Zynerji wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 19, 2022 2:16 am
CHT wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 19, 2022 12:28 am
Just curious if we can expect to see SV following KR and MS's footsteps by returning to F1 after taking a 2-3 years sabbatical from the sport. 2026 may open up many new possibilities for German WDC drivers like SV. e.g. Team Audi (2026), or even Merc (after LH retirement).
Why? We have a golden age of young drivers, and he's 4 times WDC with a family and millions in the bank.
I think he's gone for good.
When Merc bought into F1 Brawn GP, the first thing the team did was to sign MS as their no.1 driver and NR (2 german drivers). Having a WDC driver will certainly make the entire package look credible and in some way also help in technical development since they are all experienced in developing championship-winning teams and cars. For the team owners, having WDC will also mean more brand exposure due to wider fans and media interest.
Audi/Porche, being a German company, will most likely follow Merc's path of signing German driver as this will instantly create a buzz among shareholders, and local and global F1 fans. On the grid right now, there are no other credible german drivers except for SV as I don't think Nico Hulkenberg or Mick can command the same standing as SV. The only other possible German driver is perhaps Nico Rosberg, who is currently 37 years old. Come 2026, he will be 41 years old, the same age when MS came out of retirement to join Merc.
One other advantage of signing SV will perhaps be his link to RBR and Ferrari as a team like Audi/Porche will certainly go on a massive recruitment exercise to bring in top engineers and designers from other teams