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Old 16th August 2018, 06:22   #91
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All of a sudden lot of movements happening between teams. And there is still a question mark over Ocon and Perez for a 2019 seat.
Here's my guess

McLaren : Vandoorne, Sainz

Toro Rosso : Hartley, Norris; Norris will be loaned to compensate for James Key

Force India : Stroll, Perez

Williams : Ocon, Sirotkin

But there were reports that Stroll wants Kubica to join him. So, new FI could be Stroll and Kubica, Williams will be Ocon and Perez. Sirotkin could be dropped. Williams will be keen on taking Ocon as he is a Merc junior.
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McLaren confirms Sainz will join them for 2019.
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And as expected McLaren confirm Sainz on a multi year deal! This can only mean one thing when its with McLaren! You can get sacked any time after the first year! By I guess Sainz must have been tired of figuring out his race seat at the end of each year until now, so he must have figured out a 2 year deal at the minimum, atleast till the new regulations come to force in 2021.

Also this surely means one thing, RBR did not want Sainz. They always had the option to retain him and they did not! Is it because of the way Sainz was out performed by Hulkenberg? Or as the rumours suggest, did Max veto Sainz because of their past? Max does not seem to be the person to get scared of any driver, but I guess the way Sainz talks off the track is something he may not have been comfortable with.

Either way, its surely Gasly now at RBR! That does mean that the both seats in the Toro Rosso are open!

The above just leaves one key move pending and thats Kimi. Reports state that Kimi will be confirmed before the Italian GP, lets hope so! He has been driving well this year and it would be too early for Leclerc at Ferrari. He will get there eventually, if he continues to perform.
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And as expected McLaren confirm Sainz on a multi year deal! This can only mean one thing when its with McLaren! You can get sacked any time after the first year! By I guess Sainz must have been tired of figuring out his race seat at the end of each year until now, so he must have figured out a 2 year deal at the minimum, atleast till the new regulations come to force in 2021.

Also this surely means one thing, RBR did not want Sainz. They always had the option to retain him and they did not! Is it because of the way Sainz was out performed by Hulkenberg? Or as the rumours suggest, did Max veto Sainz because of their past? Max does not seem to be the person to get scared of any driver, but I guess the way Sainz talks off the track is something he may not have been comfortable with.
I dont think McLaren had any other non rookie F1 driver to choose from. For Sainz, this was his only option. Ever since Red Bull chose Max over him (rightly so) he was looking for a way out.

I believe Vandoorne will be quicker, it will certainly be worth giving him another season before putting Lando Norris in the car.
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There is report that Jean Eric Vergne has been contacted by a formula 1team for 2019. There is a good chance that the reigning Formula E champion must have been contacted by the former employer Red Bull, since it has the most seats to fill.
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There is report that Jean Eric Vergne has been contacted by a formula 1team for 2019..
Vergne denied it. The hunt continues.

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I love how some journalist make quick conclusions to bring an audience... just to be clear I never said I was contacted by RedBull and as far as Iím concerned I think @PierreGASLY will get the seat
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Confirmed: Pierre Gasly will join Red Bull Racing alongside Verstappen for 2019.


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So RBR decides to stick to their young driver program! And rightfully so, since this the program that has got them stars like Seb, Max and Ric.

But compared to all the others, Gasly has the least experience, so patience from both sides is a must.

I also wonder why RBR let go off Sainz. Like I mentioned earlier in this thread, if they wanted Sainz he would have been here at RBR. Did they think that Sainz is actually not that good since Hulkenberg has sort of made Sainz look a little ordinary? Coz Sainz could have been the guy with some experience and he could have played the role that Ric did, fast but consistent, whereas they could have let Max be who he is.

Anyway, RBR must know things that we do not.
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Since the press conference schedule is released, it looks like Vandoorne is keeping the place as of Spa. This means, we can expect the same driver lineup as that was before summer break. There can be swap between Ocon and Stroll, but looks less likely.
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Two very important points that came up.

One, RBR actually chose not to retain Sainz. And hence he moved to McLaren. And its not like Sainz chose where he wanted to be. With RBR and Renault not wanting him, he had no option but McLaren.

Second, Alonso claims he was contacted by RBR for a seat, but no such confirmation from RBR. Must be the work of FlŠvio Briatore, who must have held some talks with RBR, but nothing serious. I do not think RBR would have ever seriously considered Alonso at all.
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5 Storylines to Track in F1 Seasonís Second Half

As the Formula 1 season heats up, all eyes will be on key contests such as Mercedes versus Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel
  1. Will Ferrari end their championship drought?
  2. Like 2017, can Mercedes induce another second-half meltdown in Ferrari?
  3. Will Kimi Raikkonen follow Fernando Alonso out of F1?
  4. Where is the bottom for McLaren and Williams?
  5. Will F1 continue to move away from Asia?

Each of these topics are discussed with some amazing data here
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5 Storylines to Track in F1 Season’s Second Half



As the Formula 1 season heats up, all eyes will be on key contests such as Mercedes versus Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel
  1. Will Ferrari end their championship drought?
  2. Like 2017, can Mercedes induce another second-half meltdown in Ferrari?
  3. Will Kimi Raikkonen follow Fernando Alonso out of F1?
  4. Where is the bottom for McLaren and Williams?
  5. Will F1 continue to move away from Asia?



Each of these topics are discussed with some amazing data here

Interesting to see the top 10 in the list of race starts:
- Except for Ricciardo Patrese, everyone raced in last 15-20 years, probably aided by the fact that number of races in last couple of decades have been on the higher side.
- None of the current drivers except Alonso and Raikkonen figure in the list. These two are really the last drivers to bridge the old F1 with current F1.
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For 2019, Mercedes, RBR & Renault have their 6 seats closed. Ferrari look like they would retain Kimi, an announcement is due sometime during the Monza weekend.

So this means:

Ferrari : Seb and Kimi

Haas : Magnussen and Leclerc

Sauber : Giovanzi and Ericson

McLaren : Sainz and Norris

Force India : Stroll and Perez

Williams : Ocon and Sirotkin, provided Mercedes offers some discount on their engines to Williams.

Torro Rosso : Here is where we may see a complete change. Hartley looks like he is out. Either Buemi or Vergne May come back and they might go for someone completely new in the scene for the 2nd seat.
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There are strong rumours that Perez and his management team are strongly pursuing Mclaren for a seat alongside Sainz next year. With Vandoorne having such a poor year its quite a possibility and he has driven for the team before.
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There are strong rumours that Perez and his management team are strongly pursuing Mclaren for a seat alongside Sainz next year. With Vandoorne having such a poor year its quite a possibility and he has driven for the team before.

It would make sense for McLaren actually. Perez brings with him years of experience, and he could help McLaren in setup changes during development and thru the year. If McLaren go with Sainz and Norris, the line up could be relatively inexperienced. Sainz is a good prospect too, but McLaren need an experienced hand , given the deep trouble they are in.

Like how Renault signed Hulkenberg, not because he is the fastest around, but he is a consistent driver and works well with the team, although he too has made errors this year,especially last weekend in Spa.

But Perez moving to McLaren involves his sponsors also aligning with him, guess we will know in a few weeks.
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