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?ikk?nen, 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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