Who should get the last F1 seats? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Renault are the last of 2009's teams with a seat to fill
Renault are the last of 2009's teams with a seat to fill

With Jose Maria Lopez confirmed at US F1, 23 of the 26 places on the 2010 F1 grid have been filled.

Several drivers from last season are left on the sidelines, including Nick Heidfeld, Romain Grosjean and Kazuki Nakaima. They’re competing against several up-and-coming drivers from GP2 – some with significant financial backing.

Who should get the last three places on the F1 grid? Cast your vote from the options below.

The three remaining teams with seats to fill are at Renault, US F1 and Campos. Assuming all three make it to the first race at Bahrain – and there are soubts over the latter pair – who should get the three remaining drives?

Who’s on the list?

I’ve offered a choice of 19 20 names below. These include:

  • Anyone who lost an F1 seat in 2008 or 2009, excluding those who retired (David Coulthard) or who have drives elsewhere in 2010 (Kimi R?ńikk?Ânen, Nelson Piquet Jnr)
  • F1 reserve drivers from 2009
  • Anyone who finished in the top six in GP2 last year who doesn’t already have an F1 drive
  • Other drivers who have significant connections to F1 teams or won major junior formulae last year, who have not announced drives for this year

Leave a comment below if you think there’s someone else who belongs on the list who isn’t on there.

Vote for up to three drivers from the list below:

Who should get the last three race seats on the 2010 F1 grid?

  • Nick Heidfeld (59%)
  • Romain Grosjean (8%)
  • Kazuki Nakajima (6%)
  • Sebastien Bourdais (18%)
  • Giancarlo Fisichella (18%)
  • Luca Badoer (1%)
  • Takuma Sato (20%)
  • Anthony Davidson (33%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (19%)
  • Paul di Resta (10%)
  • Luca Filippi (1%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (3%)
  • Bertrand Baguette (4%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (1%)
  • Ho-Pin Tung (3%)
  • Andy Soucek (5%)
  • Gary Paffett (8%)
  • Marc Gene (2%)
  • Christian Klien (14%)
  • Jacques Villeneuve (22%)

Total Voters: 2,132

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Update: Villeneuve added as suggested by John H.

Who did I vote for?

Nick Heidfeld – Out-scored Robert Kubica last year and although I wouldn’t say he is a better driver than his former team mate he shouldn’t be left on the sidelines.

Romain Grosjean – I wouldn’t write him off on the basis of his handful of drives in an uncompetitive Renault at the end of last season, up against a twice world champion, having had very little testing. Deserves a proper chance.

Paul di Resta – Will apparently drive for Force India on Fridays this year, but should have been on the path to an F1 race seat years ago.

Tell us who you voted for in the comments.

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101 comments on “Who should get the last F1 seats? (Poll)”

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  1. It’s only allowing one choice for me.

    1. I just tested it and was able to vote for three without a problem.

      1. mmm, doesn’t seem to be a ‘Me’ option?

  2. hm, i thought i can for 3 drivers, but only 1. i voted for Heidfeld.
    i would have loved to see Fisichella at Sauber, however, the remaining 3 teams don’t show any interest in him, would have been my second choice.
    and there are 3 drivers, Sato, Davidson and Klien that might deserve a good seat, but forced to leave the sport a while ago.

  3. i did heidfeld, fisichella and petrov

    1. Good picks I chose, paffett, heidfeld and villeneuve. I’ve heard nothing but goo from paffett. Heidfeld a JV have a lot of experience and a wdc just what usf1 needs but I’m sure they’ll take the money route. JV would also add personality to f1 as an added bonus. As if it needs that ha ha.

      1. Magnificent Geoffrey
        28th January 2010, 8:04

        Paffett, Heidfeld and Grosjean. In that order.

  4. Would love to see Anthony Davidson back on the grid, this time in a car that he can compete in, which would pretty much mean that I would want to see him at Renault..!! I do believe that his experience with BAR/Honda/Brawn could be of value to one of the new teams though. And to those who question his speed, he often used to top the times as a Friday tester…

    Of the others, I think Nick Heidfeld deserves to be in F1 for much the same reasons as Keith states above. And I think it would be good for F1 to get some Russian representation so I’ve gone for Vitaly Petrov.

