I’ve actually been very impressed by Vergne lately. I was never a big fan of him (just neutral) but I’m really glad that he didn’t go into full-time sulk-mode after missing out on the RB seat (I know many drivers who would have coped less well). He has simply kept his chin up and has driven hard. We know he got beaten by Ricciardo quite often in their stint together but Vergne did frequently outrace him on Sunday. This year he’s been in the top 10 most of the time, and I don’t think he gets enough credit for it. If I was in charge at RB (armchair guru here) and Vettel jumped ship I’d give Vergne a shot first and keep Kvyat (who’s doing an awesome job) marinading at TR for a little longer. Anyway, in order of likelihood at the present moment:
1. Bottas – the Williams is potentially so fast, when do they string a perfect weekend together?
2. Hulkenberg – obviously ready, but I feel like it’ll take a bold strategy and controlling race to get it done.
3. Perez – bit of a loose canon, but is often surprisingly amongst the frontrunners
4. Vergne – I can’t imagine Toro Rosso winning this year, but he could probably do it.
5. Magnussen – Maybe not quite ready and McLaren is blowing hot and cold and more often cold.
6. Grosjean – talent wasted at Lotus. They we’re saying big teams were sniffing around, but I’ve no clue who that could be.
7. Kvyat – Not yet. I have faith though.
the rest less than 1 percent chance.
Has to be Hulkenberg. There will be one weekend where it must all come together for him and he delivers his usual excellent performance.
If not Hulkenberg, Bottas could do a strong performance at Monza or somewhere should Mercedes fail again. And should either Lotus build a decent car next year or should he move to a top team, which I don’t see why he shouldn’t, how about Grosjean?