F1Today keeps being shoved down my throat on both Facebook and Twitter, hence I’ve read this Pulitzer-material:
In short: when someone doesn’t answer their phone, they’re going to be in F1 at Brazil this year.
@fastiesty Sirotkin has been doing well in FR3.5, but is a tad inconsistent. However, Barrichello has been out for two years and despite being a great guy, I think a guy like Massa would do Sauber and Sirotkin a lot better. Ironically, Barrichello has won a race more recently than Massa, but Massa has spent time at Sauber and still has close ties to Ferrari. I also doubt Barrichello’s alleged ’8 figure’ sponsor budget would be in it for the long run and Sauber could do with some stability. Sirotkin would probably be a long term driver as well, so it’d help him more to have the same team mate to learn from for 3/4 years.
Since there is talk of Telmex money not reaching McLaren (and Sauber not getting NEC/Telmex money) before, I don’t think a Perez-Sauber reunion is on the cards. I think it became pretty clear Sauber wasn’t too happy with Perez not scoring in the final part of last season. Meanwhile, Gutierrez is being hyped by Sauber, but despite being in the team since 2010, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him outed for someone who brings more cash.
Hulkenberg would be a good driver for McLaren, but he has been visibly frustrated at Sauber about a lack of speed and progress, and I doubt Ron Dennis would enjoy the same on him if McLaren were to sign him and have another bad season in 2014. McLaren typically keep on drivers for a bit longer too, with Montoya as a recent exception. If Kovalainen got 2 seasons next to Lewis, I think Perez should get another season, unless his contract is dependent on Telmex.
Meanwhile, McLaren talking openly about wanting Magnussen in F1 has spurred on some talk about him joining Marussia next year, but there isn’t much concrete to base that on. Other websites are reporting Da Costa is set for Toro Rosso after a good weekend at Paul Richard and is due to talk to Tost and Marko.
There is also talk of our old friend Vitaly Petrov; he is said to have 35 million in sponsor money and is talking to Sauber, Williams and Marussia. Though I’m sure a lot of websites just dusted off those messages from late 2012.
Here’s some fun:
How things are shaping up
What I’d like