@prisoner-monkeys They’ll pick him anyway. AFdC has been far from terrible this season – he’s in fifth place in WSR 3.5 after all, despite terrible luck, with a win and two podiums. It’s only because of the over the top type hype surrounding him at the season’s start that so many have been disappointed with him.
Marko has made it clear that they’ll promote someone from within their junior program. They’re not going to pick Sainz, who’s currently in 9th place in GP3 and hasn’t won a race in the series, and has just three WSR races under his belt. Nor are they going to pick Kvyat (who I rate highly BTW) who has driven a Formula One car just once. Ricciardo was given (almost) two seasons in WSR, 2 YDTs, 9 FP1s and 11 races with HRT before he was promoted to STR. Vergne had one and a bit seasons in WSR, 2 YDTs and 3 FP1 sessions before his elevation. The only driver who ticks all the boxes is da Costa. And, if any more evidence was needed, who got the most time in the Red Bull at the most recent YDT?
It’s da Costa and no one else on the short list, and Marko is just giving him a prod.