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Big Blue

Pay driver musical chairs

So Chilton gives way to Rossi so Marussia have more dough. I'm guessing Rossi can't be any worse than Chilton as nobody else has been in my memory.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/28887289
DetmoldDick

I thought for a moment that the Doctor was finally coming to F1.
Tim

I think it's just been announced that Chilton is back in from FP2 onwards.
Eff One

Re: Pay driver musical chairs

Big Blue wrote:
I'm guessing Rossi can't be any worse than Chilton as nobody else has been in my memory.


There have been much, much worse drivers than Chilton. There are plenty of others more deserving but he doesn't actually disgrace himself. Unlike Alex Yoong, Ricardo Rosset and Giovanni Lavaggi, to name but three.

Anyway, he's back in this weekend as stated above.

Quite what Caterham are playing at I've no idea. Kobayashi is one of their best assets. Andre Lotterer is a superb driver - probably the best in the LMP1 field - but he can hardly be expected to shine in a (shit) car he's never driven, in a formula he has virtually no experience of.
Martin

There have been worse drivers than Chilton.  He's not the fastest, but he doesn't make stupid mistakes and when you're at the back of the grid, not binning the car so you get maximum exposure and minimum costs is the most important thing!
PR

Chilton actually has a pretty good finishing record, doesn't he?

Lavaggi was one of the last of the old school, wealthy 'gentleman racer' breed. I can't imaging someone like him ever turning up in F1 these days. Rosset was utterly hopeless - I remember standing on the outside of the approach to Stowe at a Silverstone F1 test in 1998 and, at a point where the quick guys would pass and stay flat, Rosset would come by with his brake discs already glowing red.
Eff One

PR wrote:
Chilton actually has a pretty good finishing record, doesn't he?

Lavaggi was one of the last of the old school, wealthy 'gentleman racer' breed. I can't imaging someone like him ever turning up in F1 these days. Rosset was utterly hopeless - I remember standing on the outside of the approach to Stowe at a Silverstone F1 test in 1998 and, at a point where the quick guys would pass and stay flat, Rosset would come by with his brake discs already glowing red.


I had exactly the same experience at Copse watching Alex Yoong in 2002, I think. Mark Webber was his teammate in the Minardi; while Webber was easily flat through Copse, Yoong was droning through on a trailing throttle.

Where Chilton is a few tenths slower than Bianchi, Yoong was a full four seconds a lap slower than Webber.

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