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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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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« 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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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« 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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« 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.

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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #99 on: August 22, 2017, 09:02:23 AM »
As expected, but I am disappointed, Raikkonen has been maintained by Ferrari for 2018:
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/raikkonen-secures-new-ferrari-deal-943426/
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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #100 on: August 23, 2017, 12:55:34 AM »
So that's another thirty races of playing second fiddle to Vettel... what better way for a World Champion to finish his career.

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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #101 on: August 23, 2017, 02:42:23 AM »
How about Raikkonen actually matching Vettel? That would be a decent way to end your career.

Kimi will be up to 294 races by the end of 2018, putting him behind only Schumacher, Barrichello, and Button. And Alonso will still remain ahead of Kimi if the Spaniard does race on in 2018. Alonso will be second only to Barrichello if he enters all races for the remainder of this season as well as next year.
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« Reply #102 on: August 23, 2017, 03:09:37 AM »
 I don't think Kimi's able to match Vettel these days, perhaps at certain tracks when he's having an 'on it' weekend, but not across a full season.  Fortunately (for Kimi) that's not an issue when it comes to Ferrari filling their second seat.

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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #103 on: August 23, 2017, 03:46:50 AM »
Kartoffel van Door is confirmed for 2018 at McLaren.

https://www.grandprix247.com/2017/08/23/mclaren-confirm-vandoorne-for-2018/
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Re: 2018 Driver Speculation
« Reply #104 on: August 23, 2017, 03:48:56 AM »
Here's the 2018 tables, rearranged in order of current constructors championship position.

Could I create this topic any sooner? I'll get back to you.

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport:
44. Lewis Hamilton (link)
77. Valtteri Bottas (link)

Scuderia Ferrari:
7. Kimi Räikkönen (link)
3. Daniel Ricciardo (link)
5. Sebastian Vettel (link)
11. Sergio Perez (link)
14. Fernando Alonso (link)
44. Lewis Hamilton (link)
?. Antonio Giovinazzi (link)
?. Charles Leclerc (link)

Red Bull Racing:
3. Daniel Ricciardo (link)
33. Max Verstappen (link)

Force India F1 Team:
31. Esteban Ocon
11. Sergio Perez (link)
18. Lance Stroll (link)
?. Lucas Auer (link)

Williams Martini Racing:
18. Lance Stroll (link)
19. Felipe Massa (link)
?. Luca Ghiotto (link)

Scuderia Toro Rosso:
26. Daniil Kvyat (link)
55. Carlos Sainz Jr. (link)

Haas F1 Team:
8. Romain Grosjean (link)
20. Kevin Magnussen (link)

Renault Sport Formula One Team:
27. Nico Hülkenberg
14. Fernando Alonso (link)
55. Carlos Sainz Jr. (link)
?. Oliver Rowland (link)
?. Robert Kubica (link)

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team:
2. Stoffel Vandoorne (link)
14. Fernando Alonso (link)
55. Carlos Sainz Jr. (link)

Sauber F1 Team:
9. Marcus Ericsson (link)
?. Charles Leclerc (link)



Includes the fresh rumour linking Lance (and Lawrence) Stroll to Force India. How about a Force Canada? Force America?
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