I’ve followed Max Verstappen since he drove minikarts and he amazed me every year. Only a few months ago I said it was too early to debuting in de F3 Euroseries. He proved me wrong. Now I think that it’s too early for F1, but I bet he’ll prove me wrong as well.
At the end of 2015, he will be outperforming Kvyat.
Iestyn Davies replied to the topic Who would make up your ‘optimal F1 grid’ in 5 years’ time? in the forum Formula One 1 day, 2 hours ago
This thread was lost in the mystery of time… but looking back now, indeed Perez looks optimistic, but of all the sponsored drivers, he’s the best representative. Maybe Verstappen could take his place in the rankings by this time next year….
Given his history, I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t match Kvyat off the bat… he’s one of the fastest adapters to new machinery I’ve ever seen, and that was a strength of Kvyat’s as well. This will definitely be the most interesting battle to come on next year’s grid… and possibly even closer than any other!
If you think about it, this move makes the most sense of any – Marko has the ability to and thus has put together two of the best talents of the 2015 onwards generation, to slug it out and replace Vettel at the main RB outfit. There’s definitely a future title battle with Ricciardo to come from one of these guys, who could both be a straight up…[Read more]
Theo Parkinson replied to the topic Who would make up your ‘optimal F1 grid’ in 5 years’ time? in the forum Formula One 1 day, 5 hours ago
I guess Sainz isn’t likely to be on that list anymore… I pretty much agree with your first 11 (I don’t know that much about junior formulas) but I wouldn’t have Perez, even though he is likely with the Mexican Gp returning. I think he is a great pay driver, but the guy just doesn’t get points, and a lot of his standout performances come from the…[Read more]
Any probability Da Costa still had probably went out of the window when he agreed to do DTM. Sure, there’s Di Resta and further back Albers, but considering Red Bull usually park their drivers in reserve seats, I think they never intended him to be on the path to F1 after moving him there.
As for Sainz and Gasly, if they’re still in FR3.5 next…[Read more]
As Roberto Chinchero recently tweeted, an F1 seat would’ve been the one thing that Red Bull could offer Verstappen what Mercedes couldn’t.
The one thing that upsets me is that this seems to have all but ended any hope of Ant Felix da Costa becoming an F1 driver. JEV is probably gone, too.
Max Verstappen confirmed with Toro Rosso: http://www.verstappen.nl/?locatie=bericht&x=1&id=8713&lang=en
Current realistic/boring expectations:
(I’d say there is a 33% chance they drop Massa for Nasr.)
(Boullier makes his move, Button goes fishing with Brawn and…[Read more]
I can’t see any of the following teams changing their drivers: Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams, McLaren, Force India.
It’s Sauber which is the interesting one really. It looks like any two of at least five drivers have a realistic shout at getting a seat there for 2015.
Considering the so called “Silly Season and Money Talks”, here´s my Predictions for 2015 F1 Drivers:
1) AMG Petronas-MERCEDES => Hamilton, Rosberg
2) REB BULL-Renault => Ricciardo, Grosjean
3) WILLIAMS-Mercedes => Massa, Bottas
4) Scuderia FERRARI => Vettel, Raikkonen
5) McLAREN-Honda => Alonso, Button
6) Sahara FORCE INDIA-Mercedes =>…[Read more]
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