With the top seats at Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes already taken for 2011, the most coveted place left to fill on next year’s grid is the second Renault alongside Robert Kubica.
The team have been clear about their expectations for Vitaly Petrov, who had a mixed weekend in Spa with a points finish despite a crash in qualifying.
Has he done enough to keep his place in the team – or should Renault look elsewhere for a 2011 driver?
The disappearance of BMW and Toyota at the end of last season left some big-name drivers in small teams this year, including the likes of Jarno Trulli (Lotus) and Timo Glock (Virgin).
Unsurprisingly there have already been rumours one of these drivers might move to the increasingly competitive Renault next year as the team enjoy a resurgence in form.
Then there are the newer drivers who have come into the sport recently such as Kamui Kobayashi, Bruno Senna, Lucas di Grassi. Have any of these done enough to merit a drive with what could be a race-winning car next year?
And what of Kubica’s former BMW team mate Nick Heidfeld? His time spent tyre testing for Pirelli will surely make him an attractive pick for the team, along with his decade of F1 race experience.
It’s not easy being an F1 rookie these days as testing opportunities are so limited. Petrov’s best chance of keeping his seat is if he keeps bringing the car home in the points, potentially helping Renault beat Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.
Should they keep their faith in him for next year, or look elsewhere? Should they look beyond the pool of current F1 drivers? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.
Who should get the second Renault seat in 2011?
- Adrian Sutil (18%)
- Jarno Trulli (1%)
- Heikki Kovalainen (7%)
- Timo Glock (7%)
- Pedro de la Rosa (1%)
- Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
- Rubens Barrichello (3%)
- Vitaly Petrov (25%)
- Nico H?Ô??lkenberg (1%)
- Bruno Senna (6%)
- Karun Chandhok (4%)
- Sakon Yamamoto (1%)
- Lucas di Grassi (1%)
- Nick Heidfeld (17%)
- Someone else (9%)
Total Voters: 2,739
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