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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Nigel Clark » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:34 pm

Yes, huge surprise.

As has been said, contracts don't count for much when there's so much cash available for compensation payments. The top choices for Mercedes must be Alonso, Verstappen or Vettel. Now if one of them moved to Merc, it would surely start a cascade of drivers moving on to fill the empty seat at McLaren, Red Bull or Ferrari.

Would Merc risk putting Hamilton and Alonso together, after their sparky relationship at McLaren? Well I guess Toto Wolfe is already used to managing 'challenging' drivers.

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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by CNHSS1 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:54 pm

Rosbergs always felt he was an underdog to Hamilton, If Toto thought Rosberg a challenge then someone like Alonso, Vettel or Verstappen that KNOW they are a number 1 status driver will see his hair grey overnight!
Lewis won't shy away from any team mate, nor will any true number 1 driver, they are too confident in their own ability to worry.


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by ScimmyMike » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:33 pm

Won't be Button as our Jenson is on a sabbatical remember and acting third driver and has a two year deal with McLaren, he also seemed pretty happy to me to be taking a back seat, not sure why that would all change, after all, he's McLaren's insurance for Alonso doing one next season which now might actually happen of course.
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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Edzed » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:07 pm

I wouldn't mind betting that Pascal Wehrlein has a chance of getting the seat. After all he's their reserve driver and has shown well in a number of drives for Manor. This might suit Mercedes quite well in the short term and leave them with options on a bigger name for 2018.


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Corky » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:10 pm

Why would have to be one of the big names ? I would think the likes of Hulkenberg and Wehrlein would be in the running too. Merc may want a break from managing two big egos !

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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by GeoffTE » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:18 pm

IMO I think the replacement won't be a 'big' name like Alonso or Vettel, certainly not Vestappen, but one of the younger ones such as Sainz or Perez. Both of whom have shown they can be quick albeit in a less competent car. Interesting 'negotiations' to come I would suggest :D


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Edzed » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:44 pm

Mark Hughes at 'Motorsport' thinks Bottas may get the seat, as Werhlein may not be ready to go up against Hamilton. This would leave the seat at Williams, which could be filled by Werhlein. Mmmmm....


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:12 am

GeoffTE wrote:......won't be a 'big' name like Alonso or Vettel, certainly not Vestappen, but one of the younger ones such as Sainz or Perez. .......
It underlines the magnitude of Verstappen's achievement over the last year or so, that you tend to lump him in more with the "big names" than considering him "one of the younger ones" :D

(and Perez is 26, and has been in F1 since the 2011 season, so he's hardly a spring chicken any more - tempus fugit! :lol: )


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by greeny » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:27 am

I have a feeling that the teams desire to be at the front will lead them to find a top end driver rather than a young gun!!
However I do feel that if alonso dosent get a decent car next season he will look to bow out!


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by scimjim » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:57 pm

Lauda said today:

..."the fact most top drivers are under contract elsewhere makes the task of replacing Rosberg especially difficult, and that taking a young driver - such as Pascal Wehrlein - would be a risk."

"We have lost a champion, the best driver of 2016," added Lauda. "It won’t be easy to replace him because all the drivers of a certain standard have contracts with other teams.

“Taking a young driver is a risk, we don’t know if he will be strong. Practically half of the grid have offered themselves.


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:14 pm

Well, as has been rumoured for some time, it looks as though the ink is finally dry on a contract, and Bottas is Rosberg's replacement. See BBC news story


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:02 pm

Worst kept secret so far this year that Roger, suspect hammy had a say in that decision despite what merc cay


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by speedy555 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:06 pm

Biggest waste of a decent seat on the grid out from the worlds shortest retirement too :)


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by CNHSS1 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:18 pm

Bottas is proper quick imho, and I think he will keep Hamilton very honest. He hasn't got the same baggage as rosberg who'd been systemically in Lewis's shadow for 20 years, and being a Finn, he won't buckle mentally like Rosberg did.

Massa is a nice guy, but he should've stayed retired, he's just keeping the seat warm until 2018--bit of a shame :-(


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Re: Rosberg retirement shock

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:40 pm

I agree it's been widely expected for a very long time, but you could equally well say that nothing is certain until the contract is signed (and not even then sometimes), at least now it's definite. :)
I agree that after all the outpouring of emotion in Brazil, Massa should really have stayed retired, and gone out on a high.


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