    I think it would have been interesting to see whether Pique Jr would have gotten any votes if he had been on the list…

    1. I would have voted for Piquet Jr.

  5. Petrov, Fisichella and Heidfeld

  6. Purely on my opinion of their ability, I’ve gone for di Resta, Heidfeld and Petrov.

    Realistically I’ve no idea who USF1 will choose, it sounds like di Resta will be a reserve, and the rumours won’t go away that Heidfeld will too. He’ll be encouraging Schumacher to try out as many motorbikes as he can.

  7. firstly, i voted for giancarlo fisichella. he’s a veteran of formula one, is a good driver, knows the tracks well, and would be a valuable asset for any team. however, it looks as if he’ll spend 2010 as the first reserve driver for ferrari.

    my second choice is luca badoer. he has to be one of, if not THE unluckiest drivers of his time. in his ‘prime’, if you will, he was a pretty good driver, given the abysmal cars he’s driven (the 1999 minardi being the best of the lot). it’s such a shame he never got a fair chance to show what he could do in a competitive car.

    IF ferrari actually utilised him in 1999, when michael schumacher broke his leg, i would not be typing this now. or, maybe, even if he accepted a drive for sauber in 2001. i just really wish the bloke could of scored at least one point in his formula one outing. please note, luca badoer driving competitively for this season, eleven full years after his last full season in formula one is wishful thinking, i’m very aware of that.

    lastly, would he not be the mercedes grand prix test driver this year, i’d of chosen nick heidfeld. instead, i’ve gone with marc gene. realistically, unlike his former minardi team-mate, the aforementioned luca badoer, gene could possibly do okay in a formula one car for a whole season.

  8. Heidfeld would be a good choice for any of the vacant seats – quick, reliable and a cunning racer. With Kubica at Renault the team could afford to take a risk on a rookie so Campos or US F1 would most benefit from Heidfeld, if they could afford him.

    Grosjean didn’t stand out in 2009 but performed reasonably well in difficult circumstances – no testing, difficult car, double world champion as team mate. His performance relative to Alonso was not noticeably worse than Fisichella’s record against Raikkonen. Obvious links with Renault but a fresh start with a new team might be better for him.

    Di Resta beat Vettel in Euro F3 and has since impressed in the DTM. His links with McLaren and Force India are likely to disqualify him from any of the remaining seats, though.

    I’d love to see Davidson get another crack at F1 but it’s unlikely to happen. Petrov and Maldonado both have the magical combination of large wallets and reasonable talent and at least one of them is likely to be on the grid in 2010.

  9. My options (Sato, Fisichella and Klien) disappointed even myself just after I clicked “voted”.

    That shows how unimpressive the junior formulae drivers indicated above (Maldonado, Petrov, Tung, Filippi, Soucek) are…

    Perhaps Baguette is too old to still drive in Formula Renault (unlike Bruno Senna, he didn’t have his career interrupted)…

    For me, the most exciting prospects are Daniel Ricciardo and Felipe Nasr, but both are far too young, especially Nasr…

    One big promisse that had poor results the last couple of years is Álvaro Parente (2005 British F3 and 2007 World Series by Renault champion)

  10. I picked Heidfeld & Davidson, purely because I feel sorry for them, in differing ways. Unfortunately I’m not sure they will get race seats this late in the day but you never know.

    I also picked Baguette, simply because he has the best name I have ever seen.

    P.S. The new server seems to be running nicely Keith, fast loading times today!

    1. Nah, that’s got to be Will Power !

      Who certainly has some, I hear he is about to return to Indycar shortly, after breaking his back mid last year. Go Will !

  11. Keith, the French medias are today annoucing the Russian Petrov as Renault’s second driver…

  12. Petrov is pretty much a dead cert to be racing at Renault next year.

    I’d say that Wurz and Villneuve may end up with USF1. I’m leaning more towards Wurz.

