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F1 driver carousel 2011: no movement on the transfer market

Formula 1 driver carousel 2011
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D The air is out of the transfer market, yet before it really got going. Everything remains as it was. Mark Webber at Red Bull, Felipe Massa at Ferrari, Robert Kubica at Renault. The seats at Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes are set in concrete until 2012, unless there is a big, unsolvable crash in one of the camps.

Red Bull keeps up with the One-year contract from Webber the option to promote the next Vettel to the A-team should one offer itself. At the moment there is no one in sight. Robert Kubica has to stay where he is. The Pole was at least up for discussion at Ferrari. But Maranello wants quiet in the stable. And continuity. Massa remains with Scuderia until 2012.

Alonso and Kubica would be a powder keg

Alonso and Massa get along well. The collision between Vettel and Webber in Istanbul and the earthquake that followed showed Ferrari what harmony in a team can be worth. Alonso and Kubica in a team would have been a powder keg with a short fuse, even if the two get along well outside the race track. The friendship would quickly end in a racing car.

Renault will become a dream team for Timo Glock, Adrian Sutil or Nick Heidfeld, but only if Vitaly Petrov's ruble is no longer rolling. 'I'm afraid,' groans Heidfeld, 'the top ten places are gone.' If you are looking for a cockpit, you have to be satisfied with the Force India, Williams or Sauber price range. Force India currently has three drivers. Behind Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi, substitute driver Paul di Resta is lurking.

Barrichello important for Williams

Williams will not part with Rubens Barrichello anytime soon. The Brazilian is the team's life insurance. 'We'd be nowhere without Rubens,' admits Frank Williams. 'He doesn't need eight laps to get up to speed when the car is critical,' praised his partner Patrick Head. For Williams, Nico H├╝lkenberg is an investment in the future.

Toro Rosso is Red Bull's talent shed. That makes it difficult for drivers outside the system to get a place at Toro Rosso. Since neither Sebastien Buemi nor JaimeAlguersuari will be promoted to the A-Team next year, but both have justified their commitment with good performances, will not move much with the team from Faenza.

New teams and Sauber offer cockpit opportunities

In principle, Sauber has two free cockpits for 2011. At least one will go to a driver who brings a sponsor or a new one Develops sponsorship market. We're talking about the Mexican Sergio Perez, who is driving for the title in the GP2 series this year. Behind Perez is the empire of Carlos Slim, one of the richest men in the world.

If you still can't find a job, you have to apply to Lotus, Virgin Racing, Hispania F1 or the 13th team that im coming next year. In all probability that will be ART, Nicolas Todt's racing team.


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