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  • F1 Silly Season, or looking at 2019

    Plans and announcements are already well underway for 2019. We might as well have a place to discuss it.

    The latest news - not surprising - is that Vandoorne will be replaced by Lando Norris at McLaren. Norris will be Sainz's teammate, as Carlos is replacing Fernando. That makes for a pretty young team in the papaya orange cars. Will they be competitive?

    Max and Pierre will be a fairly young team at Red Bull, too. Will Max act like the mature veteran of the team?

    What is going to become of the midfield merry-go-round? Who will be at Force India/Racing Point? (Will Stroll make it "Racing Pointless"?) Haas? Williams? TR? Will Team Stallion keep Kimi or go for the young blood of Leclerc?

    Will Russell earn an F1 ride by winning F2? Or will Mercedes keep him locked up in the paddock?


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    That makes for a pretty young team in the papaya orange cars. Will they be competitive?
    Norris and Sainz should be able to extract the best performance out of the car, by my reckoning. The question is, how long is it going to take McLaren to come up with a truly competitive car?

    Max and Pierre will be a fairly young team at Red Bull, too. Will Max act like the mature veteran of the team?


    Who will be at Force India/Racing Point? (Will Stroll make it "Racing Pointless"?)
    Perez and Stroll seem like the obvious combination. Force India have proven highly effective, when compared to Williams - so it will be up to Lance to show that he can extract similar performance from the car as his new team mate.

    Will Team Stallion keep Kimi or go for the young blood of Leclerc?
    It's my guess that they'll stick with Kimi. Vettel is the one they're counting on for their next Constructor Championship (while winning the Driver's) and Kimi provides the stability necessary as his team mate, they clearly get along well.

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    • #3
      Well, it's official now. Ferrari are going young next year, giving their second seat to Leclerc. And Kimi will be going back to Sauber, where he began his F1 career.

      I hope Kimi helps Sauber continue to move up the field, and is not frustrated there like Alonso has been at McLaren.

      I also hope that the pressure of driving at Ferrari so young doesn't ruin the promising career of Leclerc. He seems a decent fellow, and a talented driver.

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      • #4
        Any news about Ocan?

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        • #5
          He's looking at 2020, I think ... disappointingly.

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          • #6
            Another insightful column from Jolyon Palmer here, on the many drivers who will be switching seats next year.

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            • #7
              Antonio Giovinazzi in at Sauber, Ericsson out

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              • #8
                Haas have announced the same driver lineup for next year. Not a big surprise, since the team continues improving each year.

                Funny (to me) is the talk in Sochi about Toro Rosso possibly bringing back Daniil "Torpedo" Kvyat for next year. Didn't he do enough damage during his previous time in F1? I would think they could get some considerations from Mercedes if they give a seat to Ocon (if he doesn't go to Williams, that is).

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                • #9
                  The other manufacturers don't want to touch Mercedes juniors.

                  Kyvat was, I think, better than he showed. He was badly treated by Marko, who now sees his junior prog is a mess. The next guy (Ticktum) they could promote does not quite seem fast enough or right in the head.

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                  • #10
                    CONFIRMED: Daniil Kvyat to make return to F1 with Toro Rosso next season.

                    As the silly season is nearly over, perhaps this thread could become the 2019 F1 thread, with appropriate name-change, once it is?

                    What say you OP and WCR?

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                    • #11
                      Ferrari
                      Sebastian Vettel
                      Charles Leclerc

                      Haas-Ferrari
                      Romain Grosjean
                      Kevin Magnussen

                      McLaren
                      Carlos Sainz Jr
                      Lando Norris

                      Mercedes
                      Lewis Hamilton
                      Valtteri Bottas

                      Red Bull Racing
                      Pierre Gasly
                      Max Verstappen

                      Renault
                      Daniel Ricciardo
                      Nico Hülkenberg

                      Sauber
                      Kimi Räikkönen
                      Antonio Giovinazzi

                      Scuderia Toro Rosso
                      Daniil Kvyat
                      TBA

                      Williams
                      TBA
                      TBA

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NicoRosberg. View Post
                        As the silly season is nearly over, perhaps this thread could become the 2019 F1 thread, with appropriate name-change, once it is?

                        What say you OP and WCR?
                        I think the 2019 F1 Season will deserve its own thread, rather than trying to re-purpose this one.

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                        • #13
                          Meanwhile, Planet F1 report that they'll find something for Ocon to keep him busy ... logically, he should be a perfect 'fit' as a reserve driver, and well able (if inclined) to advise Stroll on the quirks of the company and the car.

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                          • #14
                            The Russian company Uralkali, led by the father of Nikita Mazepin, is sewing FRP Advisory for not taking their bid on Force India seriously.

                            They claim to have bid a higher amount of money plus a 5 year plan to keep the team healthy.

                            they now want compensation. FRP says they did everything right and will fight the claim, thing could get nasty when court will ask about the details of the deal with the Stroll consortium ...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LowlandsRider View Post
                              The Russian company Uralkali, led by the father of Nikita Mazepin, is sewing FRP Advisory for not taking their bid on Force India seriously.

                              They claim to have bid a higher amount of money plus a 5 year plan to keep the team healthy.

                              they now want compensation. FRP says they did everything right and will fight the claim, thing could get nasty when court will ask about the details of the deal with the Stroll consortium ...
                              Is there law in this situation that requires all bids to be treated equally? I guess since the team was in administration, there probably are laws that govern the process. But I would also guess that there are plenty of other facets to be considered when weighing the offers.

                              If Uralkali wants an F1 team so badly, they should build a new one! Especially if they have a plan to keep their team viable for five years. It's almost a unanimous refrain that people want more teams on the grid.

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