ESPImperium wrote: ↑
Tue May 15, 2018 10:16 pm
My take on the present drivers market is this:
Mercedes AMG: 44] Hamilton / 77] Bottas
My reasoning here is that the engineers wish lots of continuity, Bottas is consistently picking up podiums and has picked up wins where Hamilton can't and can hold up a Ferrari or two on most days, not them all.
Scuderia Ferrari: 5] Vettel / 3] Riccardo
Ferrari now need something, someone better than Raikkonen, even though Kimi has been largely better, and Im sure that it would give the bolt up Sebs backside. And Daniel will want away from the now toxic Verstappen bubble.
Red Bull-Honda: 55] Verstappen / 10] Gasly
The Sainz Bungee will not be activated, they will go for Gasly in order to give Max a number 2 in effect. This will have an effect on the driver market else where. Also Gasly will be in there for the Honda development.
Renault Sport F1: 27] Hulkenberg / 55} Sainz
Renault will be able to call Sainz their own, and build the team around two great drivers.
McLaren-Renault: 14] Alonso / XX] Norris
Norris may seem like another Stroll, but he is the real deal and Im sure that the McLaren management would like to say he is the next Hamilton.
Haas-Ferrari: 20] Magnussen / 16] Leclerc
Romain is now gone, he was looking like a Kimi replacement at one time, now he needs to leave F1 and concentrate on cookery books. He is too fragile a driver, and its making him a first class first lap nutcase. K-Mag is seeing his stock rise, and im sure that Renault and Ferrari have had a look. Will be an opportunity to look at Leclerc in better machinery.
Force India-Mercedes: 11] Perez / 31] Ocon
Continuity, and the fact the team will keep the Mexican money flowing and the free rear end from Mercedes, who will need Ocon to be ready for when they tire of Bottas.
Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda: 28] Hartley / XX] Matsushita
Hartley will be stay in F1, however he is being used as a stop gap till Red Bull have two F1 capable drivers again as they will bring two newbies in in a heartbeat again. Noru will be here for the Honda board.
Alfa Sauber-Ferrari: 9] Erickson / XX] Giovanazzi
Marcus will stay as his backers own the place, Antonio will get his first year in F1, and to keep the Italian link for Alfa and Ferrari.
Williams-Mercedes: 18] Stroll / XX] Kubica
The engineers will see that they need a driver with experience in F1 machinery, the finance guys won last year, but the engineers will decide that Sirokin is gone, and Kubica will have his comeback. Stroll will continue his development and the €35m a year - 5 year deal will be in year 3. However i see more engineering staff hired.
The FIA i think will also announce that there will be a tender for 2 new teams in F1 for 2021, one to be powered by Renault and one by Honda. This time, they will use non listed parts and also be able to use a test car for the last 6 months of 2020 in order to hit the ground faster and better than any other new team in the past decade or more. These teams will aid Renault and Honda in development of the new F1 2021 engine as Ferrari and Mercedes will be allowed to run a development mule for the same time. These teams will be helped out bu FOM with a new payment structure and a helping hand do develop these development mules. A 12 team grid will be on the horizon.