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Button has lost his appeal and must stay at BAR or not drive at all for 2005
Too right really, BAR have provided Button with a very strong package all season he certainly had no right to break his contract early...
21-10-04, 12:07 PM
should put heidfeld in there...
seems about the only option now.
Williams may be able to buy Button out of his BAR contract. Money talks in F1.
Another rumour was that Barichello would move to take #1 driver spot at BAR. Now that would be interesting! Open up a spare seat at FErari.
There were also rumblings that Rubens was being courted to go to Williams alongside Webber before the whole Buttongate thing happened.
A few hypotheticals...and some BIG ifs in here...
IF Rubens left Ferrari I'd expect to see Felipe Massa into the #2 seat. He could do learning from a guy like Schuey. Also he's managed by Nicolas Todt.... ;) You would also see Vitantonio Liuzzi move to Sauber and mentored by Jacques for his debut season. Again, Liuzzi is another long-term Ferrari signing.
IF Jenson ends up at Williams, I would expect to see Anthony Davidson take the race drive available. He's been fast in testing and on Fridays, and is pretty arrogant about his ability. Put up or shut up time.
IF Jenson stays at BAR, I'd like to see David Coulthard back at Williams. He could have a 2 year contract - 1 year of racing, then testing in 2006 as he will be well an truly ready to retire after having his arse handed to him by Webber through 2005 :D
This would leave Williams open for Jenson to come over in 2006, and for them to pension off Marc Gene, who is a nice enough guy, and a good tester, but I don't believe he's great at developing a racecar. It's also a possibility that DC could go to the new Midlands or Dubai F1 teams as they will need someone established and a good test-driver. They also have plenty of money in order to convince him to spend the remainder of his twilight years there... ;)
Massa hasn't impressed me this year Nafe and I'm not sure that he has impressed Ferrari either, we haven't heard any rumblings on the Massa/Ferrari connection for quite a while now.
Arguably putting Davidson in the race seat would be a step backwards for BAR. Not that he is a bad driver, but the team have moved up a level in quality and speed this year and if they want to maintain their position in the constructors championship in 2005, they really need a reliable, experienced driver.
DC for Williams for sure. They don't need an up and comer to fill Button's seat, they need a stopgap until he gets there in '06.
Nothing short of a WC will make Button want to stay at BAR - and we all know that Webber's going to win next year :lol:
DC back to Williams remember!
I agree, I think Ferrari may be looking to Liuzzi as a possible contender in a year or two rather than Massa. I think Massa may need some guidance though, and Fisichella isn't the man to do it. But a Schuey could be the influence needed.
Look at Sato initially, he was pretty ragged and overhyped too, and now.....well, he's not as ragged.... :D
Davidson doesn't have the experience to lead BAR, and neither does Sato. So who will lead them in 2006? Maybe DC after his season warming up Jenson's seat at Williams? ;)
I don't really care, Webber is the man in the box seat now. Whoever he gets as a teammate, will end up his Number 2. Pizzaboy has a mental fragility now against Webber, especially when Webber beat him home when he was standing in for Ralf. That had to hurt! Calling your previous team's car a bucket of poo, and then following it all race and being unable to pass it......
I have the video of Pizzonia rolling the Jaguar S-type R with a journo in it if anyone's interested. It's some funny shit!
Ahh yes some interesting developments indeed. Very interesting comments Nathan about Gene, he is a solid test driver as you said but the development of the car over the past two seasons has been dismal really, apart from BMW's input. Another reason why Webber is such a prized asset to any team is his ability to provide good feedback and help develop a car - just like Rossi is able to do in MotoGP. It does seem that whoever becomes Williams second driver will be playing second fiddle to Webber even though Frank Williams has always had a two man team setup.
I think DC would be the perfect choice for Williams at this stage, he is still quick enough as he has shown this season, he is not a prima donna and he will get the job done for Frank.
I can't wait for Melbourne next year!
I tried to download that link of Pizzonia rolling the Jag but the link was dead. I'd love to see it :)
WRT Massa and Luizzi, I guess it is going to be very hard for Ferrari to replace a driver like M Schumacher. In reality we probably won't see another driver as good as him for at least 10 years. So they will probably have to just accept a driver like Rubens or DC leading the team - they're not going to win every race but they're mature and in the top 6 drivers in the field.
DC in a Ferrari, I'd like to see that!
I think Rubens will make a decent team leader, but I'm thinking when Schuey leaves, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne may decide they've had enough too. If that happens, Rubens could well be captaining a sinking ship :(
I'll upload the vid and post a link. It's a riot :)
I meant a driver alike them, in mentality and skill. Not actually DC in a Ferrari.. ha!
Here it is....
Pizzonia rolling the Jaguar S-Type (http://www.nathanwong.com/files/pizzonia.wmv)
What the fuck was he thinking!?
"Funny, I usually brake there in my other Jaguar...."
"No way Webber is gonna do a faster lap than meeeeeeeeeeeee......."
"Oh that's right, this car DOESN'T have slicks........."
I like the comment of 'No Way' coming from the fella riding shotgun hehe
notice how unfazed Pizza boy looked about the whole stack?
Didn't exactly look surprised he'd just crashed the thing and nearly killed a passenger....
Guess when you write off that many vehicles it's just second nature :rolleyes:
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