raymondu999 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:10 am
Will (not would/could/should) Hamilton continue above 2021?
Doubtful. Retire on top. Why slug it out tooth and nail against Russell, in a new regulation car that may not even be the best? Such a shame for the fans, that the tooth and nail battle with Russell could have
been this year and for a WDC, but Mercedes inexplicably re-signed Bottas early on against all logic.
One thing is for sure: Russell's 2022-2024 3-year Mercedes deal should
be announced ASAP, there is no reason to delay that announcement. Probability of Bottas suddenly driving much better, defeating Hamilton and winning the 2021 WDC and being retained is almost zero IMO.
Whether Hamilton, Ocon or other (Norris!?
) will drive the other Mercedes is something to decide later.
Meanwhile if Verstappen decides to try Mercedes (even with the budget cap and reduced wind tunnel allocation), that really
puts Red Bull Racing in a pickle!
Ricciardo is contracted for 2022, Alonso likewise, obtaining Norris would be difficult, as would obtaining Russell... Surely they won't put Gasly or Tsunoda or Albon alongside Perez? I guess Red Bull could bide their time with a Perez + Hulkenberg/Magnuessen/Grosjean lineup.
Edit -- Oops, I actually forgot about Vettel w.r.t. Red Bull or Mercedes, such is the high estimation the 4xWDC is (not) held in!