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  • #273156
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    Iestyn Davies
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    It also shows that Red Bull are really backing him… if Vettel does move on, who’s to say that Gasly will not be the one promoted to F1, behind Verstappen/Sainz?

    And when was the last time that a Red Bull driver was in GP2…. Scott Speed? I agree on the track time though, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can do as well as Marciello. Maybe before the end of the season we can see a strong run from him. But it could also be a preparation for next year? If not anything more than an opportunity taken by Marko to run the rest of the season (Dillmann was probably on borrowed time in that seat).

    #272716
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    My preferred line-up would look something like this:

    Mercedes: Hamilton, Rosberg (di Resta)
    Red Bull: Ricciardo, Vettel (Felix da Costa)
    Ferrari: Alonso, Raikkonen (Marciello)
    Williams: Bottas, Massa (Nasr FP1s)
    McLaren: Button, Magnussen (Vandoorne FP1s)
    F.India: Hulkenberg, Perez (Juncadella FP1s)
    Renault: Grosjean, Vergne (Pic/Ocon)
    Toro Rosso: Kvyat, Verstappen (Gasly)
    Sauber: Kobayashi, Van der Garde (de Silvestro FP1s)
    Virgin: Bianchi, Palmer (Chilton)
    Infiniti: Frijns, Sainz Jr (Merhi FP1s)
    Forza Rossa: Maldonado, Gutierrez (Cecotto FP1s)
    Haas (development): Kovalainen, Rossi (Ericsson)

    I would be realistic enough in that with a lack of testing now before stepping up, Nasr, Vandoorne etc. would need FP1s for a year while Button, Massa etc. had a swansong, before big changes happened in 2016. Palmer for Chilton however is just a pay-driver step-up. Forza Rossa picking up the cash to launch, with other teams still surviving, is a total pipe-dream!

    #272714
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    Interesting…. the same happened to Kobayashi last year when not having driven an F1 car for quite a while. And Pastor Maldonado as well…. I think even Hamilton once? It was a McLaren with a car’s width section to drive through, at a public demo run.

    To me, this highlights how strange it is to be doing a ‘demo run’, complete with doughnuts, lit-up rears, waving to the crowd etc., when having so little experience (pit lane run, no laps at speed, to know where the limits are). Imagine being Jaime Alguersuari and being put into a race, when FP1 is your first time in the car at speed proper! Maybe they thought Max could easily handle it..

    #272435
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    @ben-n In that situation, I think it’s more likely that we would see Grosjean go to McLaren from Boullier’s push to get him and Hulkenberg passed over AGAIN for one more year, before Ferrari finally make a call to pick him or Bianchi to replace Raikkonen. The Force India car tailing off at the end of this year (like most years), won’t help him, as it didn’t for di Resta last year, when the tyre change wrecked the chance they had of beating McLaren.

    If Hulk continues to push so hard to make up for this (getting past Vettel at Hungary FTW), then there might be more mistakes creeping in, as also happened to di Resta (I think losing Singapore’s strong podium chance was what stalled his career). Perez is safe from the backing he brings (and possible buyout option for the team, if finances keep going downhill… Just run more FP1s for Juncadella.. but surely the Mexicans wouldn’t swap or replace Hulkenberg with Gutierrez!? Unless paid off in full.. but the Sauber is currently even slower than last year.. but imagine a Hulk vs. Bianchi run-off for the Ferrari seat!)

    #272384
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    True.. Sutil and Gutierrez are in the car now because their sponsorships are the most reliable. But now we’ve seen the first cracks in Sutil’s, if this delay in payment is true. VDG is the reserve, as his comes in fits and starts, but usually something pops up (if not the megabucks that would have had him in F1 years ago, and still racing this year). Sirotkin has something, but who knows what will happen with Russian money for next year, while de Silvestro has enough for Indycar, but F1 is a whole new ballgame, hence this year spent learning the car and trying to get more sponsorship together.

    #272351
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    The VDG news is entirely believable – he might bring the most cash, alongside Gutierrez. Maybe he was too late to secure the seat for 2014? Although, if Sutil continues to fall behind on sponsor payments, they might usher Giedo in before the end of the season.

    #272350
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    Heh, I like how the driver gives him a thumbs up, maybe a sarcastic one… (either that, or an acknowledgement that he had gotten too close if the other driver could do that, and was making his point..)

    #271788
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    Power looks well clear, while Newgarden is starting to show his pace. Q always looks odd with the either/or layout for the back rows of the grid.

    #271786
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    Makes sense then that they are the top rookies in Race 1, battling at the front.

    Even Karam couldn’t dominate in Pro Mazda, so the level of competition must be high. Hopefully Pigot and Hargrove can move up to Indy Lights, while Costa (who came on once he learned the car?) could battle with Alberico and the drivers around them for next year’s title.

    PS. I’m glad de Phillippi could get a Porsche Supercup drive – in many other years he’d have been a worthy champion I’m sure. And it looks like he needed the winner’s money to advance to Indy Lights.

    #271713
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    I’ve only heard of Pigot and Bumgarner from the other drivers, so there must be a lot of upcoming talents coming through in the Pro Mazda series. I thought Costa would be walking to the title!

    #271700
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    Just like Liuzzi at Monza, it’ll probably take another one of these, or a really bad one (injuries.. pile up on lap 1 etc.) before anyone decides to take some action, sadly.

    #271699
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    Also, I just read that the FIA have a limit on the number of drivers a team can use per season – 4 in races – how ridiculous is that? If Caterham want to run Kobayashi, Ericsson, Rossi, Frijns, Lotterer, Sainz Jr and Merhi in order to survive, why not let them?

    It would be nice to see how Sainz Jr and Merhi fare in comparison to Kobayashi/Lotterer/Ericsson as well. Why deny someone their F1 debut (or only chance of a race.. could have happened to Lotterer) for the sake of bureaucracy?

    #271697
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    @Bleu If that is true, it just shows how silly the FIA really are. Why would teams need reserved test numbers, if drivers can choose their own?

    For example, I would allow everyone to have their own number. But only in a race would the numbers be locked down – and then maybe I would only lock it per season. So Bianchi could graduate to 7 in a Ferrari if he wished – and the team would get continuity by chance into the next year.

    This would also allow a new driver to have a number, even if used the year previous. This works for both testing and racing – unless you lock the testing number to the driver per season as well. That might stop ‘number pinching’ mid-season..

    #271161
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    Imagine if Pagenaud used the same camera while testing the Honda McLaren F1 car!

    #270998
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    @andae23 It does sound ridiculous, but Button has always said that he will retire once Jessica is pregnant, although in the last few months I think he has now reignited the fire in his belly and would like to continue for at least one year with McLaren-Honda.

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