Enrico Zanarini, a driver manager whose clients have included Giancarlo Fisichella, Max Biaggi and Eddie Irvine, has said that he believes GP2 champion Giorgio Pantano is ready for Formula 1 although he may face a battle to find a race-seat, and he also believes that Bruno Senna is not quite ready for the top flight just year.
“He [Pantano] is a fantastic driver and he showed his speed and his capabilities this year in winning the championship,â€ Zanarini explained to magazine GP Week. “Giorgio is one of the best drivers around. The problem for his is that Formula 1 probably will not want him because of his age and because he s been there before.â€
“Obviously in the car he [Senna] is a very good driver but he isn t ready yet,â€ Zanarini continued. “He s not Hamilton or Rosberg.â€
2008 GP2 champion Giorgio Pantano has admitted that he his future is still unclear. The 29-year old Italian has said he would love a seat in Formula One, even just a test seat although he is looking for more than a one year deal, but would also consider other series if no F1 offer was forthcoming.
“We have to wait and see if there is any contact, see if anyone calls,â€ Pantano said to magazine GP Week. “If there is a good offer, I need to focus on my future. I do not want to take an opportunity just for one year I have to focus on my fuure.
“I am sure there I [the US] I can find a good seat to secure my future if there is nothing food in Formula One. I don’t want just Formula One I know I have a future so I want a good offer.â€
Pantano already has some F1 experience he signed to the Jordan team in 2004 however he had a troubled season, retiring from several races and tending to qualify and finish around the back of the field.