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Daniel Ricciardo to make his F1 debut at Silverstone....in a Hispana.

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    Can't see a thread on this, apologies if there is one.

    So, AutoSport have confirmed that Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo will be making his F1 debut with Hispana Racing Team at Silverstone.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/92740

    Personally I think its a very strange decision, especially on Red Bull's part. I understand that Hispana are gonna want someone with potential even if it is just for the rest of the season.

    As much as I love Hispana and desperately want them to come good, I can't help but feel that if Danny Ricci fails to come up to scratch against Liuzzi, it might just kill his F1 career.

    What do you guys think about this?

    Also whilst we're talking about Hispana, I thought I'd share this bit of information for those that may not have heard.

    Hispana has been taken over (well a controlling stake anyway) by Spanish Investment Company, Thesan Capital.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/92839

    Thoughts?
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    I think the move is a good thing it will give ricciardo some solid experience in an f1 car as testing time is so limited these days and i don't think it will bother the other teams to much if he doesn't match up to liuzzi as liuzzi is an experienced driver and it will give ricciardo a chance to acclimatise to f1 without the huge pressure of the bigger teams for example if he puts it in the wall it won't be as much of a big deal.

    Anyway i guess we'll find out over the rest of the season good luck to him.
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    Very good point davef1, hadn't thought of it that way
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    I'm not sure if it is a good move tbh.

    The benefit of it is he gets more familiar with a F1 car, more familiar with race tracks, more familiar with the GP process behind the scenes with engineers etc.

    But being in a Hispania, he'll mostly spend his GPs in the garage from reliability problems, or just messing around not being able to set off any headlights with some quick laps.

    If anything he risks being scrutinised because if he manages to create a bit of a problem for one of the front runners under blue flags, the drivers will definitely have a go at him.
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    Experience he needs to have, and he was not going to get it any other way unfortunately.
    Not everybody gets a Mclaren race seat upon debut. And it doesn't mean their career is ****ed through lack of one.

    Hopefully Hispania can strike up a development deal like Marussia did with Mclaren this week.
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    I think it's a good move.

    Something along...

    http://badgergp.com/2011/07/opinion-...-both-parties/

    Those lines is my reasoning.
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    (Original post by Xenomorph v2.1)
    I'm not sure if it is a good move tbh.

    The benefit of it is he gets more familiar with a F1 car, more familiar with race tracks, more familiar with the GP process behind the scenes with engineers etc.

    But being in a Hispania, he'll mostly spend his GPs in the garage from reliability problems, or just messing around not being able to set off any headlights with some quick laps.

    If anything he risks being scrutinised because if he manages to create a bit of a problem for one of the front runners under blue flags, the drivers will definitely have a go at him
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    That's very true.

    Good luck to him though. I guess any experience is good experience for him.

    Also, another thing I was wondering, is Danny Ricci still Red Bull's driver or is he Hispana's? I'm assuming he's still a RB driver as they're only effectively 'loaning' him to Hispana. It's probably a very thick question but I haven't been 'in' to Formula 1 for as long as some people so I'm still getting to grips with how things work etc.
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    What a waste of time.
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    (Original post by Raiden10)
    What a waste of time.
    Why? He's got nothing to lose and everything to gain from this...

    If he gets beaten by a guy with 70+GPs under his belt and 10 races in the car people won't think less of the guy and even if he comes last every race then it's a HRT. It's expected...

    Check out the link below as it explain it a lot better than i can...


    http://badgergp.com/2011/07/opinion-...-both-parties/

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