Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Suzuka, 2011

‘F1 is an auction’ says Alguersuari after missing drive

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Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Suzuka, 2011In the round-up: Jaime Alguersuari is the latest driver to criticise the F1 driver market after missing out on a chance to drive in 2013.


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Alguersuari says Formula One has become an auction (Reuters)

“Those who committed themselves with me have given me reasons that I must accept but that I do not share. F1 has become an auction.”

Formula One TV viewing hits the skids (The Guardian)

“For the first time, the report did not publish a total figure for the global TV audience, which in 2011 was 515 million. But the 2012 audience is thought to be just over 500 million, when declines in China and other markets is counterbalanced with countries where F1 viewing is growing.”

‘Axed drivers used up chances’ (Sky)

Martin Brundle: “They all had their chances to shine. Maybe that sounds a bit brutal, but they had their chances to shine. Just like when I got kicked out of F1, you had your chances, nothing else was there and it’s about the fresh blood.”

Rosberg denies Mercedes destabilised (Autosport)

“This season shouldn’t be affected much at all, not initially anyway because the main people in charge of building this car haven’t changed. So there is still a lot of stability in that region.”

Georgie Thompson leaves Sky?s F1 team (The F1 Broadcasting Blog)

“Natalie Pinkham will replace Thompson as presenter of the magazine programme The F1 Show.”


Comment of the day

@Vickyy’s thoughts on Force India:

This team confuses me a lot.

Every now and then we hear about collapse, owners in trouble (both) and just faint signs of second driver while we are approaching all important second test.

On the other hand, the above effectively sounding simulator plan, wind tunnel investment, new sponsors etc. makes me wonder where exactly this team is heading to.

Although, I am very impressed with their (and Sauber) productive use of not-mighty resources which was very effectively translated to results in second half of 2012, scored in every race from Spa to Interlagos, lead for good 30 laps in Interlagos.

Lets hope this team is immune to the turmoil back in India and scores some miracles in coming season.

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On this day in F1

One year ago today Caterham confirmed that Jarno Trulli was being ushered out of the team to make way for Vitaly Petrov, despite Trulli having already tested the team’s new car:

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106 comments on “‘F1 is an auction’ says Alguersuari after missing drive”

  1. I agree with both Brundle and Alguersuari here.

    I agree with Brundle because in Formula 1, you either perform, or stop wasting everyone’s time and go somewhere else. Formula 1 is meant to be the highest echelon of motorsport, so teams are not going to humour a driver who is merely good when they demand the very best.

    But at the same time, I agree with Alguersuari because there are drivers being forced out of the sport before their time, and they are getting replaced with second-tier drivers who make up for the shortfalls in their talent with money. We’ve lost Timo Glock, Kamui Kobayashi and Heikki Kovalainen whist gaining Giedo van der Garde, Luiz Razia and Max Chilton – and that’s not an even trade. If we could all make a perfect grid, listing the twenty-two drivers who deserve to be on grid more than anyone else, how many of us would list van der Garde, Razia and Chilton before Glock, Kobayashi and Kovalainen?

      1. @crr917 – I usually measure drivers on potential: if a rookie has good results in the lower categories he has lots of potential, whereas an “old hand” doesn’t have much potential to progress from where they are, so if they will likely remain midfielders I’d rather see them replaced with fresh blood. Not however if that fresh blood is Razia, so I agree with @prisoner-monkeys.

      2. @crr917 – Sometimes you see a driver, and you just know that he will one day race in Formula 1, and that going through the feeder series is simply a formality. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Antonio Felix da Costa stand out as perfect examples of this. On the other hand, you have drivers like Luiz Razia, who only experienced success in GP2 in his fourth season, and only experienced it because there weren’t any standout drivers fighting for the title.

