There is just 50 days remaining until the first race of the 2010 Formula One Season at Sakhir in Bahrain, there is still many questions to be answered. Drivers are still on the move, and the future of USF1 and Campos are still unknown.
At this point, these next 50 days will have to be full of organizing and action in order for teams to get properly established. Let’s take a look at what is left to be done here.
- Renault has one vacant seat.
- USF1 has yet to sign any drivers. Jose Maria Lopez has a conditional deal with the team.
- Campos has one vacant seat.
- Scuderia Toro Rosso has one vacant seat that is rumoured to be secured by Jamie Alguersauri.
So let’s say that Alguersuari does in fact have that STR seat locked. With the Lopez deal, that leaves 4 seats remaining, and 2 drivers looking for a team. Those two drivers are Nick Heidfeld, and Christian Klien, with the possibility of Giancarlo Fisichella being on the market as well.
Klien and Fisichella aren’t at the same calibre as Heidfeld at this point in their careers. Given that, Nick should be Renault’s first choice, however, Giancarlo did have a stint with Renault from 2005 to 2007, winning the 2005 Australian Grand Prix for the team.
Unfortunately for the fledging teams, Fisichella is currently a test driver with Ferrari, and will likely stay that way until the end of this season, this opens the door for Heidfeld to step in with Renault.
While Heidfeld has indeed never won a Formula One Grand Prix before, he has amassed an impressive 219 points, and 12 Podium finishes during his 169 races in Formula One. He is definitely Renault’s first choice at this point.
Another driver in the hunt for a F1 seat, is Christian Klien. Klien, who is looking to reclaim a seat as a Top 2 Driver with an F1 team, has raced with Jaguar Racing and Red Bull Racing in between 2004 and 2007, also test driving with Honda during 2007, and currently is a test driver with the BMW Sauber F1 team.
Klien was reportedly in “serious negotiations” with Sauber to become a Top 2 driver with the team, but just recently lost that opportunity to Pedro De La Rosa. He is now looking for a seat with another F1 Constructor.
By the looks of it, Klien could very well get signed by Campos to get that team rolling, teaming up with Bruno Senna, or could go to USF1, the team that hasn’t found one driver yet.
Campos may be chasing after the more credible, Jacques Villneuve, to fill their empty seat. The Canadian has been racing in NASCAR since 2008, and has stated that he would like to get back in F1 Racing
Klien has only picked up 14 points in his F1 Career, while Villneuve is a former F1 World Champion (1997). The team may go for Christian over Jacques, since Klien still has many promising years left in his racing career, while Villneuve is 38 Years of age, and could be contemplating retirement at the end of the 2010 season.
Anyhow, this is how I see things turning out for this season.
- Nick Heidfeld gets signed by Renault for 2010.
- Christian Klien signs with Campos, teams with Bruno Senna
- USF1 suspends operations until 2011
I believe that at this Point, it is too late for an entire new team to get organized. Give USF1’s owners another season to get sorted out, and they’ll do just fine.
Thank you for reading. How will the 2010 Formula One Season’s uncertainty sort out in your opinion?