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December 30, 2009

Just recently something has come to my attention that is starting to concern me. It is no secret that the world of Formula 1 can be a cruel and evil place at times but over this festive period one would like to hope that it could be slightly kinder. However this isn’t the case for everyone, last Wednesday Michael Schumacher was confirmed as a Mercedes GP driver for 2010, filling the last empty seat at the team. While this was a nice Christmas present for Schumacher and his fans, I can imagine one person who did not welcome the news.

© Lou Johnson

Anthony Davidson has now been without a race drive since 7th May 2008 when Super Aguri pulled out of Formula 1 before the Turkish Grand Prix. He‘s been  keeping himself busy with testing roles at Honda, and later Brawn, but with Honda pulling out and Brawn’s consequential lack of off season testing, and the new ban of in season testing, race drivers have been using more and more test time. This leaves test drivers such as Davidson playing more of the reserve driver role. In fact, I think the only time he has driven the Brawn car this year are at public display events such as the Mercedes Live day back in November. He’s taken part in 24 grand prix and never finished higher than 11th, not for the want of trying I’m sure, there is only so much that could be done in a Super Aguri I suppose.

Anyway, Anthony has been keeping himself busy this past year with Brawn third driver duties, 24 hours of le mans, and of course formula 1 commentating duties at five live. 2009 has been almost a perfect year for five live f1 commentating in my opinion, the combination of David Croft’s enthusiasm and skills with Anthony’s technical knowledge and eagerness makes for brilliant listening! He mentioned on air that he’d hopefully get a race seat for the 2010 season and since then speculation has built as to who it may be with.

It was originally suggested that the new team of Manor GP (now Virgin GP) would offer him a seat due to his relations with Richard Branson who was at that time rumoured to be sponsoring the team, however they have now signed Timo Glock and Lucas Di Grassi. With the two Virgin race seats taken and Jenson’s shock departure of the team it was thought Anthony may have a chance there, given his dedication and history with the team. This seat was obviously taken by the 7 times world champion, Michael Schumacher, leaving Anthony out in the cold again.

There are currently 5 teams with at least one race seat unfilled- Renault, Toro Rosso, Campos, US F1 and Sauber. With time running out before the start of the season the question needs to be asked, what will Anthony Davidson be doing next year? Racing in F1? With which team? Returning to the commentary box with David Croft and the rest of the Five Live F1 team? Or perhaps just a Mercedes GP test driver?

What do you think?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Lukeh permalink
    December 30, 2009 13:51

    Im really conflicted about Ant… As much as I would love to see him in a drive, crofty and himself are perfect commentary partners! I hope he does get an opportunity, luck has never been on his side with getting a strong car to accompany him sadly.

    Love the title and the idea behind the entry, by the way. How can anyone not love Ant! 🙂

  2. December 30, 2009 14:02

    Im really conflicted about Ant… As much as I would love to see him in a drive, crofty and himself are perfect commentary partners! I hope he does get an opportunity, luck has never been on his side with getting a strong car to accompany him sadly.

    I’m thinking that his best chance for a drive is at either Sauber (if Heidfeld doesn’t get the seat) or maybe Renault, along side Kubica.. but who knows.

    If only it were possible to have commentry from the car… or maybe the solution is to bring back friday testing where test drivers get a chance in the car too?

  3. rubbergoat permalink
    December 30, 2009 15:43

    Sadly he’s old news. He’s better off driving in sportscars and becoming the next Allan McNish!

    • Lou permalink*
      December 30, 2009 15:52

      nooo!! we can’t loose him from formula 1 completely… 🙂

  4. Christine permalink
    December 30, 2009 18:07

    I feel like Ant is the type of driver who will forever be in a test role, and stuck commentating at the same time.

    Luckily for us, that’s pretty much the perfect combination.

    • Lou permalink*
      December 30, 2009 19:03

      Luckily for us, that’s pretty much the perfect combination.

      hehe 🙂 that’s very true, can’t help but feel sorry for the guy though!

  5. December 31, 2009 03:09

    I do like Anthony but I feel that like Klien, he has now missed his chance.

    Personally I think he is too nice a guy for F1. He doesn’t seem to have the killer instinct so is maybe better suited to commentary where he can give us useful insight into what it takes to be a top flight driver.

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