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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:21 pm 
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F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.


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F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

He will - if, and only if, he wins the F3 title this year. His super license points should then total 40:

2018: 30 from winning European F3
2017: Nothing
2016: 12 points from winning F4 (possibly 24, since he won two F4 titles)

If he has 24 points from winning two F4 titles in 2016, he actually doesn't need to win the F3 title this year. Otherwise, he does. But if he does, he will qualify for a super license in 2019.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Exediron wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

He will - if, and only if, he wins the F3 title this year. His super license points should then total 40:

2018: 30 from winning European F3
2017: Nothing
2016: 12 points from winning F4 (possibly 24, since he won two F4 titles)

If he has 24 points from winning two F4 titles in 2016, he actually doesn't need to win the F3 title this year. Otherwise, he does. But if he does, he will qualify for a super license in 2019.

Interesting. I think it's too soon for him personally. I think he could use a year or two in F2. Jumping from F3 to F1 isn't easy and Mick isn't exactly a quick study. it was really his second year in F3 where he came good (same as in F4).


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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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sandman1347 wrote:
Exediron wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

He will - if, and only if, he wins the F3 title this year. His super license points should then total 40:

2018: 30 from winning European F3
2017: Nothing
2016: 12 points from winning F4 (possibly 24, since he won two F4 titles)

If he has 24 points from winning two F4 titles in 2016, he actually doesn't need to win the F3 title this year. Otherwise, he does. But if he does, he will qualify for a super license in 2019.

Interesting. I think it's too soon for him personally. I think he could use a year or two in F2. Jumping from F3 to F1 isn't easy and Mick isn't exactly a quick study. it was really his second year in F3 where he came good (same as in F4).

Agree with you there. Same for Norris, albeit to a lesser extent: I think the teams are pushing young drivers through the grinder too fast into F1. If you're eighteen (18!) you have plenty of time left. We don't all need to be Max Verstappen.

And frankly, I think Verstappen was pushed in too early as well. His speed is not in doubt, but more time racing close and hopefully ironing out the kinks in his racecraft would have done him good.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

If it’s good for the show and a team wants him, special provisions can be made to grant him a Super License. Given Verstappen was allowed to enter the sport just as he was turning 17, I don’t see why Mick wouldn’t be given special dispensation to do so as well. Though quick, even after several seasons Verstappen isn’t a polished and refined driver just yet the way Vettel and Hamilton were from the moment they arrived. And I’d say his youth has reared its head at times but that’s not fair to other guys his age and younger and his biggest issues have more to do with a privileged and overcatered arrogance than age.

His latest incident with Bottas and the way he handled the deserved penalty issued afterwards is a shining example of that. Pretty sure Mick won’t ever comport himself in such a manor and I say bring him in.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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F1 MERCENARY wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

If it’s good for the show and a team wants him, special provisions can be made to grant him a Super License. Given Verstappen was allowed to enter the sport just as he was turning 17, I don’t see why Mick wouldn’t be given special dispensation to do so as well. Though quick, even after several seasons Verstappen isn’t a polished and refined driver just yet the way Vettel and Hamilton were from the moment they arrived. And I’d say his youth has reared its head at times but that’s not fair to other guys his age and younger and his biggest issues have more to do with a privileged and overcatered arrogance than age.

His latest incident with Bottas and the way he handled the deserved penalty issued afterwards is a shining example of that. Pretty sure Mick won’t ever comport himself in such a manor and I say bring him in.


The super license points and minimum age rules were introduced because Verstappen entered so young. No dispensation was given to him.

If he wins F3 it's a moot point, he'll have the required points. But I think he'd be wise to go into F2 first regardless.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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pokerman wrote:
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The four 'leading' drivers at Ferrari/Mercedes/Red Bull/Renault are all signed for the next two years, while their teammates are all only guaranteed for 2019, but you can safely assume the teams have an option to extend them all.


You mean Vettel has a Ferrari contract for another 2 years (2019 and 2020) ? I was not exactly thinking of Ferrari extending Vettel's contract.


Correct, his most recent contract extension takes him through until the end of 2020. Leclerc is only confirmed for 2019.

