Wednesday, June 07, 2006

F1 Test Drivers

Today is Wednesday so that means it's Midweek Motorsport Day at Globecast 0157. The lads finished up going through their grid of 22 Formula 1 test drivers, so with all credit to them, I've written it out here.

Criteria for inclusion: For all these drivers test driving was the end of their F1 career (they either never got to drive F1 or attempted to rekindle a waning F1 career)

#22 - Chanoch Nissany - Hungarian who bought a ride and was far too slow
#21 - Andre Lotterer - the man who looks like a cat! Jag test driver who never actually ran
#20 - Ryan Briscoe - Crashed more single-seater cars than anyone else
#19 - James Courtney - Jag test driver in first Jag year, Alan Gow's prodigy
#18 - Jorg Muller - Michelin test driver, lost Petit Le Mans on 2nd-last lap
#17 - Tomas Scheckter - Jag test driver, arrested for picking up a hooker whilst in Jaguar team clothes and a Jaguar car!
#16 - Ricardo Sperafico - One of the many Sperafico brothers. Williams test driver
#15 - Patrick Lemarie - Mate of (and slower than) Villeneuve, who briefly drove for BAR
#14 - Max Papis - Test drove for Arrows but went on to a great career outside F1
#13 - Antonio Pizzonia - Crashed a Jag press car, badly injuring some journalists
#12 - Enrique Bernoldi - victim of Arrows failures
#11 - Bruno Junquiera - slower than Jenson Button, good driver, not brilliant
#10 - Pedro de la Rosa - ex-Jaguar test driver
#9 - Jean-Christophe Bouillion - Williams test driver, 1/2 season in Sauber
#8 - Nicola Larini -Former Ferrari test driver, podium in San Marino, became successful ETCC driver
#7 - Olivier Panis - Some question over Olivier's eligibility for the list it must be said
#6. Luciano Burti - Very tall. Tested with Ferrari and Jag.
#5. Ricardo Zonta - Sportscar and F3000 champ. Tested with BAR
#4. Marc Gene - 2nd year with Ferrari, after 3 years with Williams.
#3. Alex Wurz - Good sportscar driver. 6th season of testing. Very tall.
#2. Anthony Davidson - Tests with BAR. A distinct lack of momentum in his F1 career.
#1. Luca Badoer - 8th year of testing for Ferrari. Didn't even replace Schumacher after his accident at Silverstone in '99.

Remarkable the number of test-drivers Jaguar had...

On an entirely separate note, the MWM betting advice for this weekend's British Grand Prix was an each-way bet on Marc Webber, at 50-1. Sounds good to me - for a $4 investment ($2 each way), I could make $22 if Marc comes second or third, or $102 if he wins. Now, that's value betting, especially since Marc ran very well at Monaco until engine failure ended his race.

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