Who should get the last two places in F1 for 2012?

Debates and polls

The list of 2012 F1 drivers and teams shows there are just two places left to fill for the season ahead.

So, who should get the last remaining F1 drives for 2012?

Make your pick from the most likely candidates below.

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Interlagos, 2011

Sutil was sixth in his last race for Force India

Sutil had a strong end to 2011. But Force India decided before the end of the year to promote Nico Hulkenberg, which ultimately squeezed Sutil out of the team.

He is the highest-scoring driver of 2011 who does not currently have a seat for this year.

Bruno Senna

Senna had a mixed half-season for Renault with some good qualifying performances but a few errors in races and more than his fair share of technical glitches.

On the whole he acquitted himself despite having little testing time, but wasn’t able to keep his seat as the team brought in Kimi Raikkonen and promoted Romain Grosjean. Rumours have linked him to a place at Williams.

Jaime Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Monza, 2011

Alguersuari greets fans at Monza

There was considerable surprise when Toro Rosso announced they were dropping not one but both of their drivers at the end of last year. Alguersuari may only be 21 but already has two-and-a-half years of F1 under his belt.

Jerome D?Ambrosio

For the second year in a row Virgin brought a rookie in and dropped him at the end of the year. Like Lucas di Grassi before him, D’Ambrosio is now looking for a seat with another team.

Karun Chandhok

The first ever Indian Grand Prix weekend saw two local drivers in action but neither of them have race seats for 2012 so far. Chandhok only started one race last year and it didn’t go very well – he had several spins and finished two laps behind team mate Heikki Kovalainen.

Narain Karthikeyan

After making a surprise return to F1 at the beginning of 2011, Karthikeyan found himself out of a drive halfway through the season. He made a one-off return in the Indian Grand Prix, but it remains to be seen whether HRT will invite him back again this year.

Nick Heidfeld

Heidfeld has made comeback appearances in the last two seasons – with Sauber in 2010 and Renault last year.

But he dropped halfway through last year after his performance as Robert Kubica’s substitute was found wanting.

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Valencia, 2011

Barrichello has started a record 322 races

Will F1’s most experienced driver of all time get a record 20th season in the cockpit? Barrichello had an unspectacular 2011 driving the dismal FW33, but recent management changes at Williams may have boosted his chances of retaining his seat.

Sebastien Buemi

Despite being dropped from the Toro Rosso line-up, Buemi is remaining within the Red Bull fold as a reserve driver, so it’s unlikely he’ll be racing elsewhere in F1 this year.

Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Interlagos, 2011

Petrov was dropped by Renault with a year left on his contract

All three drivers who raced for Renault in 2011 are without seats at the moment. Of the trio, Petrov scored the most points, but he was the only one to start a full season.

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi had a second chance at F1 with Force India, but after being dropped by the team ended up in an HRT last year. There remains a vacant place at the team for next year alongside Pedro de la Rosa.

Other drivers

Luca Filippi was one of the most impressive drivers in GP2 last year, but after six years in the category (he made his debut same year Lewis Hamilton did) it seems there aren’t any F1 teams taking an interest.

Filippi beat Jules Bianchi by a single point and although Ferrari would like to get their development driver some more F1 experience there aren’t many likely opportunities for him. Giedo van der Garde finished fifth in his third year in the category and has had a few F1 tests in the past but nothing in recent years.

Robert Wickens beat Jean-Eric Vergne to the Formula Renault 3.5 championship last year and tested for Virgin and Renault at Abu Dhabi in November.

Since being dropped by Virgin in 2010 Lucas di Grassi has accumulated significant testing mileage for Pirelli. Sakon Yamamoto and Christian Klien also last raced in 2010.

Vote for your choices

Which two drivers should get the last two places in F1 for 2012? Make your selection from the list below and have your say in the comments.

Which two drivers should get the last F1 seats for 2012?

  • Adrian Sutil (55%)
  • Bruno Senna (25%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (43%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (4%)
  • Karun Chandhok (2%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (7%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (24%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (2%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (11%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (1%)
  • Luca Filippi (1%)
  • Jules Bianchi (3%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Robert Wickens (6%)
  • Lucas di Grassi (0%)
  • Sakon Yamamoto (0%)
  • Christian Klien (1%)

Total Voters: 407

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NB. Robert Kubica does not have a seat for 2012 due to injury.

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92 comments on Who should get the last two places in F1 for 2012?

  1. Tiago Carvalho (@tiagocomodoro) said on 7th January 2012, 14:10

    The funny thing is that, until now we have only 2 rookies confirmed: Vergne and Pic. So its very strange to see all these drivers out….

