His round the outside move on Magnussen at turn 3 in Sochi was the best overtaking move i can recall this year, other than the Bahrain Merc battle. Cool guy, great racer, Le Mans for Nissan here he comes..
Or a seat in the third Porsche. Hopefully he can find something good for a season until he gets another chance in F1. Too much talent to go to waste. He must be gutted that he was so close to being promoted to Red Bull and now he has no seat at all.
I find it weird that Sauber chose Ericsson for next season despite the fact that he isn’t that flash but Vergne is out on the street. Surely Vergne would have been a better bet and they could have got him for next to nothing.
Replying to myself here to continue the rant but Sauber really annoy me at the moment. Looking at their drivers this season, both race and reserve, they are all there because of the money they bring… Sutil, Gutierrez, Sorotkin and Fong. Bugger all talent there. I hope Sauber aren’t wondering too hard about why they didn’t score any points this year. Car was average but the drivers were even less so. At least Nasr has potential but with the possibility of Vergne, Magnussen and Button all fighting for a seat by December it would have made sense to wait on the second seat.
Absolutely – it was so cool I jumped up and said “yeah!” – I had been thinking that corner would look awesome in a passing situation and JEV did it – it looked pretty ballsy. JEV was fabulous this year, he can hold his head high – if anyone deserved a seat with a good team, it was him.
Was JEV fairly evenly matched with Daniel Ricciardo race wise, but let down by qualifying? It seems that Kvyat’s stand out qualifying and peak races made the difference. From a decision point of view it reminds me of Raikkonen vs Heidfeld at Sauber in 2001. Any F1 possibilities remaining?
The shot on the world feed right after Maldonado’s internal combustion unit turned into an external combustion unit was telling. When a driver stops, car spectacularly ablaze, and the reaction in the team garage is twenty mechanics convulsed with laughter, you know something’s not quite right.
JEV was driving like a man-possessed in the 2nd half of 2014. Too bad his father is not a major shareholder and CEO of an insurance company. Or perhaps he needs to find a girlfriend whose Dad owns a fashion house portfolio. Or maybe he should have been born in a corrupt Marxo-fascist South American Country. Or perhaps…
It seems really odd in this sport that the best drivers don’t actually get to drive all the time. It seems like luck and rich parents/friends trump driving ability. This would never fly in other sports.
On a brighter note, it seems that our man Finbarr took actually Joe’s advice — assembled enough bits and enough people and enough money to get to Abu Dhabi and even to run Stevens in the test, with the result that the world knows that Caterham is still there and still able to race, and has at least a chance of surviving.
And am I the only one who has a sneaking admiration for him putting on the shirt and sitting on the pitwall, playing the role even though he must have felt a little ridiculous? It’s like something out of Eric Ambler — mild-mannered accountant suddenly called upon to wade into the Piranha Club and preserve the Caterham team, with hundreds of millions of people watching.
Sorry… But Toro Rosso exists to bring on talent for RBR. It doesn’t matter that JEV would have been the perfect foil for the young Verstappen as RBR get to find out how Max copes without him. If he doesn’t cope… He’ll get two seasons followed by a career in sportscars. Harsh… But it’s a meritocracy that gets kids with little backing ip the racing ladder.
This is true, but what is the point of monopolising the best talent and then killing off some when they don’t deserve it? That is matter of opinion, of course, but if I were a young driver I’d only sell my soul to Red Bull if I absolutely have to. Most of them do that because they have no choice. However it does not make JEV a driver with the same sort of ability as a Ricciardo.
Hmmm, it does make you wonder though, doesn’t it, given how close JEV was to Ricciardo last year, whether he could have beaten Vettel too by almost the same margin? And yet Vettel’s off to Ferrari for mega-bucks whereas JEV has no drive. You wonder why the positions aren’t reversed with the team saving themselves a great deal of money…
F1 Metrics has an interesting post, using mathematical analysis to rank drivers, independent of car, by points scoring, and came to the conclusion that Hulkenberg and Vergne were the best drivers never to score a podium.
Hulk almost won in a Force India.. so if Vergne was in a Red Bull, I imagine he would have clocked up around 200 points this year.
The importance of money (having it, bringing it, not having it) is damaging so many facets of F1. It’s worrisome, frustrating and fatiguing. I hope the sport can right itself somehow, but I’m not optimistic. Lately, I’ve been impressed by the competition in the WRC and WEC. Excellent racing without all the behind-the-scenes drama that is today’s F1.
IIRC everyone that has been ejected by STR are also gone from F1 completely. So until another team actually picks up one of them (and turns them into a winner), its hard to argue that Marko has made the wrong decisions since every other team principal voted the same way with their wallets.
He had three years thanks to RB; may not have been an F3 winner either without them. A little more class than “thanks for those years” was called for, I think. Anyway, hope to see him with Nissan in WEC or elsewhere.
It’s a great shame JEV is gone, as he does have a lot of talent, and in a sensible world, he’d find a seat. However, there are no seats as there are too few seats these days. It’s pretty obvious that there will be fewer seats soon, it really is lunacy on the part of the Circus Ringleader, the Team Principals, the Sponsors,CVC and the FIA. I cannot comprehend the crass stupidity and greed of all those people. Qatar GP? Snortttt! Soon the Tilke circuits will have at best 12 cars on them maybe? And they will look pretty lonely in the vast space that Herr Tilke creates for his hugely wealthy clients.
Do none of the participants in F1 see where this is all going? It beggars belief it really does. And here there are folk who just ramble on about what a great season this has been and how much they are looking forward to 2015….can’t they see a disaster unfolding before their eyes?
Not that long ago, when teams like Ferrari, Lotus, McLaren, Williams were really all about the actual racing, a guy like JEV would have been snapped up and had a real shot at the title. It is tragic that F1 takes talented drivers, puts them in cars that cannot compete with the 3 or 4 best teams and then spits them out as useless. Back in the day, one or two good guys would get passed over, but usually the cream hit the top series. Now it’s all down to how much money you can bring…..are you any good, don’t matter, just show us your cash and the PR department will fob the fans off with some concoction about how you are of course, a huge talent waiting to become WCD, whilst we all think, who the hell is he?? What’s he done to get that seat? Oh, yeah, of course, he’s got money behind him that’s why he is there, and a talented guy isn’t!
Now, I’m not saying that such as Carlos Sainz Jnr isn’t talented, nor Max V either, it’s just that to write off a 24 year old who has proven ability, in favour of a Rookie, seems to make no sense to me, unless you are not a real racing team.
Red Bull clearly are only interested in drivers that are going to be World Champions.
Develop the two best drivers in F1 who can win the WDC and the WCC will take care of itself. Once you have one (Ricciardo).
JEV, like Buemi and Alguersuari before him, is a fast guy who will collect points and win a few races in a car that is capable of winning, but challenging a World Championship?
The answer is obvious.
Therefore they can afford to be ruthless when soneone comes along that has the potential to be better.
I sometimes question Red Bull’s logic. They spend hundreds of millions running 2 teams in F1; fair enough if that is their wish. However, team 2, Toro Rosso, is to develop drivers for team 1, Red Bull, who have the potential to be world champions. Worked well with Vettel, looks like it can work for Ricciardo. Surely, though, it would be cheaper for Red Bull to sell Toro Rosso and just buy top-line drivers for a good few million per year, instead of shelling out such vast sums running an entire jnr team and then every few years pluck a driver out for promotion? I understand their interest in home-grown talent etc, but it seems incredibly expensive! Particularly when a decent talent like Vergne is given the axe. Hope he finds a good race seat next year in a good series, rather than some testing slot in F1 with about 90 laps all year…..