Zanarini: Senna not ready for an F1 drive

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,” 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.”

“Obviously in the car he [Senna] is a very good driver but he isn t ready yet,” Zanarini continued. “He s not Hamilton or Rosberg.”

GP2 champion Pantano hoping for an F1 drive

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,” 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.”

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.