F1 Off-Season News #3

Force India Driver Lineup

It’s finally been confirmed that they have bought out Vitantonio Liuzzi‘s contract and given his seat to up and coming star Paul Di Resta. It’s tough for Liuzzi as it’s not showing much confidence in him especially since he had a contract for this season. I suppose it’s nice that he’s getting paid to not race in 2011 but don’t rule him out yet for the one remaining open spot at HRT. However, judging from their pick of Narain Karthikeyan, they could pick from a pool of many drivers, a lot of which may be unknown to the majority of fans.

As far as Force India’s remaining seats, they have kept Adrian Sutil as he has driven for them in each of their 3 seasons so far and stretching back to when the team was known as Midland and Spyker in 2006-7. They have also signed Nico Hulkenberg who as we know was released by Williams due to them selling out to Venezuela and signing the GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado. Hopefully Hulkenberg can get a drive next year, although he possibly had a chance to be with HRT and chose not to go down that route.

Ferrari Using Toyota’s Wind Tunnel

This was an interesting detail that came out with the F150 launch yesterday. It’s good that Toyota are continuing to make money out of their state of the art facilities. It’s just a shame they aren’t using it themselves any more, and that they didn’t make the best use of it when they had the opportunity to.