Valsecchi angered by Lotus decision

By on Friday, November 15, 2013

Davide-ValsecchiDavide Valsecchi says he is angry at Lotus's decision to overlook him for the vacant seat for the final two round of 2013.

Kimi Raikkonen withdrew from the races in America and Brazil to undergo back surgery, but Lotus opted to hire Heikki Kovalainen rather than reserve driver Valsecchi.

Valsecchi, the 2012 GP2 champion, believes it's a 'tragedy' that he was not selected.

"It’s a huge blow to me. From the sporting point of view it’s a tragedy," he said.

"It makes me angry to have lost the battle with Kovalainen who is not a great champion, not even an active driver; his last results were five years ago."

"If they had taken [Nico] Hulkenberg I could have understood, even [Pastor] Maldonado, but this…"

Valsecchi, who has twice driven the Lotus E21 in testing, questioned the current state of the support and its limitations for young drivers.

"I was sure that from the point of view of motivation and desire to achieve, the team would have taken me and I would have been right up there."

"Perhaps I lack experience but what chance do you have to gain any? Nevertheless, things change quickly in F1, so I won’t give up and I will be ready if they need me in Brazil."

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