New F1 Drivers..
|November 24, 2011||Posted by admin under Formula 1|
Could this man be the man who brings F1 to Mexico and kick starts F1 in South America? ( Outside of Brazil ) – 6th place in the recent Abu Dhabi testing, in a Sauber was a reasonable effort.
Surely there will always be a team with an eye on sponsorship from a new region…such as Mexico..although it wont be an oil company! – Production by the national oil company has fallen 25 percent from its peak in 2004.
Sure Pastor Maldonaldo has had a season with Williams, but it has also been one of their worst seasons ever! With F1 spreading itself into new world markets, it’s inevitable that European drivers will find it harder to compete to get into F1 due to increased competition on the track and off track due to lower sponsorship budgets.
At present, France is looking like it may have a promising F1 driver waiting in the wings :
Looking at the laptimes from the Abu Dhabi test though, you’d have to think that Jean-Eric Vergne will put all the other young drivers in the shade for quite a while, setting a best mark just 0.436s off Sebastian Vettel’s pole time for the 2011 Grand Prix.
1. Jean-Eric Vergne Red Bull-Renault 1m38.917s 2. Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1m41.347s 3. Olivier Turvey McLaren-Mercedes 1m42.346s 4. Max Chilton Force India-Mercedes 1m42.618s 5. Alexander Rossi Lotus-Renault 1m44.381s 6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m44.531s 7. Stefano Coletti Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m44.545s 8. Mirko Bortolotti Williams-Cosworth 1m46.076s 9. Nathanael Berthon HRT-Cosworth 1m46.299s 10. Charles Pic Virgin-Cosworth 1m46.348s 11. Jan Charouz HRT-Cosworth 1m47.159s 12. Sam Bird Mercedes GP 1m47.624s