Nick- It doesnt make sense to me. Cant Timo with all his years (about 100 GP I think) bring some cash?? And cant Heiki????? I hope Senna brings cash and gets a drive but seeing these guys via for the worst seat shits me- but what I am saying is that I think they would rather driver F1.
While Heikki has said he doesn’t ‘want’ to pay for a seat, I also think for both Glock and Kovalainen it’s pretty difficult to find personal sponsors who are willing to pay the amount drivers like Senna or Maldonado bring. Don’t forget, while Germany and Finland might be doing fine economically, there aren’t a lot of sponsors from either country and those who are there, are deeply committed to a team already. It’s hard to find companies in the Western part of the world and as an experienced GP driver, it must be harder to explain to some CEO or Marketing Manager why, after all those years, you need money to retain that seat or even convince them you’re still improving as a driver.
Formula One always has more drivers looking at it and even who deserve to be there based on performances in feeder series, but we’ve seen a lot of competent drivers out of F1 in the past due to all kinds of circumstances. If you’re not a Vettel-Hamilton-Alonso-Raikkonen kind of driver, after a couple of years, it will be harder to find a seat. It has always been that way, except for pay drivers at financially unstable teams. And right now, a lot of F1 teams need money, perhaps more than they need experience, no matter how much their needs to develop should mean otherwise.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Di Resta loses his seat; he loses it to a pay driver.
I think we’re in for a good silly season for 2014 as well. Kobayashi will be looking for a comeback, there will be more GP2 and WSR 3.5 graduates looking for a seat, what will Webber do, etc, etc…