The low-budget Formula One team from the United States starting this year has finally picked its first driver. Lopez had been a test driver for Renault and comes with a $5 million backing. He is from Argentina and the Argentine government is part of the backing. Jesus, taxpayer money for a Formula One driver. I guess I would rather see my tax dollar go for that than some to the other stuff I see. I am not thrilled by sponsered drivers if anyone can remember the Minardi team a few years ago. Both drivers paid to drive and seemed to be destined to be at the back of the pack watching everyone pull away. This coming season seems to be the break for the test drivers while former champions are left by the wayside.
Do you remember that old saying, "Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear?" Or the many variations of that statement. Well here is something that you can see and can't believe.
While these photos look like any scene that you can remember growing up in 'small town' America, guess again. The cars are 1:24 diecast models, the buildings and their interiors are hand built, snow is courtesy of baking soda and the lighting is from a 60 or 75 watt light bulb. Amazing stuff.
Toro Rosso, one of the Red Bull teams, has retained Alguersuari to be one of their drivers again this year. Last year, at age 19, he was the youngest ever in Formula One. For the first time ever this gives Spain three drivers in the same year. There is just a few short weeks left to seat the rest of the drivers. I suspect that they will all roll out this coming week.
De la Rosa will drive for the newly-resurrected Sauber team in the 2010 season. His team-mate at Sauber will be Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi who impressed at Toyota during the last 2 races of the 2009 Formula One season. De la Rosa has been around for the last 10 years and has been in 72 races. He has spent the last 3 years as a test driver for McLaren and I am sure that at 39 years old he is happy to get another shot. More to come.
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