Zurich Gnome

The journal of a Swiss-based motor-racing enthusiast.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Empty Seats

If you're a wannabe Formula 1 driver, and by that I mean someone that is actually in with a chance - not just someone like me, there aren't many opportunities left for next year. Of the manufacturer teams, there's only one space open - the number two drive at BMW Sauber.

There were rumours that the young Englishman, Dan Wheldon, was in the frame but now he's signed for Chip Ganassi and will be staying in the States. It's strange in a way that pundits, myself included, are saying that the BMW seat is up for grabs. Jacques Villeneuve has a contract to drive and insists he'll be racing. But he didn't prove himself to be as quick as expected last year. If he does get the drive and can't keep close to Heidfeld, the contract may well be terminated.

Christian Klien, Scott Speed and Tonio Liuzzi look set to take the remaining Red Bull / Toro Rosso drives, which just leaves a drive at MF1, if you happen to have around $10 million burning a hole in your pocket.

Unless Super Aguri come up with the goods that is. If they really are going to race next year, then there's still three drives going. Maybe it's just worth getting into shape.


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