I’d love to have a female driver in Formula 1, but not for the sake of having here there. She needs to be good enough to have a super-licence and to be on the grid.
Either Valtteri Bottas or Robert Wickens deserve a seat the most out of anyone who isn’t on the grid right now. They both have junior records in lower category Formulae’s that are just about unmatched. How on earth neither of them currently have a seat in F1 is madness. At least Bottas looks like he will replace Senna soon; but that Wickens can’t even get close to open-wheel racing right now due lack of finances is a travesty.
So Marussia have a reserve driver that is not able to drive the car!
Maria de Villota is not Marussia’s reserve driver. She never was. She is officially designated as their test driver. Because of this, Marussia do not actually have a reserve driver, which is entirely their choice and hardly a mark of incompetence – Sauber did not have a reserve driver in 2010, for instance.
In order to take part in the race, you must first qualify the car. Glock sat out qualifying in the hopes that he would be fit for the race. He wasn’t, so Marussia were unable to put anyone in the car for the race.