You sure about Leclerc, I'm sure I heard he had a 2 year contract?


I've only seen him confirmed for 2019, though that doesn't mean he hasn't got a 1+1 contract.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Exediron wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

He will - if, and only if, he wins the F3 title this year. His super license points should then total 40:

2018: 30 from winning European F3
2017: Nothing
2016: 12 points from winning F4 (possibly 24, since he won two F4 titles)

If he has 24 points from winning two F4 titles in 2016, he actually doesn't need to win the F3 title this year. Otherwise, he does. But if he does, he will qualify for a super license in 2019.


Mick is currently on 20 Super License points as he finished 2nd in two different F4 series in 2016. He needs a top-three finish in this year's F3 series to reach the magical 40 Super License points.

I've said he could end up at Toro Rosso but even if he does, they won't have done a deal just yet. He's had a nice little run of form in F3 lately, and he's built up a little gap back to Vips in fourth (43 points). However, there are still six races to run, so a potential 150 points still available. Theoretically he could still fall back to fourth and therefore miss out on the Super License, making Red Bull look rather silly in the process.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Exediron wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

He will - if, and only if, he wins the F3 title this year. His super license points should then total 40:

2018: 30 from winning European F3
2017: Nothing
2016: 12 points from winning F4 (possibly 24, since he won two F4 titles)

If he has 24 points from winning two F4 titles in 2016, he actually doesn't need to win the F3 title this year. Otherwise, he does. But if he does, he will qualify for a super license in 2019.

Mick is currently on 20 Super License points as he finished 2nd in two different F4 series in 2016. He needs a top-three finish in this year's F3 series to reach the magical 40 Super License points.

I've said he could end up at Toro Rosso but even if he does, they won't have done a deal just yet. He's had a nice little run of form in F3 lately, and he's built up a little gap back to Vips in fourth (43 points). However, there are still six races to run, so a potential 150 points still available. Theoretically he could still fall back to fourth and therefore miss out on the Super License, making Red Bull look rather silly in the process.

I forgot he didn't win those F4 championships! One of those cases where I probably should have checked the Wiki first. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Interesting discussion but a link to confirm would be good. Especially as it means he is jumping ahead of some good you drivers like Ocon for example.
Makes Kimi's position at Sauber, whether financial or political look a little daft.


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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Read on a banned website Raikkonen will also become the global brand ambassador for Alfa Romeo. Also Fredric Vassuer supposedly has weightage when it comes to driver selection & is willing to drop Ericsson if Alfa Romeo plan to invest more in Sauber. Giovinazzi is the one poised to take Ericsson's place. Marchionne had also wanted this.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Jenson's Understeer wrote:
pokerman wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Harpo wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:

The four 'leading' drivers at Ferrari/Mercedes/Red Bull/Renault are all signed for the next two years, while their teammates are all only guaranteed for 2019, but you can safely assume the teams have an option to extend them all.


You mean Vettel has a Ferrari contract for another 2 years (2019 and 2020) ? I was not exactly thinking of Ferrari extending Vettel's contract.


Correct, his most recent contract extension takes him through until the end of 2020. Leclerc is only confirmed for 2019.

You sure about Leclerc, I'm sure I heard he had a 2 year contract?


I've only seen him confirmed for 2019, though that doesn't mean he hasn't got a 1+1 contract.

That just makes no sense to me, if they believe in him then you don't just give him a 1 year contract.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Jenson's Understeer wrote:
Exediron wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

He will - if, and only if, he wins the F3 title this year. His super license points should then total 40:

2018: 30 from winning European F3
2017: Nothing
2016: 12 points from winning F4 (possibly 24, since he won two F4 titles)

If he has 24 points from winning two F4 titles in 2016, he actually doesn't need to win the F3 title this year. Otherwise, he does. But if he does, he will qualify for a super license in 2019.


Mick is currently on 20 Super License points as he finished 2nd in two different F4 series in 2016. He needs a top-three finish in this year's F3 series to reach the magical 40 Super License points.

I've said he could end up at Toro Rosso but even if he does, they won't have done a deal just yet. He's had a nice little run of form in F3 lately, and he's built up a little gap back to Vips in fourth (43 points). However, there are still six races to run, so a potential 150 points still available. Theoretically he could still fall back to fourth and therefore miss out on the Super License, making Red Bull look rather silly in the process.

