Who’s missing at Jerez?
October 7, 2009 8 Comments
With the 3-day Jerez list published in a previous post, we see 9 regular 2009 GP2 drivers missing. Though this is not necessarily strange, I wanted to hypothesize on why they were not driving around the Spanish circuit.
- Karun Chandhok: I follow KC on Twitter and he has been active in his role as a TV commentator. Apart from that, he is on many F1 lists – mainly at Force India.
- Alvaro Parente: I was sure we would see him at Jerez with Ocean, but he’s nowhere to be seen. Clearly budget has always been an issue with Alvaro, so maybe he elected to sit this one out. Another reason, judging by the Ocean driver lineup, is that Monteiro has decided to make some cash during these 3 days. At a conservative €20k per driver, Ocean could rack up €120k in revenues this week. Not bad..
- Vitaly Petrov: The runner-up has probably outgrown his GP2 days. He is on “the list” for Campos F1 and many see him there – though it is still highly unlikely that Campos will be in F1 next year due to budget problems. If this falls through, will Vitaly take another shot at GP2?
- Javier Villa: The eternal test day top-5 guy is missing from Jerez. He had a decent season with Super Nova but has probably saved his limited budget for a March test or for next year. He has little options other that repeating GP2 next year, when he would become one of the serious veterans.
- Lucas diGrassi: Employed as Renault F1 3rd driver, Lucas has no reason to be at Jerez.
- Sergio Pérez: As commented with Fletcher in comments of other posts, a mystery why he’s not at Jerez. His sponsor (Telmex) is still visible on the Arden cars, so we would expect him – or another Mexican – with Christian Horner’s team. My only theory is that, just like Ocean, Arden wants to make some extra cash from the Jerez tests.
- The others: Luca Filippi, Andy Zuber and Davide Rigon – I assume are due to budget issues.
Let’s see how many of these fail to show up at Paul Ricard next month…