What surprises me is that nobody mentions Räikkönen
There was footage from Malaysian GP where Kimi chatted with Adam Parr, hence the question is if it's possible that Parr wanted Kimi and FW didn't?
I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Lotus if that's the case?
Really, who knows what went down, NCW.
Sir Frank was never very complimentary about Kimi when he was at Ferrari. When JV approached SFW about his numerous comeback attempts, he was told in no uncertain terms that old guys need not apply. Barrichello was a real exception to the rule. SFW has always
favoured discovering young and CHEAP talent.
It has been rumoured that SFW and Patrick would have kept Hulk over Rubens after 2010, which is why Parr had the unpleasant duty of firing Hulk.
Since then, Rubens complained at the end of 2010 that there was, quote: 'no one he could talk to about the car. We have too many leaders but no one in control'. So who was calling the shots during the negotiations is unclear.
I prefer to take the simplistic view that any Qatar deal fell through and there never was any money for Kimi . . . or even Sutil . . . who was the first guy to have a seat fitting after all.
Like Hulk and Nico, Bottas is a typical SFW protege. Bottas seems like the real deal. But if Senna comes good and excites his sponsors into more dollars, I'd expect to see him in the car next year. Without a big influx of money from Qatar or somewhere, Williams choice of drivers is very restricted.
In passing, it's good to see that Kimi is getting a lot quicker with race time. The two years out do not appear to have affected him as much as might be expected.