Nico Rosberg Has Retired From F1.
Posted Dec 02 2016 - 04:45 PM
Posted Dec 04 2016 - 06:41 AM
Alonso as been strongly mentioned,with even a reversal of his sabatical/retirement in Jenson Button.
Nikki Lauda as stated that a young driver,like a werhlein,is out of the question. Maybe Nikki is lining himself up for the seat. Lol !!
On other F1 news,the German GP at Nurburgh ring is off. They won't move it to Hockhenheim as the license deal is alternating between the two German tracks.
Rumours are the French GP could return. Not at Magny Cours but Paul Ricard. Apparently Bernie owns the track and he will rent it out to the promoters,after stating that not only will the French GP never return,but that Magny Cours is not suitable for a GP.
Mmmmmm cloak and dagger stuff here me thinks.
Posted Dec 04 2016 - 08:21 AM
Posted Dec 04 2016 - 09:33 AM
80% of the actual F1 driver already called Wolff (his words) giving their availability to a Mercedes seat ...
Posted Dec 04 2016 - 11:54 AM
Toto Wolff called Renault for Hulkenberg, but Renault don't want to budge in letting him go. Perhaps for Sainz (their rumoured 2018 pre-contract choice?), where RBR could bring in Gasly?
You have to laugh about Hulkenberg's luck, it's been downhill for him ever since that 'debris caution' was called at Brazil 2012, a race he had sewn up, leading to a puncture costing him a podium at Brazil 2016. If he hadn't signed for Renault, Wolff could have signed him for cheap, saved money on Rosberg's contract, and not even had to pay off Force India as they were in breach of contract with Hulkenberg over salary payments (hence 'not standing in his way' about him moving to Renault).
The logical thing to do is to poach Bottas (also managed by Toto Wolff) from Williams and offer them Wehrlein and an engine discount as replacement. He can then continue his learning battling Ocon/Force India. Nasr might get a reprieve through this at Sauber or Manor, who are also targeting Gutierrez/Haryanto, but where he was behind Wehrlein in the pecking order.
The cheapest option is to just stick Wehrlein in at Mercedes, but that could end up like Kvyat at RBR and they need a dependable driver if Red Bull's rumoured Newey 'aero-demon' (20cm longer than other cars.. reminiscent of Melbourne 1998) means Mercedes won't have it all their own way in 2017.
Posted Dec 04 2016 - 02:42 PM
If I were Toto and Mercedes I would go for Sainz. I think he as been solid over the last couple years and he just needs a competitive car. Which he nearly had with TR and when he was Max's team mate.
Depends on contracts though with his present team ?
Edited by twinpotter, Dec 04 2016 - 02:46 PM.
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