.

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Edi96 wrote:
Hülkenberg was clever not to go to Lotus without signing a contract for 2014. Surely he would have closed the door for staying at Sauber by doing so. Moreover, he can't know if he can get better results in a car he has never driven. Pleased for Heikki, hopefully he enjoys the last two races of his career.


I agree with this. Good move by Nico, he's kept his options open. Grosjean's in top form and is one with his car, he'd have a hard time beating him at this point in this season.

Is Heikki confirmed for Lotus? I haven't seen an announcement. There's so many drivers with no seats now!

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Wouldn't it be amazing if McLaren went for it and announced Hulkenberg and Magnussen..?

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Hah, if only McLaren could be that exciting again! :p

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Perez confirms his departure

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Perez confirms his departure

Khalil wrote this :lol:
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He could have given us the heads up! :p
http://www.f1zone.net/news/sergio-perez ... ren/21080/

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I said last year Perez was over rated and his podiums were reverse strategies after saturday failures on his laps! Ferrari said he was slow and thus dropped him.


In my opinion Perez had his best year so far in his career in 2011 where he showed fighting spirit and skills. I agree with you about last year's podium finishes.
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The timing is strange, because there's just a few days until Perez's home race. Maybe he pushed for the news to come out now so that he could attract sponsors.

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So Lotus asked Schumacher to replace Raikkonen. It's stupid, I know it would have been a disaster but I'd still have loved to have him on the grid.

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I said last year Perez was over rated and his podiums were reverse strategies after saturday failures on his laps! Ferrari said he was slow and thus dropped him.


In my opinion Perez had his best year so far in his career in 2011 where he showed fighting spirit and skills. I agree with you about last year's podium finishes.


Deffo his best season and deserves another next year. Pretty much killed his career though now. I increasingly dislike Mclaren these days.
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As a matter of fact I feel sorry for Perez. After having a great 2012 season he arrived at McLaren having high hopes. I was thinking that he can even win races with McLaren but MP4-28's problems meant that he could only fight for points and not even podiums. And now he has to leave McLaren without achieving anything special. At best he will find a seat in Force India for 2014. and I doubt Force India can provide him with a race winning car. Such a pity.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly season 2013-14
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Mclaren have killed Perez's career to be frank. Its not the first time though Mclaren have ruined drivers. Even if they weren't WDC material, they were still great drivers. DC, Montoya, Heikki, Perez. They are all good or great drivers who were either opressed or weren't given chance to develop. Its like with Kovy, he went there in his second season as a number 2 and then the next year he was in a bad car, did well at the start but not soe well towards the end.

This is the problem with Mclaren, they try to get a star driver, they end up ruining their relationship with said star driver, and they scramble to recover from the loss but by doing so they just expect too much too quick instead of allow driveers to develop or adapt. They aren't attractive as a team anymore, they've already lost Alonso, Kimi and Lewis. Vettel wouldn't think once about going there let alone twice. Theres a reason.
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