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Virgin line up

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by McPezza7 (U14199184) 15 December 2009
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Virgin have announced their line up as Timo Glock and Lucas Di Grassi

www.pitpass.com/fes_php/pitp...

What do people make of this? Di Grassi has shown some promise in GP2 when I've seen it and Renault have been keen on him as well. Timo Glock has perhaps shined on occasion but since Toyota has pulled out this is a good chance for him to step into a new team and really let his potential show.

Lets just hope we do get a chance to see what they are like but if they get caught behind the Lotus pairing every race...

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posted Dec 15, 2009

Am I surely alone in wondering why we have a new British team, based in Britain with British backing and not a single British driver in the three listed?

What signal does this give to up and coming British drivers?

Frank Williams took gambles on young drivers like Coulthard and Button and Colin Chapman also supported young British talent and Mclaren famously supported Hamilton for many years.

Where is that support now?

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comment by Galahad (U1645165)

posted Dec 15, 2009

John Booth and Manor have supported a huge number of young British drivers over the years, including Lewis Hamilton.

Once you get to F1, selection should be based on ability, not nationality. Unfortunately it isn't always the case, and di Grassi may be contributing towards the budget - I would suspect so. So perhaps it's more a question of what British businesses can do to support up-and-coming drivers, and what the drivers themselves can do in terms of self-promotion?

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comment by gd2 (U1119707)

posted Dec 15, 2009

The likes of Adam Carroll, Anthony Davidson, Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffet couldn't have done more on the track. It seems money still talks but it's very disappointing that so much British money is supporting Brazilian, German and Portugeuse drivers.

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posted Dec 15, 2009

hopefully the team will fail and take with it the arrogance of the man ... Branson talks like he was intrumental in Brawns success, however he has shown that he hasn't a clue about motorsport.

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posted Dec 15, 2009

quicksesh.

Virgin GP is NOT Richard Branson's F1 team. It is a marketing vehicle (If you excuse the pun) for Virgin, yes, but it is the F1 team of Manor, and more particularly John Booth.

Personally, I wouldn't wish any F1 team to fail, irrespective of any commercial agreements they may have!

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posted Dec 15, 2009

I think Davidson deserves a seat! Maybe a surprise winner of the Renault seat?

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posted Dec 15, 2009

anthony davidson deserves a seat somewhere although it's now looking very unlikely. im glad that lucas has his opportunity though. timo was deserving of another drive and now he gets to lead the team for the first time. good luck to branson and virgin.

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posted Dec 15, 2009

Why does Davidson deserve a seat?

I'm just curious not looking for a fight. I follow a lot of F1 and neccs the other catogries. I remember him having one good result in the Super Aguri which was interesting but so many people seem to be a fan of him. Is it just because he commentates or has he done something I've missed?

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posted Dec 15, 2009

RasputinLives

When Anthony Davison was BAR/Honda 3rd driver like Kubica for BMW he was putting in quick and impressive lap times and is highly regarded for his technical ability to set up the car

His performance in Turkey 2007 when the Super Aguri qualified 11th was nothing short of amazing

You have to ask why HOnda kept Davison as the tester and not Takuma Sato given the Japanese influence. Clearly Ant has ability behind the wheel which the engineers are impressed by

Obviously this season behind the commentary box he compliments David Croft very well with his driver's view

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posted Dec 15, 2009

I was amazed to read that Nick Wirth plans not to use a windtunnel and that,"The loop of digital design is key to our operation," Wirth said. "

Eh? Mind, those Simteks looked liked they didn't have much wind tunnel input...

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