    The other Campos seat is a tricky one. I’d probably say a Latin driver. But who knows. This is assuming that USF1 and Campos make the grid…

  13. I think it’s a disgrace that Heidfeld doesn’t have a drive – he beat Kubica last year. What is that all about? I wish he was at McLaren instead of Button, but failing that, he should be in pole position for the next available seat.

    Anyway, you never know, he might be driving for Mercedes this year if Schumacher’s neck doesn’t hold out.

    1. Oh, and I voted for Heidfeld, Sato and Bourdais. I always liked Bourdais and thought he deserved another chance, and Sato is a legend.

      1. Sato is a legend? Why, because he crashes alot? Seriously, I can never figure out why so many people love a guy who put in maybe two good drives and crashes the car so much.

  14. I think a lot of people are voting for Davidson just because he is British. He’s nothing special.

  15. voted for Nick Heidfeld , Bertrand Baguette & Jerome d’Ambrosio.
    Nick because he it in him to win races I think.
    And Baguette & d’Ambrosio because I am from Belgium and it is time for a Belgian driver to make it to F1 again! : )

  16. Schumi_the_greatest
    27th January 2010, 12:42

    i voted for heidfeld, davidson & petrov

    Heidfeld – because hes still one of the better drivers on thr gird, he out scored kubica last year and in 07. He also outscored raikkonen in 01 at sauber. Hes been very unlucky, hes always raced well and consistently wherever hes been and always seemed to move to the right team at the wrong time, williams move in 05 being the prime example. I dont think renault will take him as i dont think he’l bring alot of sponsorship but for the new teams he’s a dream, hes been racing full time in f1 since 2000 and he can be relied on to bring the car home, and when ther’s changeable weather he always pops up in the points.

    Davidson – because hes fast as he proved from his time as a friday driver, and he did well at super aguri, deserves another chance

    Petrov – because he’ll bring alot of cash to renault, which they need, be a shame to see the ex world champions struggling plus id like to see if kubica can really lead a team, and i cant be bothered to hear his constant moaning over the radio if he has a crap car again..very annoying last year

    1. Schumi_the_greatest
      27th January 2010, 12:44

      plus heidfeld in my opinion would be the ideal number 2 driver at mclaren for hamilton, can be relied on to score points consistently but wont be quite quick enough to affect hamiltons tittle chances

      1. That’s exactly what I think!!!

    2. He did not outscore Kubica in 07.

        1. Yes he did, but the truth is that Heidfeld could outscore kubica only when kubica was unlucky. In 2009 Heidfeld got 2nd plcae (very very very lucky), and Kubica lost 2nd place at Aus bcoz of stupid Vettel. Anyway both are good drivers, but heidfeld looks boring to me.

          I voted heidfeld, klien and baguette.

  17. I voted for Jérome d’Ambrosio, because he litterally blew away his teammate Kamui Kobayashi in GP2 last season, and was really on par with him in his debut season. He also has very close links with the new Renault teammanager.

    Secondly I voted for Christian Klien, because I think he deserves another nod at F1.

    And last I voted for Bertrand Baguette, another Belgian. I think he did a terrific job with Renault and BMW Sauber at Jerez testing.

    Grosjean should get another chance too, but since I’m Belgian, I’d like to see my countrymen pedalling around!


  18. Keith, where’s Villeneuve? Has he dclared himself out of the running?

    1. Good idea – have added him.

      1. In addition to this, do you not think Jonathan Summerton has a worthy shout for USF1 with being an American, winning the Indy Lights championship and possibly bringing some money to the table?

  19. Heidfeld, Fisichella and Di Resta.

    Heidfeld – He still has a lot to give

    Di Resta- He should be in F1… I don’t understand, we have Vettel who WILL be a future world champion, and you can get the guy who beat him for cheap… What is there not to like about that?

    Fisichella – Although his Ferrari part of the season wasn’t great, people forget about his brilliant Spa race. The guy got pole position and very nearly won it! That shows he still has some use, I really don’t understand why Sutil would have been kept over him when Fisi was the one who got the results while Adrian was nowhere.

  20. I’d like the places to be filled by Heidfeld, Davidson, Petrov, but I don’t think Heidfeld or Ant will get a drive!

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