Has Nasr driven an F1 car? He had won F. BMW Europe in 2009, but BMW then sold up to Sauber and he didn’t get his test. They took on Gutierrez, who had won F. BMW USA the year before and already had the test with them. I thought he hadn’t been at the young driver tests until now (don’t know why).
Shows how the F1 teams will take talent over cash, in most cases, and added cash is a benefit – Calado had missed out on F1 running until this year as well. Sirotkin is too young just yet, but definitely talented.
Toro Rosso could take on Felix da Costa this year, giving Nasr another shot at the GP2 title, vs. Ericsson, Frijns (if there) and Rossi (likely still there), and FP1s, until Vergne is likely booted out next year and then Nasr can take his place for 2015. Sainz Jr and Kvyat will need more time to adapt to FR 3.5 or GP2 levels, so there is a gap there for Nasr, Frijns, Coletti, Wickens etc. whoever they would like to pick to replace Vergne.
I can’t see Sauber taking a 3 year option on Frijns (unless the extra years are for others to buy out if he does well), as they really need the cash of Gutierrez and Sirotkin, unless their plan is to run Frijns/Sirotkin in 2015. Surely Bianchi will be there next year, after a new Ferrari engine deal was done!