Given his form though he looks more likely to actually win the series than drop down to 4th place.

I think the Schumacher's realise F1 would be too soon for Mick and are looking to do F2 next season, conversely there is a risk in that because if he finishes below the top 6 then he loses his F1 super license but then again I guess the view would be if he can't finish in the top 5/6 then he's not ready for F1 anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Read on a banned website Raikkonen will also become the global brand ambassador for Alfa Romeo. Also Fredric Vassuer supposedly has weightage when it comes to driver selection & is willing to drop Ericsson if Alfa Romeo plan to invest more in Sauber. Giovinazzi is the one poised to take Ericsson's place. Marchionne had also wanted this.

I read elsewhere that Ericsson's place is safe, I hope it's wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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pokerman wrote:
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pokerman wrote:
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You mean Vettel has a Ferrari contract for another 2 years (2019 and 2020) ? I was not exactly thinking of Ferrari extending Vettel's contract.


Correct, his most recent contract extension takes him through until the end of 2020. Leclerc is only confirmed for 2019.

You sure about Leclerc, I'm sure I heard he had a 2 year contract?


I've only seen him confirmed for 2019, though that doesn't mean he hasn't got a 1+1 contract.

That just makes no sense to me, if they believe in him then you don't just give him a 1 year contract.


I don't see it mattering a great deal either way. Either he does a good enough job to stay at Ferrari for 2020, which they would be in position to ensure happens regardless of whether it's 1+1 or 2, or he doesn't do a good enough job and they probably demote him back to Sauber. And while I hate to speculate about clauses, I would've thought that his contract would include one that allows them to demote him back to Sauber if they feel his performances aren't good enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Jenson's Understeer wrote:
pokerman wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
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Correct, his most recent contract extension takes him through until the end of 2020. Leclerc is only confirmed for 2019.

You sure about Leclerc, I'm sure I heard he had a 2 year contract?


I've only seen him confirmed for 2019, though that doesn't mean he hasn't got a 1+1 contract.

That just makes no sense to me, if they believe in him then you don't just give him a 1 year contract.


I don't see it mattering a great deal either way. Either he does a good enough job to stay at Ferrari for 2020, which they would be in position to ensure happens regardless of whether it's 1+1 or 2, or he doesn't do a good enough job and they probably demote him back to Sauber. And while I hate to speculate about clauses, I would've thought that his contract would include one that allows them to demote him back to Sauber if they feel his performances aren't good enough.

Yeah I guess which kind of ties in with Kimi going to Sauber on a 2 year deal, he could be seen as back up?

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!


Speculation here:

https://www.gpfans.com/en/articles/2577/report-mick-schumacher-a-target-for-toro-rosso/


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pokerman wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
pokerman wrote:
Jenson's Understeer wrote:
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You sure about Leclerc, I'm sure I heard he had a 2 year contract?


I've only seen him confirmed for 2019, though that doesn't mean he hasn't got a 1+1 contract.

That just makes no sense to me, if they believe in him then you don't just give him a 1 year contract.


I don't see it mattering a great deal either way. Either he does a good enough job to stay at Ferrari for 2020, which they would be in position to ensure happens regardless of whether it's 1+1 or 2, or he doesn't do a good enough job and they probably demote him back to Sauber. And while I hate to speculate about clauses, I would've thought that his contract would include one that allows them to demote him back to Sauber if they feel his performances aren't good enough.

Yeah I guess which kind of ties in with Kimi going to Sauber on a 2 year deal, he could be seen as back up?


That's my thinking as well. If it doesn't work out with Charles they can easily switch them back, knowing not only that Kimi will still be 'race fit', but that they don't have to ask Sauber to drop one of their drivers to make space for Charles.

Of course, it could also be as simple as they've decided to drop him for Leclerc but Kimi wasn't willing to hang up his helmet just yet, so struck his own deal with Sauber completely independent of Ferrari. Which would then mean that Giovinazzi would still be in position to replace Marcus Ericsson as Kimi wouldn't have been placed at Sauber at Ferrari's request (something that would surely be an ideal situation for Ferrari as it would allow them to indirectly compare Giovinazzi to Leclerc, based on how Kimi compared to Vettel).

