Phil wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:29 pm
Forget Vettel, what about Gasly?
Gasly is going to get replaced by either Kvyat or Albon, and i'm thinking Albon.
Esteban back to Toro Rosso alongside Kvyat. OR, another rookie from the RB camp
is going to go and take Albon's seat.
RB is probably preparing for a possible Verstappen leave. They're going to have to have
a seat for a top driver. Vettel is history, won't happen. Hamilton won't go there.
Bottas will stay at Mercedes or go to Renault to replace Hulkenberg if Kubica doesn't.
So Bottas won't end up at RedBull, i don't think that combo will work either.
Bottas isn't a RB guy by any means.
So who? well, there's really nobody left. They're in a seriously difficult situation after
Ricciardo's departure, as now there's just 1 talent left and quite frankly, no other talent
around that would be remotely interested in a redbull seat right now.
they're not competing for the win like last year, so, it's a pickle.
They must do everything they can to keep Max.
Gasly is not cut for the job, that much is clear. He's above mediocre at best.
Kvyat is far, far far more talented and they'd be wise to put him in there instead,
but, as mentioned before, Albon is putting quite some stellar performances and is really
surprisingly good. Definately better than Gasly. Problem is, he's too much of a rookie,
and thus the pressure of the mothership is quite a danger in itself.
Kvyat even struggled before, which is, i believe, the only reason that Helmut hasn't
switched Gasly with Kvyat yet.
I do believe Mercedes, despite Bottas being a perfect driver for them still, despite underperforming
in Canada, which, imho, is exactly why he's not going to be WDC ever - and a perfect 'buddy cop' for
Hamilton - is looking for a replacement for either Hamilton or Bottas.
There is nobody out there better than Verstappen to take aboard, and if they're smart, they need to
snatch him before Ferrari does. There's a good chance that Ferrari is thinking 2021 and investing,
and Verstappen wants to be WDC. It's questionable whether RB is going to provide Max a WDC capable
car, and as proven for multiple years now, both Mercedes and Ferrari are the only teams up there.
The engine formula is not going to change, so it would be wise to go for one of both.
Mercedes has been insanely dominant, and to be frank, it would do their image good if Verstappen would
come aboard and become the new WDC. It would lose it's 'boring' image that is starting to grow with every
Hamilton win. I'm sure Lewis also gets less 'motivated'. And i'm sure Lewis doesn't want to be in the same team
as Verstappen as if he gets beaten, it would damage his dominative reputation right now. So he'd have a go
at Ferrari i'm sure and either do an Alonso and Vettel, or, be actually the one, that gets WDC with Ferrari again.
Anyway, ask me, Verstappen in a Mercedes vs Hamilton in a Ferrari, would be, imho, the most thrilling thing to see.