Valsecchi hopes 2013 role will lead to F1 race seat

Davide Valsecchi is the first champion in GP2 history who risks never sitting on a F1 grid.

Since the sport’s feeder series began in 2005, every champion – Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean – has recorded his place in F1 history. Even Giorgio Pantano, the 2008 champion who didn’t carry the crown into F1, had already tasted Formula One racing, by spending most of the 2004 season with Jordan.

Fellow Italian Valsecchi, 26, is the new reigning GP2 champion, but he will have to be content with the role of ‘third driver’ at Lotus this year. Some media reports suggest, however, that Valsecchi will be given the chance to race in 2012 if regular drivers Kimi Raikkonen or Grosjean are unable.

“I hope that this is a really good start to a career in formula one,” Valsecchi said in an interview published by Lotus’ official website. “I’ve been with the team at the first test in Jerez already and it’s been great to get involved and into the way that they work on track.”

Asked if he thinks his new role will lead to a full seat, he answered: “I very much hope so, and that step by step I will eventually become a full time competitive formula one driver.

“I will continue to do my best whenever the team needs me for something, and whenever I have the chance I will try to show all my best qualities. If I do the best job I can this year then it will open up my chances for the future, and we’ll see then if I’m good enough.”


GP2 champion Valsecchi hoping for F1 move

New GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi is hoping his title will lead him to a seat in F1.

Every single past GP2 champion – Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock, Giorgio Pantano, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean – has raced in F1. 25-year-old Italian Valsecchi, who secured the title by 25 points over Luiz Razia at the Singapore season finale last weekend, hopes the trend continues.

He said his immediate goal is to find a seat for F1’s final young drivers test for 2012, in Abu Dhabi in November. And asked what the next target will be, Valsecchi answered: “I don’t know, but in Italy they always say there is no Italian driver in formula one, but before now who deserved it?

“I really hope to have the chance, because at the moment we are strong enough to use it, so I really hope I will have a chance, and that I can show that I deserve to be there. I would sign right now,” he laughed. “Next week, if you were going to Japan, I would come with you.”