Davide Valsecchi, the Lotus Reserve Driver has admitted that his chances of being promoted to a Formula 1 race seat in 2014 are rather slender given the current form of Roman Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen.
So will this mean a new driver for Lotus?
Perhaps just a change of Lotus driver rankings?
Any vacancy at Lotus is going to be sought after.
Though Kimi Raikkonen is the leading favourite contender to Mark Webber’s Red Bull seat in 2014, any vacancy at Lotus is going to be sought after by very experienced Formula 1 drivers, given the competitveness of the Lotus team.
Lotus gave slight considerations to replacing Grosjean with Valsecchi, GP2 champion if Grosjean’s Monaco Grand Prix form became a trend though he has steadied himself since his season and returned to the German podium, earlier on in July.
Valsecchi ran with Lotus in the young driver’s test and acknowledged that it would be hard to find his way into the race line-up
After Valsecchi ran with Lotus in the young driver’s test at Silverstone on Thursday, he acknowledged that it would be rather hard to find his way into the race line-up at Lotus. He said, Formula 1 is very touch and it is extremely difficult to be involved due to there being so many fantastic drivers. He also went on to say that they have Raikkonen, who is one of the best in the World and may even be the best at the moment. He also said they have Grosjean, who has just come from an amazing result and an outstanding race at the Nurburgring. He finished these comments by saying so it will probably not be easy for him though he will do his absolute maximum at the end of the season and will see. He said he needs a bit of luck, to be good and also to deserve it to be promoted to Lotus pole position.
Valsecchi thinks that it is tougher to demonstrate his potential in Formula 1 in his reserve role than it was when he was racing in the GP2 last year. He said that you have to try and look at the situation from the outside and to be objective. He explained that in his own mind he believed that he deserved it at the end of the season last year when he was GP2 champion. So who knows, maybe we will see Valsecchi in a Lotus F1 racing seat next year.