I have always hoped LH would smooth out with maturity but many years have passed and I see no progress in his character development and he remains as antipatico as ever
and he seems to excel in crudity and thoughtlessness?
Meanwhile Nico quit F1 !! Just how happy could he have been in the sport of F1 ? Think about our boy Seb! Blessed all year with a bomb for a ride and still proud and ready to be there @ Ferrari next season come rain or shine!
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If they get in Pascal, it would be a disaster (atleast for the others )
Assuming Mercs still have the dominant car in the field, and if Pascal stays for 2-3 years , it could lead to lewis winning atleast 2 more titles.
In any case I don't want that Looser to reach even close to Schumi's records !
Alonso: “I stopped as a Ferrari driver but from Monday I’m a Ferrari supporter.”
maybe he's kidding, or maybe not.
Mec should give alo a chance, why not may be if car is not enjoyable he will quit in 2018! i believe that's what he said. Come on Alo get that seat you deserve it........
I would think Vettel can also be considered as one of the prospects.
I would love to see Alonso in that seat. But SV or Max could also give LH a nice spanking. Will be fun.
But Merc will play it safe and take pascal or someone else. IMHO.
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These are race car drivers and their career is short. They need to make the best of it. And we all know and have seen how SV takes care of his needs first over a teams (multi-21 comes to mind). So dont be too surprised if SV jumps ship.
I for one would love to see Alonso in that seat. And if its a fair team instead of Ron Dennis' wet dream, the battle between the two will be fantastic to watch!!
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shouldn't Alonso stay at Macca? sure Merc has (at the moment) the best car by far, but making the Mclaren-Honda fast is a great challenge.
I would like to see Jenson at Mercedes. Too many good drivers are leaving. I understand changing of era, but 3 is too much in an year. Felipe doesnt look interested anymore but I think Button still has some fight in him. It will class up the joint a bit and provide decent competition to lewis and other rivals which might come up( sadly looking at RBR now) plus he has experience with the new models of cars, a good developer etc. I think young blood will strugle a bit with wider tires and a lot faster cars, providing valuable development input etc
“I prefer to beat them on Sunday” -Fernando Alonso, Press Conference Korean GP 2010
"Giornata fantastica !!"- Andrea Stella, European GP 2012
Button will not be back, he has plans for GT500 with Honda.
The interesting thing about Fernando, 2018, is pretty penned in to drive for Porsche in WEC. Plus, with Baku being moved back a week from Le-Mans weekend, and there is no F1 clash with the Le-Mans test day and even Spa race. Theres rumours now that there could be very good chance Fernando will be offered a drive for next years Spa race, test day and Le-Mans race with Porsche. Nothing is concrete, but there is alot of rumblings going on now. If he does switch to Merc, there goes his chance to drive for Porsche next year. Merc wouldnt allow him to go drive for a "rival" manufacturer. In rival, i mean German car brand and maybe win in it.
Felipe? i havent heard any rumblings about where, or even if he will race. Im sure he will, but what in, no idea.
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My point is that drivers are the faces of the teams they drive for. Right now, Vettel and Raikkonen are the faces of Ferrari. Ecclestone has chosen to criticize Vettel for not being rock and roll enough compared Hamilton, who he claims is the better champion because of the way he jet sets around the world. Personally, I would rather have Vettel or Raikkonen than Hamilton because the results will ultimately be the same, except without Hamilton's buffoonery.
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Toto just said: "Only Kvjat and Kimi did not call for that open position"!
Guess that statement makes some bad blood in some teams :)
It is more likely that Mercedes will continue to be fast also next year.
Lauda 'constantly taking calls' from drivers interested in Rosberg's seat
Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda says half of the Formula One grid are putting themselves forward for Nico Rosberg's vacant seat next year.
In a surprise announcement on Friday, the reigning champion retired from the sport with immediate effect, leaving Mercedes facing the huge task of replacing him over the winter. Team boss Toto Wolff said the search for Lewis Hamilton's new teammate would start on Monday, but with 18 of the best drivers in the world already under contract for 2017 it is unlikely to be a straightforward process.
Nevertheless, Lauda let slip that many of the current F1 drivers had already been in touch with him to talk about the situation.
"Practically half of Formula One and maybe more," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I am constantly taking calls."
Mercedes has one obvious choice already under contract in Pascal Wehrlein, who drove his debut season for Manor this year and has frequently tested next year's tyres with the team. But Lauda hinted that Mercedes might want someone with more experience.
"Hiring a youngster is a risk and we don't know how strong they would be," he added.
Lauda admitted the situation had taken him by surprise.
"I took it badly. I was not expecting it. Nobody in Mercedes imagined he could say 'enough'. At first I didn't believe him.
"'Nico,' I told him. "Are you pulling my leg? Is it a joke?' But he seriously said it was all true. Truly incredible."
I wonder if Vettel is one of those drivers that is thinking of jumping ship? There is no guarantee that Merc will be number 1 again next year. There is a strong possibility, however wouldn't it be ironic if verstapen jumped ship and Red Bull ended up being the team to beat? They have been pushing for these changes and are really good with Aero. Interesting times ahead...
I know the merc seat is probably the best one out there, but I wonder if these comments about half the grid calling them is to just to unsettle the rival teams going into next season. Just a thought.
Maybe vettel goes to Merc and Alonso makes a return to Ferrari lol. Or Perez takes Vettel seat. Lauda did say he was leaning towards a more experienced driver.
Changes aren't permanent........But change is.
Must admit I would love to see Verstappen at Merc..............two fast egotistical drivers who care about no one but themselves not even the team they drive for!!!!
Bring it on and let the fans enjoy first corner spectacles a plenty as the fur flies!!!!
Who would deliver????? interesting!!!!
Hopefully they would take each other off..... often enough for the all conquering heroes in red to fly past and clinch the WCC maybe even the WDC as well
Sainz to RB and Nasr to Toro sorted!!!!!
I would be one very happy F1 fan.
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