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Option or Prime wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!


Speculation here:

https://www.gpfans.com/en/articles/2577/report-mick-schumacher-a-target-for-toro-rosso/


I'm pretty sure it was us that started this speculation :lol:


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mikeyg123 wrote:
Option or Prime wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!


Speculation here:

https://www.gpfans.com/en/articles/2577/report-mick-schumacher-a-target-for-toro-rosso/


I'm pretty sure it was us that started this speculation :lol:


We should start a PF1 young driver management team :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
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Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

I don't think that would be good for him, he's found his feet in F3 but he didn't set the world on fire straight out of the box. F2 is the best place for him next year, if he comes into F1 unprepared with the expectation that comes with his surname it could be a disaster for him.


Or it is the one and only golden chance given his mixed record in F4 and F3. He may end up not performing well enough in F2 ....


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Exediron wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
Exediron wrote:
sandman1347 wrote:
F1 MERCENARY wrote:
Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

Impossible. He won't have a Super License.

He will - if, and only if, he wins the F3 title this year. His super license points should then total 40:

2018: 30 from winning European F3
2017: Nothing
2016: 12 points from winning F4 (possibly 24, since he won two F4 titles)

If he has 24 points from winning two F4 titles in 2016, he actually doesn't need to win the F3 title this year. Otherwise, he does. But if he does, he will qualify for a super license in 2019.

Interesting. I think it's too soon for him personally. I think he could use a year or two in F2. Jumping from F3 to F1 isn't easy and Mick isn't exactly a quick study. it was really his second year in F3 where he came good (same as in F4).

Agree with you there. Same for Norris, albeit to a lesser extent: I think the teams are pushing young drivers through the grinder too fast into F1. If you're eighteen (18!) you have plenty of time left. We don't all need to be Max Verstappen.

And frankly, I think Verstappen was pushed in too early as well. His speed is not in doubt, but more time racing close and hopefully ironing out the kinks in his racecraft would have done him good.

Couldn't agree more. Kids are being pushed through the ranks very quickly nowadays and veteran drivers are also being pushed out prematurely (with the exception of Raikkonen). I think both Button and Alonso left with plenty of gas still in the tank. I also think that we have a pile up of youngsters who want a seat and not enough seats to meet demand.

I don't think Lando should be coming into F1 in 2019. For me, he would benefit a lot more from another year in F2 where there is some pressure on him to deliver the title. I also agree about Verstappen. The sense of entitlement that his early entry into F1 created is still evident today. He sees himself as the chosen one and he has a very logical reason to, considering the fact that he secured the drive at 17; having never even won a feeder series championship. They rush these kids through the ranks and then half of them find themselves out of a drive before their 25th birthday.


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Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!


Speculation here:

https://www.gpfans.com/en/articles/2577/report-mick-schumacher-a-target-for-toro-rosso/


I know its a bit sad quoting yourself but Marko has denied interest in Mick Schumacher

https://www.planetf1.com/news/marko-mick-schumacher-not-a-toro-rosso-target/


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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Yeah I saw that as well but enter Buemi.

https://twitter.com/wbuxtonofficial/sta ... 89345?s=21

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Buemi would be a good shout as he probably wasn't fully appreciated at Toro Rosso last time round but OTOH wasn't Alonso faster than him in the WEC Toyota ?

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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pokerman wrote:
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Read on a banned website Raikkonen will also become the global brand ambassador for Alfa Romeo. Also Fredric Vassuer supposedly has weightage when it comes to driver selection & is willing to drop Ericsson if Alfa Romeo plan to invest more in Sauber. Giovinazzi is the one poised to take Ericsson's place. Marchionne had also wanted this.

I read elsewhere that Ericsson's place is safe, I hope it's wrong.

