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2016-17 Silly Season. Drivers Market

Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by Il_leone, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    That was before Xmas Greenlantern101 but it seems to be very difficult to actually carry out. Maybe once they find out where Hamilton is they will be able to get him to give Bottas his blessing.:whistle:
     
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  3. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    #blessed
     
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  4. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    Bottas to Mercedes and Massa at Williams was made official yesterday.

    In other news, fish like water and stars are far away.
     
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    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Wehrlein was confirmed at Sauber yesterday as well and the report I read said "this completes our driver line up" so I presume Marcus Ericsson will have another season.

    Pascal Wehrlein joins Sauber for 2017 season - Sauber
     
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  6. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Wasn't Ericsson announced months ago?

    Yes the Bottas news was hardly a shocker was it? Mercedes have this corporate way of sucking the fun out of everything Don't they? I'm just bitter though coz I put that stupid Ocon bet on!

    So driver line ups complete - apart from Manor who aren't likely to be around anyways.
     
  7. Road of Bones

    Road of Bones MTC Mole Premium Contributor

    Don't Ericsson's backers basically own Sauber anyway?

    And on a related note - how do all these frankly rather mediocre drivers seem to garner such huge amounts of sponsorship year after year? Is it a case of doing well enough to win sponsorship one year in a junior category, before spinning it out thereafter in the hope that the sponsors will stick with him rather than admit that they've been wasting their money all this time?
     
  8. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Road of Bones it's usually to do with national pride I think. Sometimes to do with thinking they've invested tons so far so they have to keep going and hope for the pay off. Most often though I think it's to do with having a relative in the business.
     
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    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Ericsson's "partners" get their own page on his website - Partners › Marcus Ericsson

    And a bit of background on the new owners of Sauber courtesy of Forbes.

    Revealed: The $30 Billion Formula One Backers From Sweden

    I must have missed the Ericsson announcement. Either that or I didn't really care.
     
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  10. Greenlantern101

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    F1 2017 calendar and schedule, driver line-ups and test dates

    FINAL 2017 DRIVER LINE-UPS

    MERCEDES
    Race drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
    Engines: Mercedes

    RED BULL
    Race drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
    Reserve driver: Pierre Gasly
    Engines: TAG Heuer-badged Renault

    FERRARI
    Race drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
    Third driver: Antonio Giovinazzi
    Engines: Ferrari

    FORCE INDIA
    Race drivers: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon
    Engines: Mercedes

    WILLIAMS
    Race drivers: Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll
    Engines: Mercedes

    MCLAREN
    Race drivers: Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne
    Engines: Honda

    TORO ROSSO
    Race drivers: Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat
    Reserve driver: Pierre Gasly
    Engines: Renault

    HAAS
    Race drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
    Engines: Ferrari

    RENAULT
    Race drivers: Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer
    Engines: Renault

    SAUBER
    Race drivers: Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein
    Engines: Ferrari (2016 spec)

    MANOR (Team currently in administration)
    Race drivers: TBC and TBC
    Engines: Mercedes
     
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  11. Il_leone

    Il_leone Race Winner

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    You know Bottas/ Massa to Mercedes/ Williams - probably F1 worst kept secret for a while now

    What is interesting is Werhlein to Sauber which comes with Mercedes backing to their former partners ... I don't think Ferrari have much sway with Sauber having given them an old Ferrari engine. Now that Manor are in administration , I am thinking could Sauber - Mercedes return in 2018 with the team ironically running junior drivers for Merc

    Bottas is only on a 1 year contract with options so the whole silly season for 2018 might be the most silliest yet given I think all the top drivers are out of contract except Verstappen so there maybe plenty of jostling for drives going on and the emergence of the next generation will make it interesting which of the old guard is being dispensed as well
     
  12. RasputinLives

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    Sauber are apparently negotiating an engine deal with Honda for 2018.
     
  13. Il_leone

    Il_leone Race Winner

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    RasputinLives I remember that was being touted with Matsushita as one of the drivers but I would not rule out Sauber - Mercedes
     
  14. vintly

    vintly Mostly bacon Premium Contributor

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    £500 for a V-Tec
     
  15. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    LOL they could do the whole season on one engine with a V-tec and never have any failures. The 107% rule may be an issue though :D
     
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  16. Il_leone

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    I said Sauber Mercedes could be on in the future - Mercedes just signed George Russell as part of their young driver programme so a feeder team in F1 would help developing the driver
     
  17. olegg

    olegg Race Winner

    Massa's comeback is silly action
     
  18. Greenlantern101

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    It's a new record. The 2018 silly season has started already.

    Alonso to decide on F1 future after summer break
     
  19. Andyoak

    Andyoak Race Winner

    Oh dear, has he just driven the 2017 McHonda?
     
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  20. teabagyokel

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    Nah, he's got well ahead of the game and applied pressure to McLaren ready for contract negotiations.
     
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    He admitted he talked with Mercedes as well and you have to assume they didn't want him.
     

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