    1. Red Bull – Vettel/Webber
      McLaren – Raikkonen/Hulkenberg
      Ferrari – Alonso/Button
      Lotus – Grosjean/Massa
      Sauber – Perez/Frijns
      FI – Bianchi/Kobayashi
      STR – Riccardo/Vergne
      Caterham – Pic/Petrov
      Marrusia – Costa/Gutierrez

  2. Issue I have is that Jamie to shouldn’t be disappointed because he brings in money as well as we saw before he got the boot. There are plenty of drivers in the past decade that shouldn’t have had a drive just because their pocktes were lined. The main issue I have is when drivers like Frijins are passed up to reserve, but other new F1 drivers are given a full seat and and only due to money (outside looking in) that is worrying. Then when a team like FI that we know needs the money, holds an auction for the final seat rather than putting in a new guy like a Hulkenburg that can get them noticed again, it worries fans more. The point is the idea of a diminishing return, we all know teams need money to compete with the big guys, and hiring drives with sponsors bring in the money; what I don’t want to see though are more average guys while the real merit drivers drive another season in the feeder series.

    Either way I don’t like it, but at the same time it’s tough, because during a financial meltdown the mid pack teams were brought to the brink, and lower top tier teams had to leave. Teams like Toyota (who spent the most some years), Honda, BMW which are big names couldn’t afford a sport, which means mid field had to adjust to that and find new engine suppliers. Howeve,r with a lack of money, means a lack of engineering resources that are able to fight Ferrari, Mclaren, RBR and Merc GP and then teams have to hire paid drivers. So the issue then becomes a paid driver in an already bad car due to lack of resources before that driver came on.

  3. Thank you, Sky, you’ve seen sense and ended this pointless tokenism. Georgie made it abundantly clear that she was completely uninterested in F1 and that she knew nothing about, and often just regurgitated a few F1 words she had remembered in a serious voice, or just talked about “psychological effect” during interviews. What actually was her GP weekend role? She stood next to Anthony Davidson at the SkyPad, nodded at bit, pretended she was listening, and stared longingly at “Ant” before rounding things up by saying something completely irrelevant in her newsreader voice. The only real reason she stayed was that she had a blatant crush on “Ant”. OK Sky, you’ve mended one mistake, don’t make another by giving Natalie all those ridiculous outfits that you squeezed Georgie into last year, you’ve just got rid of Lord Leveson, you don’t need a whole load of feminists on your back now.

  4. Brundle is talking rubbish. He had 12 years to shine, now drivers are being thrown in younger than ever and given only 2 years – so late developers are given no opportunity whatsoever. (And if they’re driving alongside another new driver, who’s to know what is car and what is driver).

    You want the best drivers in F1, regardless of age or how many years they’ve had, and there are a host of better drivers sitting on the sidelines. Truth is, even old man Rubens would still out-drive some of the nonentities on the grid this year.

    1. @2dafffid I 100% agree Brundle has no room to talk especially when the guys complaining have only been in an F1 seat for as little as a year. Brundle was never going to be a champion we saw that, and he got to drive for some of the best teams a couple of them during their peak or second best on the grid.

  5. The Georgie Thompson thing seems more like speculation to me still. After all, the blog post does specifically say “this has not been officially confirmed”. A few of us were speculating similarly on Twitter during the F1 show, but until it is confirmed by Sky, I wouldnt take it as truth as that just sounds like a blog post based purely on the speculation to me. (I even speculated that she was not there as she was busy sorting out her make-up ready for round 1 in Australia :P)

  6. Did ya see what they did there – quoted UK audience in millions in the hope that nobody would notice. Well I have a calculator – and my estimation is a 12% drop in UK TV viewing figures in one year! That’s a disaster! If F1 was a quoted company – their share price would have just bombed. How does Bernie get away with it?

  7. I know this is beating a dead horse, but..
    If we had testing for up and coming talent, I think the grid would look very different. Bottas is a good example. He got Friday sessions last year and really lit it up. If testing was allowed and only drivers with little or no actual GP racing experience must be used, we would get to see the stars of tomorrow. Maybe even have all these “pay” drivers or people with sponsorship pay the smaller teams to test, it would help us all. We see more of F1. The small teams get an influx of cash, and new talent is showcased. It would be a win win.

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