It's up to Ferrari as they can place Giovinazzi there if they want by October 15th, they are guaranteed one driver slot and Kimi wasn't it.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/saub ... e/3176127/

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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mas wrote:
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Read on a banned website Raikkonen will also become the global brand ambassador for Alfa Romeo. Also Fredric Vassuer supposedly has weightage when it comes to driver selection & is willing to drop Ericsson if Alfa Romeo plan to invest more in Sauber. Giovinazzi is the one poised to take Ericsson's place. Marchionne had also wanted this.

I read elsewhere that Ericsson's place is safe, I hope it's wrong.

It's up to Ferrari as they can place Giovinazzi there if they want by October 15th, they are guaranteed one driver slot and Kimi wasn't it.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/saub ... e/3176127/


It amuses me that people are paid to offer these 'insights' when I was able to offer very similar speculation, based purely on common sense earlier, in this thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Buemi would be a good shout as he probably wasn't fully appreciated at Toro Rosso last time round but OTOH wasn't Alonso faster than him in the WEC Toyota ?

Yeah, Alonso was faster than him. If Toro Rosso isn't going to hire any driver Alonso is faster than, I have a feeling that car is going to stay empty for a while!

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Paolo_Lasardi wrote:
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Stop the presses!!!

Still not sure how concrete the news I just read is, but I just read Mick Schumacher will be driving for Toro Rosso in 2019!

Going to do a bit more research and hit up some contacts to see if anyone can verify it!!

I don't think that would be good for him, he's found his feet in F3 but he didn't set the world on fire straight out of the box. F2 is the best place for him next year, if he comes into F1 unprepared with the expectation that comes with his surname it could be a disaster for him.


Or it is the one and only golden chance given his mixed record in F4 and F3. He may end up not performing well enough in F2 ....

Yeah I've mooted that as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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Yeah I saw that as well but enter Buemi.

https://twitter.com/wbuxtonofficial/sta ... 89345?s=21

I would like to see Buemi back in F1.

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Buemi would be a good shout as he probably wasn't fully appreciated at Toro Rosso last time round but OTOH wasn't Alonso faster than him in the WEC Toyota ?

Yeah, Alonso was faster than him. If Toro Rosso isn't going to hire any driver Alonso is faster than, I have a feeling that car is going to stay empty for a while!

Faster at Le Mans?

Alonso was having problems with tyre wear and that's why he did mostly the night stints were the lower grip suited his driving on the tyres.

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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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mas wrote:
pokerman wrote:
UnlikeUday wrote:
Read on a banned website Raikkonen will also become the global brand ambassador for Alfa Romeo. Also Fredric Vassuer supposedly has weightage when it comes to driver selection & is willing to drop Ericsson if Alfa Romeo plan to invest more in Sauber. Giovinazzi is the one poised to take Ericsson's place. Marchionne had also wanted this.

I read elsewhere that Ericsson's place is safe, I hope it's wrong.

It's up to Ferrari as they can place Giovinazzi there if they want by October 15th, they are guaranteed one driver slot and Kimi wasn't it.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/saub ... e/3176127/

If they don't put Giovinazzi in the Sauber then that could put paid to his F1 career, interesting that Vandoorne is in the mix for Sauber, maybe he could even end up as a Ferrari sim driver?

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pokerman wrote:
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Buemi would be a good shout as he probably wasn't fully appreciated at Toro Rosso last time round but OTOH wasn't Alonso faster than him in the WEC Toyota ?

Yeah, Alonso was faster than him. If Toro Rosso isn't going to hire any driver Alonso is faster than, I have a feeling that car is going to stay empty for a while!

Faster at Le Mans?

Alonso was having problems with tyre wear and that's why he did mostly the night stints were the lower grip suited his driving on the tyres.


Both Spa and Le Mans on avg yeah.

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Lotus49 wrote:
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Buemi would be a good shout as he probably wasn't fully appreciated at Toro Rosso last time round but OTOH wasn't Alonso faster than him in the WEC Toyota ?

Yeah, Alonso was faster than him. If Toro Rosso isn't going to hire any driver Alonso is faster than, I have a feeling that car is going to stay empty for a while!

Faster at Le Mans?

Alonso was having problems with tyre wear and that's why he did mostly the night stints were the lower grip suited his driving on the tyres.


Both Spa and Le Mans on avg yeah.

Fair enough, still how many drivers would be able to match Alonso, there can only be so many elites.

