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Ricciardo to replace Karthikeyan!

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  • #173105
    Asanator
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    He has obviously Impressed both RedBull and Torro Rosso enough in the pre season test and first practice session for them both to want to give him some race experience. HRT could do with finishing as high up the championship order as possible for financial reasons and Ricciardo (who could be the next best thing….ya never know)is probably a better option to help them do that than Karthikeyan.

    NK will still race in India giving them the attention and financial rewards of running an Indian in his home GP whilst getting a better driver for their money.

    It’s not like HRT are known for either driver loyalty or following an ethos of driver continuation as a baseline for car development. Does anyone really think that Kartikeyan is being considered for a contract renewal based on his performances this year?

    #173106

    I love how HRT they say they’ll bring Karthikeyan back in for India, shamelessly admitting to the world that he’s literally in the team for no reason at all apart from the money.

    #173107
    damonsmedley
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    Prisoner Monkeys, the fact that you didn’t even bother to reply to my post is interesting…

    Anyway, you’re saying you don’t like him because he hasn’t proven himself to be likable, but at the same time you’re able to dislike him – despite the fact he hasn’t proven himself to be unlikable. Erm… what?

    You’re obviously very intelligent, but sometimes I wonder if you’re having an opinion just for the sake of having an opinion, even if it doesn’t make sense or happen to be what you believe in.

    #173108
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    Prisoner Monkeys, the fact that you didn’t even bother to reply to my post is interesting…

    It probably has something to do with the fact that I have a resident who needs to be signed out of her room before she leaves my college tomorrow.

    Erm… what?

    I believe a driver should be entitled to a chance to prove himself. However, when all I get is people telling me just how fabulous he is and how he’s a sure thing for success, I tend to intensely dislike them because the represent people who just latch on to something that comes their way.

    #173109
    damonsmedley
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    I think you’re being way too harsh on him. I’m not sure if you’re referring to me when you say people “keep telling you how fabulous he is”, but I can only assume you’re not because I never said anything like that. I don’t think he’s any quicker than any other rookie, but intense dislike for someone purely because people overrate him is so silly and unjustified. If you intensely dislike the people that tell you he’s “a sure thing for success”, then fair enough – you’ve given us a reason. But it just seems you’re trying to be different to everyone else to start a debate, you know, like a (dare I say it?) troll.

    It probably has something to do with the fact that I have a resident who needs to be signed out of her room before she leaves my college tomorrow.

    But you found time to select who you’d like to reply to. I’m not buying that.

    #173110
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    But you found time to select who you’d like to reply to. I’m not buying that.</blokquote>

    I’m not ignoring you. I just wasn’t paying 100% attention to the thread.

    #173111
    speed046
    Member

    It is hard to believe unless confirmed,

    who will sponsor hrt if Karthikeyan is replaced?

    most of hrt’s sponsor are karthikeyan’s backer.

    #173112
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    who will sponsor hrt if Karthikeyan is replaced?

    Did you mean:

    who will sponsor hrt?

    #173113
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    If he does replace Karthikeyan, which I don’t believe, it would be the wrong decision in my opnion. No driver should forge ahead so much. Vettel did in 2006 and he proved he was ready for F1, but we still know too little about him to know if he would be competitive in F1.

    Also, if he did enter F1 and was competitive, that would ruin Liuzzi’s career!

    #173114
    Prisoner Monkeys
    Participant

    Liuzzi has a career? You are aware he’s driving for Hispania, right?

    #173115
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @Prisoner Monkeys

    Ricciardo has results to support his potential for a Formula 1 drive; Gutierrez does not (but Valencia was a start).

    Gutierrez has won the GP3 championship last year and now in GP2 has won a race (something his team mate, the greatly-rated Bianchi, Ferrari’s reserve driver, still hasn’t managed, in the Main Series). Ricciardo has arrived 2nd in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. I think Gutierrez has more results to support his F1 drive than Ricciardo. This doesn’t mean I don’t rate Ricciardo, just that Ricciardo has no rights on debuting before Gutierrez, based on the results they have achieved up to now.

    #173116
    Prisoner Monkeys
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    Gutierrez has won the GP3 championship last year and now in GP2 has won a race (something his team mate, the greatly-rated Bianchi, Ferrari’s reserve driver, still hasn’t managed, in the Main Series).

    Gutierrez won that GP2 race after he was passed over for the Sauber seat.

    I think Gutierrez has more results to support his F1 drive than Ricciardo.

    Both Gutierrez and Ricciardo are in young driver development programs. They’ll get promoted to Formula 1 when the people running those programs feel they are ready. The difference is that one program is run by Peter Sauber, and the other by Helmut Marko, who have very different management styles.

    #173117
    Felipe Bomeny
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    I’m surprised it was Narain that got the boot and not Liuzzi (not performance-wise, though) because Tata (Narian’s primary sponsor) is virtually the title sponsor for HRT. Likewise, Liuzzi is a much better benchmark for Ricciardo’s performance, so Red Bull must have payed a lot of money to overpower the Tata influence.

    I am going to go out on a limb and say that Red Bull are so desperate to give Ricciardo a seat due to fear of him losing his coveted Formula Renault 3.5 Series campaign to Robert Wickens, Kevin Korjus, or even more embarassingly, Jean-Eric Vergne (a fellow Red Bull junior stablemate who has gotten far less testing oppurtuninties and exposure than his Australian competitor). This would be the third time Red Bull management pulled a driver mid-season from the World Series (following Vettel and Alguersuari).

    #173118
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Gutierrez won that GP2 race after he was passed over for the Sauber seat.

    One race still makes little difference though. By the way, is GP2 nearer to F1 than Formula Renault 3.5? In that case Gutierrez has more rights in entering F1 just for being there.

    I am not saying Gutierrez should be in F1 and Ricciardo should be karting, but I think both have the same rights to enter F1. Sauber said the program he has for Gutierrez is a long-term one, bringing him into F1 not prematurely, so I see why he wasn’t chosen to replace de la Rosa.

    #173119
    AndrewTanner
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    This is a bit it a gamble for Ricciardo. If he can’t compete relatively well against Liuzzi then STR and RBR will have their answer.

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