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Rosberg retirement shock

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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by ScimmyMike » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:41 pm

Yep, bit of a shock that, now a number of current F1 drivers, cough Alonso, looking through their get out clauses in their contracts I'll bet

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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by scimjim » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:45 pm

Or perhaps another German driver? I wonder if Vettel is really confident that Red Bull can be more competitive next year?


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by peterbradbury » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:49 pm

I did not see this coming one bit!

It does raise an interesting question about who gets the seat! Pascal Wehrlein perhaps? He has a Mercedes link i think and would suit them being a German.


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by scimjim » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:53 pm

Pascal Wehrlein definitely has Mercedes contacts but can you really see him getting the seat yet?


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by peterbradbury » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:55 pm

In any other circumstances no, but I can't think of a big enough name that's not under contact either!


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by ScimmyMike » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:57 pm

scimjim wrote:Or perhaps another German driver? I wonder if Vettel is really confident that Red Bull can be more competitive next year?
Vettel? Red Bull, have I missed something this week? :?


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:05 pm

Wow, that's a shock!........or is it?.....

Once the euphoria of victory had died down a bit, I suspect he realised that the only way ahead was down? Regardless of whether or not you like Hamilton as a person, I think given equal opportunities then, in my mind anyway, Hamilton is always likely to come out ahead. In those circumstances, I can see him deciding that the best course was to "quit while you're ahead" and go with honour intact.

In the circumstances, never mind other top drivers leafing through their contracts, I can imagine there are some very urgent phone calls and discussions between rival team managers and their lawyers! :lol:


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by CNHSS1 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:17 pm

Vettel, Button alonso and Verstappen are all in the frame imho, contracts are worth nowt when a guaranteed front row car is available.

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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:20 pm

Yes, if I had a magic wand, how about Max Verstappen for the second seat? That would give Lewis a bit of a wake-up call I think :) However, I can imagine Christian Horner has got him firmly chained-up at Red Bull HQ :lol: (though I agree about contracts, Craig!)


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by GTC Ian » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:31 pm

Or maybe Rosberg know something about next years car with all the new regulations. Mercedes were never a big fan of all the changes. Or perhaps he knew Hamilton would wipe the floor with him. Is this why they swapped mechanics at the beginning of the year? All these conspiracy theories are more intriguing than an Agatha Christie novel


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by turbster » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:33 pm

Red Bull has been touted as the place to be next year, of course the odds of the Merc being the class of the field again are good, but would you jump from Red Bull?? I wouldn't be surprised if Vettel and Alonso were on the phone after that announcement :lol: A Button return would be amazing but I cant see that..


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:10 pm

I would love to see Hamilton and Verstappen in the same team


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by CNHSS1 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:17 pm

Major rule changes for n3xt year, Adrian Newey at Redbull would seem difficult to bet against being the best car aerodynamically although the the Infiniti badged Renault engine is still a little asthmatic. I doubt Merc will have the advantage they currently have either.
Ferrari have lost James Allison their brilliant British designer so I reckon vettel might be viewing rosbergs seat as a new opportunity, swap one German for another...
Can't see Toto and Lauda getting stroppy with Hamilton now either, threatening him with the sack was unlikely before, it's non existent now!
Next few weeks will be interesting :-)


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by greeny » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:31 pm

Not a betting man but if I was my money would.be on Max! Would love to see button there though.


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