I wonder if F1 should go down the route of you have 2 years to prove you are elite, if not you are out like what happened to Vandoorne, it would quickly solve the young driver problem? :)

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pokerman wrote:
Lotus49 wrote:
pokerman wrote:
Exediron wrote:
mas wrote:
Buemi would be a good shout as he probably wasn't fully appreciated at Toro Rosso last time round but OTOH wasn't Alonso faster than him in the WEC Toyota ?

Yeah, Alonso was faster than him. If Toro Rosso isn't going to hire any driver Alonso is faster than, I have a feeling that car is going to stay empty for a while!

Faster at Le Mans?

Alonso was having problems with tyre wear and that's why he did mostly the night stints were the lower grip suited his driving on the tyres.


Both Spa and Le Mans on avg yeah.

Fair enough, still how many drivers would be able to match Alonso, there can only be so many elites.

I wonder if F1 should go down the route of you have 2 years to prove you are elite, if not you are out like what happened to Vandoorne, it would quickly solve the young driver problem? :)


I think that was Exediron's point,yeah.

Might hurt the slow burners like Button though and I think only Mercedes have a real young driver problem and that's because they haven't promoted anyone unlike everyone else.

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Lotus49 wrote:
pokerman wrote:
Lotus49 wrote:
pokerman wrote:
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Yeah, Alonso was faster than him. If Toro Rosso isn't going to hire any driver Alonso is faster than, I have a feeling that car is going to stay empty for a while!

Faster at Le Mans?

Alonso was having problems with tyre wear and that's why he did mostly the night stints were the lower grip suited his driving on the tyres.


Both Spa and Le Mans on avg yeah.

Fair enough, still how many drivers would be able to match Alonso, there can only be so many elites.

I wonder if F1 should go down the route of you have 2 years to prove you are elite, if not you are out like what happened to Vandoorne, it would quickly solve the young driver problem? :)


I think that was Exediron's point,yeah.

Might hurt the slow burners like Button though and I think only Mercedes have a real young driver problem and that's because they haven't promoted anyone unlike everyone else.

They were more seats available back then so not quite the same situation for Button, Button had very little experience when he entered F1, just 2 seasons of car racing so the slow burning aspect would be a bit understandable.

Maybe it would be more of a situation were a driver wins at the highest junior level and then gets 2 seasons to prove himself and if he doesn't look elite that might be it for him like I say Vandoorne, obviously a very good driver but future world champion I don't see it.

In respect to Buemi himself I guess he also got his chance but then again he looks better then perhaps some of the other options that STR have?

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Listening to Toto today it looks like Ocon is out for next season. It also seems like he has a great chance of a Merc drive in 2020. Bottas is under huge pressure going into next season.


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Listening to Toto today it looks like Ocon is out for next season. It also seems like he has a great chance of a Merc drive in 2020. Bottas is under huge pressure going into next season.

He's been unlucky this season, he should have more points from the first third of the season, this and the fact that Hamilton has been stronger in the second third of the season has put him in this position of having to help Hamilton.

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pokerman wrote:
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Listening to Toto today it looks like Ocon is out for next season. It also seems like he has a great chance of a Merc drive in 2020. Bottas is under huge pressure going into next season.

He's been unlucky this season, he should have more points from the first third of the season, this and the fact that Hamilton has been stronger in the second third of the season has put him in this position of having to help Hamilton.


Don't think Bottas's reputation with be tarnished at all here!. If he still produces and get Mercedes and Hamilton to the titles, his job has been done. Maybe next year?. But I doubt it!. Bottas has been a reliable factor for Mercedes so far. Thumbs up!!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumb:

Ocon will have to wait, I'm afraid. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Silly Season 2019
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pokerman wrote:
mikeyg123 wrote:
Listening to Toto today it looks like Ocon is out for next season. It also seems like he has a great chance of a Merc drive in 2020. Bottas is under huge pressure going into next season.

He's been unlucky this season, he should have more points from the first third of the season, this and the fact that Hamilton has been stronger in the second third of the season has put him in this position of having to help Hamilton.


I think unless Bottas puts in an awesome first half of next season he's out.


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