Vandoorne's been great, especially in quali, in the races less so but they've been using the Venturi powertrain and had a bunch of drive shaft failures early in the season, it's a bit inefficient - in the same way Nissan is overworking their rear tyres and despite ~50% of pole positions only got 1 win. HWA become Mercedes next year (with Venturi using their powertrain) and I think he'll be kept on. Massa has a 2year contract.marmer wrote: ↑Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:39 amDo we know which drivers are being kept for next year.
For me paffet and Massa need to go too old not shown anything.
I would also drop vandorne he can't be cheap and hasn't looked great but I fear they will keep him just because of how much fan boast vote he gets..
Or am I missing something with stoff I just can't see why anyone would vote for him.
Bold are the guys confirmed, brackets is what I think will be the case.
Techeetah - Vergne + ?
Audi - Di Grassi + Abt
Nissan - (Buemi) + (Rowland)
Virgin - Bird + Frijns
BMW - (Da Costa) + (Sims)
Jaguar - (Evans) + (Lynn)
Mahindra - (Wehrlein) + (D'ambrosio)
Mercedes - (Vandoorne) + ?
Venturi - Massa + Mortara
Dragon - (Gunther) + (Nasr)
NIO - (Turvey) + (Dillman)
Porsche - Jani + ?
I think Jaguar, Nissan, Mahindra, NIO, BMW will be the same as this year. Lotterer may be jumping from DS to Porsche, but I also saw a rumour that Hulkenberg may be persuaded to join Porsche from F1 because Renault want to sign Ocon for the French angle. I think Mercedes will be Vandoorne plus Ocon/Engel/Paffet, but Mortara has done some of their testing even though he's apparently contracted to Venturi. Lopez has been dire for 2 years (occasionally quick but constantly crashing) so I think he's gone, but Gunther did well, maybe Nasr will join again with a full pre-season schedule to actually get used to the car.
If I were a boss at a top team I'd want Turvey in my car, experienced plus he consistently outperformed Piquet and Dillman for NIO including some good points and podiums, but he's been overlooked so far. Outside shout for a chance is Calderon (DS) or Chadwick (NIO) who were both fairly good in the mid-season tests (of course you never know the engine modes run), but I doubt it!