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Old 26 Nov 2007, 20:34 (Ref:2076013)   #1
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Who will get the second Force India seat?

There are quite a few drivers getting a lap or two at the next test, i assume Sutil will be staying for next year so who do you think will get the other seat, should be interesting if they all get a decent crack at it.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 20:56 (Ref:2076023)   #2
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Sutil has been confirmed iirc. I would go for Liuzzi
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 20:58 (Ref:2076025)   #3
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As he's a good friend of Vijay Mallya, I'll punt for Ralf. That's if McLaren don't want him, obviously.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 21:26 (Ref:2076046)   #4
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Klien seems to have had the upper hands over the other participants in F1ndia's driver evaluation programme so far, scoring even better times than Sutil. I guess McLaren are closely watching that programme, too, because they still have an empty seat. I seriously doubt, though, that they would prefer a different team's former test driver over their own tester.

And if Renault chooses Alonso and Nelsinho, even Kovalainen might end up driving the old Spyker, because McLaren surely wouldn't want a driver managed by Signore Briatore.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 21:36 (Ref:2076054)   #5
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It will probably be a pay-driver in the second parcel force. Maybe Ralf?

The Ronster would rather take a Kimi-esque gamble (If there's a driver who deserves a straight up jump, albeit a smaller one from British F3, it's Marko Asmer) than get Ralf. It's a minor miracle that his ego can fit in any car.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 21:49 (Ref:2076058)   #6
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If there's a driver who deserves a straight up jump, albeit a smaller one from British F3, it's Marko Asmer.
Asmer is very good but I wouldn't go as far as that. He dominated the British championship this year, but having four or five seasons in F3 must have given him an advantage. If a driver from that level were to make the step up then I think Romain Grosjean or Sebastien Buemi would be a better bet. Having said that, Buemi has competed in GP2 already.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 22:04 (Ref:2076069)   #7
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I think the choice of second driver depends on how the team is funded. If sponsorship is not forthcoming or Vijay Mallya does not wish to pump some of his fortune into the team then the likes of Roldan Rodriguez, Farriz Fauzy or Sakon Yamamoto stand a chance of securing the seat. If a larger amount of money can be secured that I suspect that Liuzzi or Klien will be racing. Conversely, if a big sponsor is found of Mallya is willing to significantly fund his team then I suspect that Ralf Schumacher will be racing.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 22:07 (Ref:2076071)   #8
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i have a soft spot for Fisi and hope he gets the seat alongside Sutil.
is he still planning to test for them/ in the running?
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 22:16 (Ref:2076078)   #9
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But what about the "It's him or me " ultimatum from Mike Gascoyne?...

One suggestion was that Ralf was instrumental in Mike getting shown the door at Toyota...

So who would you rather have if you were FI?...Mike or Ralf?...
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 22:18 (Ref:2076079)   #10
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I think Romain Grosjean or Sebastien Buemi would be a better bet. .
Grosjean will test for Renault soon, Buemi is with the Red Bull camp, possibly the 3rd driver at Torro Rosso as they seriously lack a Sebastien there

Besides, I dont think Sutil has ever been confirmed by Malaya. He has a contract with Spyker for 2008 and that can be applied with Force India too probably yeah, yet he can still end up basicaly anywhere, I think he is one the drivers depending on Nando's big descision and that wont come before December the 6th.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 22:37 (Ref:2076098)   #11
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I thought I read Roldan Rodriguez has a contract if his sponsors pay €x.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 23:30 (Ref:2076129)   #12
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I thought I read Roldan Rodriguez has a contract if his sponsors pay x.
Rodriguez apparently has $10m. But given the new owner, and the fact that Force India have been testing with the likes of Liuzzi and Klien I don't think they're looking for pay drivers.
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But what about the "It's him or me " ultimatum from Mike Gascoyne?...

One suggestion was that Ralf was instrumental in Mike getting shown the door at Toyota...

So who would you rather have if you were FI?...Mike or Ralf?...
Easy... the one that is good at his job. erm am starting to wonder now, who's won more gps, Ralf or Mike? Thats not being nasty, but really, how many gps has Gascoigne won?
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Old 27 Nov 2007, 00:53 (Ref:2076166)   #14
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its's been a while Gascoyne came up with a decent car, and the team dont plan to make a new car for 2008 anyway AND they are dead-last anyway so its hard to see the great loss his departure could mean. If anything it would be a nice budget-saver.

the plan is to come out with some major update around mid-summer (and thats about in September according to the team's calander) now if they want that "new" car to be about 0.5 sec faster than the old one and still be dead-last on the grid Gascoyne can be perfect for that job as thats precisely what he did with the 2007 update too.

I would choose Ralf over Mike anyday TBH.
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If Adrian Sutil is staying, then I would give Klien the second Spyker seat. Mike Gascoyne is more important to Spyker than Ralf Schumacher IMO...
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