Debates and polls
We head into the off-season with several teams yet to confirm either of their drivers for 2011.
Drivers like Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Heidfeld already know they won’t be driving for the same teams in 2010.
Do they deserve another season in F1 next year? Who else do you hope will be racing in 2011?
The poll below includes all the drivers who participated in races or practice sessions in 2010 whose seats for 2010 have not yet been confirmed:
Nico Hülkenberg – Dropped by Williams after putting them on pole position for the first time in 100 races at Interlagos.
Nick Heidfeld – Made another return to Sauber this season but they’ve filled their seats for 2011. Will another team grab this veteran of 172 races?
Pedro de la Rosa – Returned after three seasons away but was dropped mid-season for Heidfeld.
Vitaly Petrov – A mixed debut season for the Russian driver but ended on a high in Abu Dhabi, out-qualifying team mate Robert Kubica and defending his position from Fernando Alonso for 39 laps.
Adrian Sutil – Sutil could be set for a change of scene after four years with the same team.
Vitantonio Liuzzi – Had his first full season since 2007 this year but his place at Force India could be under threat.
Heikki Kovalainen – A solid season at Lotus where he looks happy.
Jarno Trulli – Frustrated by unreliability at Lotus but does he have any better options for 2011?
Timo Glock – Had few opportunities to shine in the Virgin this year.
Lucas di Grassi – Had to surrender his Virgin seat in first practice on four occasions and did not drive for the team in the post-season test.
Bruno Senna – The HRT driver who made the most starts in 2010, but also had the most failures.
Christian Klien – Made his comeback to F1 following a four-year absence in 2010 but will he get a full season in 2011?
Sakon Yamamoto – The Japanese driver appeared in F1 for a third year but is yet to start a season with a team.
Karun Chandhok – Popular driver who was dropped mid-season but with an Indian Grand Prix on the calendar next year don’t bet against him making a return somewhere.
Jerome d’Ambrosio – Back by Gravity Sports Management who have links to Renault, he drove for Virgin in four practice sessions and for both teams in the post-season young drivers’ test.
Fairuz Fauzy – Could become the second Malaysian to race in Formula 1 after appearing in five practice sessions for Lotus this year.
Paul di Resta – Expected to do 18 practice sessions for Force India before the season began. That became eight, but his appearance at the Pirelli tyre test indicates he is being seriously considered for a race seat next year.
Who deserves an F1 seat in 2011?
Vote for your pick of the drivers below. You can vote for as many of them as you like.
Who deserves an F1 race seat in 2011?
- Nico Hülkenberg (76%)
- Nick Heidfeld (46%)
- Pedro de la Rosa (5%)
- Vitaly Petrov (46%)
- Adrian Sutil (56%)
- Vitantonio Liuzzi (7%)
- Heikki Kovalainen (61%)
- Jarno Trulli (22%)
- Timo Glock (47%)
- Lucas di Grassi (8%)
- Bruno Senna (25%)
- Christian Klien (21%)
- Sakon Yamamoto (3%)
- Karun Chandhok (40%)
- Jerome d'Ambrosio (10%)
- Fairuz Fauzy (2%)
- Paul di Resta (40%)
Total Voters: 2,662
Which drivers not on the list above deserve an F1 chance in 2011? Pastor Maldonado? Jules Bianchi? Sam Bird? Who else? Have your say in the comments.
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