    As a Brazilian, my vote goes to Senna, for him to have a full season.
    For HRT, it really doesnt matter, it could be even Heidfeld =)

  2. mrgrieves (@mrgrieves) said on 7th January 2012, 14:29

    I took it down to a shortlist of 4. Rubens, Suitil, Alguersari and Wickens and out of them Suitil and Alguersari were the strongest choices although i would personally rather see Rubens and Wickens take the last two seats

  3. adzz36 (@adzz36) said on 7th January 2012, 14:36

    Sutil @ Williams, Alguersauri @ HRT, then hopefully we can get rid of Trulli, Webber, de la Rosa, Maldonado after 2012.

  4. Mike (@mike) said on 7th January 2012, 14:52

    Barrichello at Williams. This one, I hope so much to come true. He deserves it.

    Sutil deserves a seat for sure, honestly, he is far better than many other drivers who do have seats.

    However, both Buemi, and my favorite of the two Alguersuari both deserve a seat, Jaime makes sense for HRT. But both deserve better.

    Petrov has worked hard though. But I’m not sure still.

  5. AlonsoFan-UK (@alonsofan-uk) said on 7th January 2012, 15:29

    Considering other circumstances, maldanado is binned from Williams because of the Venezuelan governments sponsorship issues, with Williams line up being Rubens and Sutil, whilst Trulli is replaced by Algersuari and the HRT seat going to either Petrov or preferably giving a new talent like Wickens a chance

  6. I picked Senna or Petrov mostly because I think these have a little experience but potential. Rubens have either had enough time in F1 but had their day or showed nothing or are rookies and would only benefit Williams if they had cash too.

  7. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher) said on 7th January 2012, 15:35

    one word: Aaaaaddrrriiiaaannnnn!

  8. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 7th January 2012, 16:05

    Chose Sutil to Williams and Jaime to HRT. But there are many others from the list who deserve to stay in F1: Senna, Petrov, Jerome, Liuzzi, Rubens. The first four of this list should find 3rd driver’s places like Buemi and wait for their chance. Rubens should announce his dignified retirement unless retained by Williams.

    Also Wickens and the unjustly forgotten Klien are way more deserving of a place in F1 than Pic and Maldonado.

    Nick’s time is up unfortunately. He should go to DTM.

    All the others don’t deserve to be in F1 as of now.

  9. sato113 (@sato113) said on 7th January 2012, 16:48

    Sutil to Williams, Wickens to HRT

  10. ltsh (@ltsh) said on 7th January 2012, 16:54

    i hate the fact that there are drivers in f1 that shouldnt be there such as maldonado and pedro de la rosa. i voted for dambrosio and lucas di grassi just because i thought their true talent wasnt shown in the virgin but i do know alot of drivers are in the same position as they were.

  11. onewingedangel (@onewingedangel) said on 7th January 2012, 17:03

    Bruno Senna to Williams

    Adrian Sutil to HRT

    …..and…..

    Jaime Alguersuari to Caterham

  12. hausi (@hausi) said on 7th January 2012, 17:09

    Nick Heidfeld is (aside from Rubens) the most experienced driver available. Renault putting the blame on him for their miserable season is simply cynical. He and Petrov regularily scored points while the car was driveable. Senna and Petrov weren’t able to do anything with it in the second half of the season. Williams knows Nick from their BMW days and, as I recall, Frank repeatedly lauded Heidfeld for his technical knowledge. I think he deserves another go in the Williams.

  13. Shimks (@shimks) said on 7th January 2012, 17:22

    I’ve just finished watching Senna (2010) for the first time. What an awesome, heart-wrenching film. A fantastic piece of filmmaking.

    I watched it today after reading this article and the thought struck me that his family wouldn’t in a million years allow him to drive for Williams after what happened. Of course, I could be wrong.

  14. Kamui Fan (@kamui-fan) said on 7th January 2012, 17:50

    Either Barrichello or Sutil at Williams

    Alguersuari or Petrov at HRT

    Senna wont return to HRT and im unsure about whether Williams will take him on. Best option would be Renault reserve

    d’Ambrosio was decent but wont find another seat. Possible Renault test driver

    All others arent good enough

  15. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 7th January 2012, 18:24

    Let’s hope Press Department fo Williams can take a look at our humble opinions and realize that not always F1 is about paid drivers, if you got some talented drivers, you can catch a juicy sponsors’ contract. I specially feel Alguersuari deserves a chance to grop in a F1 car, not just asw a test driver… he will have his chance sooner or later, remember how Hulkenberg needed that year off and now the wait pays well for him.

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