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    I guess the obvious answer to this is Max Verstappen, who is looking like the next Schumi, while somewhat ironically, Mick Jr could maybe be the next Jos Verstappen ;). It’s hard to say looking far ahead (anyone would predict Hulkenberg WDC titles going off junior strength), but getting in a top car really helps.. Hamilton and Vettel will battle for the next few years in the best two cars. Bianchi lost his chance to join Ferrari to partner Vettel/eventually replace him.

    Verstappen is well placed to join a resurgent Red Bull/Audi by 20 and kick off a 5-10 year dominant streak (like Vettel when he joined). It’s likely he’ll be alongside Ricciardo so that will be a good battle. If Bottas gets into a Mercedes then he could feature. Same for Hulkenberg if he can get in a Mercedes or RB Audi. Magnussen/Vandoorne/de Vries might get into a surging McLaren-Honda.

    Looking further ahead.. it’s tough to predict, but the latest Karting World Champions are now both in MSA Formula (British F4), so maybe we could see Norris or Ahmed challenging in 10 years’ time ;). Leclerc, Ocon etc. would be good picks for challenging Verstappen if they can get into top F1 machinery, but maybe Ocon might not make it like Frijns (due to funding), or get stuck in a Lotus that’s mid-grid at best, like Grosjean.

    #297271
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    @philereid What about Alonso at Hungary in 2006? ;)

    But I totally agree on that Spa lap, that was a total back and forth at each corner!

    What about Nurburgring 2007? All cars spin off, Winklehock leads :D

    #297270
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    @xtwl Alonso was only 3.9 seconds off the points in Bahrain – a track that needs engine power. Also, at Melbourne, Button was only 2.3 seconds off the leading pace at the end when they turned up the engine (race pace).

    Looking at the Bahrain lap chart.. around Williams is a huge gap. With Renault and Honda in the Merc/Ferrari ballpark, that would put Red Bull as 3rd best team, Williams 4th, McLaren 5th, Toro Rosso battling Lotus, Sauber battling Force India, Manor getting closer. Lotus really might rue Maldonado dropping points at the end of the season.

    #296754
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    In French – Autorite Sportive Nationale…. or in English, national sport governing body (authority :P).

    #296748
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    What we can expect from the bottom three teams:

    Honda to dial up the engine to full, developing their ERS (or making it reliable at full chat). Significant potential.
    2015 Force India B-Spec car, basically the proper car but half way through the season. Moderate potential.
    2015 Manor as well as 2015 Ferrari engines. Big step on the engine, probably the car will just be trying to remember what the design was before it was lost to the CVA.

    Renault could also gain a little from token use, and if Red Bull iron out their problems, it’ll be hard for Manor to be ahead of anybody, but the 2015 engines should at least put them closer to the rear of the pack.

    #296743
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    Wasn’t it made into a funny gif when Webber did it? Primarily because it was a comeback to the deployment of the clapping line of women on the route to the podium, along with a few to clap the podium.

    #296432
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    Verstappen, Ocon, Leclerc… these are the names of F1 in the future! Naturally, not all will probably get a shot though..

    Looks like Russell and Leclerc, behind Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi..

    Maisano a guide for Stroll? Ilott besting Lorandi so far.

    #296121
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    @bradley13 Nice, I stumbled on this after watching the Franklin launch and noticed the 2 new series. Noting that GP3 now has 24 cars.. what would you say to the same in FV3 sometime? There are also 17 in VEC… adding 3 more there gives:

    24 in FV, 20 in VEC = 44 in tier 1
    24 in FV2, 24 in VWRS = 48 in tier 2
    24 in FV3, 20 in VERS, 20 in VARS = 64 in tier 3

    I’m thinking that those who don’t make the 3 series that get reported on (from the 2 new series) could then proceed to VEC’s expanded multi-driver cars on a consistent basis, an alternative route that definitely happens in real life. If 2 FV3 teams simply swap to VEC, then it could even be 7 cars added and the same total car number in tier 1 as in tier 2, with seats for roughly half of the new series drivers in future.

    #295653
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    Red Bull also sponsor Audi in DTM? A pertinent question at this point might be: Who do Red Bull not sponsor :P

    Also, if Red Bull went it alone until a sell out to Audi (once Bernie is gone), what name would they revive for their new engine? One of the many Audi brands in preparation? I can’t see it being called Red Bull Ilmor.. maybe the Austrian engine builder? Or just “Red Bull Racing” and be done with it?

    #295652
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    Maybe Bernie added his joke two days too early with that women’s championship idea… or the GP2 sprint grid.. or maybe not depending on what is in the next two round-ups!

    What about this one: “Bernie U-turns on Manor stance” :D

    #295172
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    That so needs to happen.. 3rd car.. unless their plan is for Kobayashi to replace Wurz/Sarrazin once one of them retire? I can see them having a Japanese driver in each car so that if one car wins Le Mans, there’s also a winning Japanese driver (Nakajima or Kobayashi). Unless Super Formula is the current priority for Kamui?

    #295041
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    Classic Malaysian monsoon. Lets see who’s car is the best in the wet! Can Alonso do another 2012? :D

    #294786
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    22 regular rides, 24 with de Silvestro and Karam, 3 of 9 extra for Indy announced, something F1 can only dream of… now, how does Wilson give his seat to his brother ;)

    #294776
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    Not really sadly. Alonso/Ricciardo have to make 3 engines last 18 races – that’s 6 races per engine! Even more than 5 per engine for 4 engines and 20 races!

    #294673
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    The best are ready at any age – hence Verstappen at 17 (basically 2 years ahead of anyone else), and Schumacher getting pole position at age 43 in Monaco of all places.

    But yes, 13 cars was pitiful and made it seem like a non-championship race! It’s a warning shot for what might happen if the sport implodes or there’s some sort of boycott/return to the scenes of the FOM/FISA war. How secure is Bernie’s succession plan..

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