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  • #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.

    #270997
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    Well, Honda desire a top WDC driver to lead their charge – if they deem Button past it, then that leaves Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton. Alonso’s mega $35m offer expired on the 20th.. Hamilton won’t leave Mercedes, Raikkonen will retire soon – Vettel is the last one left. And, he’s under the kosh now at RB with Ricciardo – and Kvyat vs. Verstappen to come. That’s serious competition to win WDCs from now on in a Red Bull, even if it’s the best car.

    Thus, it makes sense that a new opportunity would be Honda McLaren, number one driver at a new works outfit that might soon be as strong as Mercedes and Red Bull (and I can’t believe I’m writing that after McLaren’s 2013/2014). Honda’s engine should be strong, after having this year to test/rectify errors like Ferrari and Renault made. McLaren’s car will probably be better now that Dennis is back in charge.

    But even I thought that Chilton would see out the season – so it really comes down to money, and Honda have a lot of that on their return to F1. Who they sign will thus lock or unlock the 2015 driver market. JEV would be a lucky boy to move up to Red Bull! However, Sainz Jr is still about…

    #270996
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    Interesting.. I rate Aitken so it’ll be interesting to see how he does. I would expect a strong performance.

    #270735
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    And then by the end of 2016, outperforming Ricciardo? He’s well placed to break all of the ‘youngest in F1′ records…

    #270737
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    @jb001 I’m getting confused again… I’d swap Kimball for Karam and use Kimball’s sponsorship to keep D&R on the grid. Kanaan-Dixon-Briscoe-Karam is a great 4 car line up, and Sage could learn a lot from those three.

    Will Pagenaud join the Andretti four car team as a fifth or stay at Schmidt-Peterson?

    #270648
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    @jb001 Does that mean Newgarden to learn off of and pair up with Carpenter/Conway? Their combined scores so far give them 426, a solid ‘best of the rest’ with Kanaan…

    #270647
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    A good move… I’d love to see a Hunter-Reay, Andretti, Munoz, Karam 4-car line-up at Andretti Autosport. @craig-o

    #270646
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    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….

    #270645
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    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!

    #270644
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    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 Vettel replacement in a few years’ time (2016). They are both ultra-fast adapters, with maximum total speed.. i.e. Marko’s wet dreams come true.

    Sainz may possibly only be mid-pack at best – so he will be in the Caterham ‘C’ team.. replacing Kobayashi no doubt. He may thus go the way Vergne, Jaime and Buemi went – out the door, after losing to Vettel, Ricciardo, Kvyat. Gasly still has time to mature, win FR3.5 next year and then join F1 in 2016, around 20/21, if needed.

    PS. I’m glad that my prediction for ‘at least one Ricciardo win before 2015′ from April, in the last page, came true!

    #270485
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    This reminds me of “We’re bringing the British GP to Donington from next year, and are going to totally revamp the track”, leading to “Back to Silverstone, we could only produce a video and demolish the Michelin bridge, and break up the track surface”.. I would imagine a similar outcome, possibly accompanied by “Welsh government try to chase COW people for the £25m they gave them to build the circuit”…

    #270456
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    @npf1 I wonder how things would have been different then if Verstappen didn’t abandon Marlboro for Benetton. Marlboro moved from McLaren to Ferrari in 1997…. and Schumi broke his leg in 1999, giving Irvine a title chance..

    PS. Isn’t it mad how Max won so many titles in his first 5 years (2005-09) of competition?! Even in learning years he then wins 1 title as a minimum… technically 2014 is one of his worst years so far ! He won everything last year, apart from that World Championship where they randomly had a second race, months after he’d won the first race and been declared WKC – that kind of thing turns me off from karting, tbh, and probably hinders its promotion.

    GP2 would be interesting, but RB already put him in a 2012 FR3.5 car yesterday, in the wet at the Red Bull Ring. So, in FR3.5 next year, he’ll be looking to minimise the mistakes and battle for the title with Gasly. The cars aren’t always suited for close racing, so there’ll be less chance for a banzai overtaking move (or if it sticks, it’ll really stand out) – if he excites Keith will have to be on his toes!

    #270341
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    Also, I can personally vouch for GP3 being £500k on average – so the French preview stating 750k Euros for a season in 2011 is out – unless it was more expensive back then, or it doesn’t mean for the driver, but a team budget? I think some of the salary numbers are made up to fill in gaps, but some may be accurate. I saw a better one somewhere else..

    #270338
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    Well, I thought he would go to Mercedes, to replace Hamilton or Rosberg/whichever one falls out first or starts losing pace. But this is probably a better option – plus it gives Marko the ability to place him at Toro Rosso next year, if he so desires. Not to mention that RB now have the runner-up in F3, to add to the leaders of GP3 and FR3.5.

    Sense would dictate that Sainz moves up for next year, along side Kvyat, while Verstappen and Gasly slug it out in FR3.5. But to be honest, I wouldn’t at all be surprised if we saw Kvyat/Verstappen next year. Perhaps it depends on what Vettel does – and how quickly they need a replacement. If they see one of those two as it, then they could be slugging it out at Toro Rosso until one is needed (2016? 2017?). But they definitely have a lot of talent to choose from now!

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