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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #90 on: August 07, 2017, 04:41:13 AM »
OK, just going to spit all these out, some of which repeat or confirm previous links:

http://www.grandprix247.com/2017/08/04/neale-we-will-do-everything-we-can-to-keep-alonso/
McLaren very keen to keep Alonso for 2018

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http://www.grandprix247.com/2017/08/07/gasly-target-is-to-be-on-the-grid-in-2018-with-toro-rosso/
Gasly target is 2018 race seat with Toro Rosso

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http://www.grandprix247.com/2017/08/07/wolff-decision-on-bottas-to-be-made-next-month/
Bottas extension confirmation at Mercedes expected around Spa-Francorchamps

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http://www.grandprix247.com/2017/08/04/lowe-we-are-very-open-minded-about-next-year/
Di Resta to Williams for 2018?

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http://www.grandprix247.com/2017/08/05/sainz-my-only-target-is-to-be-a-red-bull-driver/
Sainz has only one goal - to one day race for the Red Bull team

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http://www.grandprix247.com/2017/08/04/marchionne-we-did-not-get-very-far-with-lewis/
Ferrari imply they held contract talks with Lewis Hamilton but did not go very far, and implies that their 2018 lineup will remain unchanged.
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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #91 on: August 08, 2017, 12:25:12 AM »
Then we need three new teams in 2024 to replace the three new teams from 2019 that failed and went bankrupt.
Still hopeful that Liberty will shred F1's heavily skewed approach to doling out the readies once Mr. Concorde Agreement expires at end of 2019.  At least try and make it viable for the independent teams.

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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #92 on: August 08, 2017, 02:00:15 AM »
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« Reply #93 on: August 08, 2017, 06:19:53 AM »
... seeing as Ferrari has indicated that Kimi will likely stay for 2018.

I did see that Grosjean fancies a return to Renault, but not until they're capable of winning races.  Good luck with that one, Romain.

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« Reply #94 on: August 08, 2017, 11:34:36 PM »
I did see that Grosjean fancies a return to Renault, but not until they're capable of winning races.  Good luck with that one, Romain.
He even said he will return when we are winning. As if it's already a done deal, and as though he has anything to do with Renault returning to winning ways. Spoken like he is a part of the elite "multiple world championships" club. Vettel, Alonso, and Hamilton may be excused if they speak that way because they are good enough. He isn't.
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« Reply #95 on: August 08, 2017, 11:44:26 PM »
More talk of Sauber being a Ferrari junior team, with Leclerc and Giovinazzi in position to replace Wehrlein and Ericsson.

Vasseur says it will be difficult to do it (secure their 2018 driver lineup) before September.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/young-drivers-sauber-vasseur-939621/
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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #96 on: August 11, 2017, 02:55:12 AM »
... but will it be Leclerc & Gio for 2018 or just one of them, perhaps alongside Ericsson given his Swedish credentials.  Arrange an F1 slot for the other guy in 2019.


Williams content with performances (cheques) that Stroll (Stroll senior) is producing: https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/stroll-has-cracked-formula-1-after-shaky-start-s-williams-939838/

So that's a safe seat... and Massa happy to continue for another year.  Trying to think who else they would consider drafting in to replace Felipe.

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« Reply #97 on: August 11, 2017, 04:15:24 AM »
The only realistic choices would be Di Resta, Ericsson or Palmer. The latter two bring money. If they sign any of them, it is proof Williams is in serious financial difficulty.
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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #98 on: August 11, 2017, 04:29:57 AM »
So nothing better out there than Massa... that's what I figured; and please don't even joke about Palmer getting a Williams-shaped lifeline.