2021 Silly Season

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Well apparently Red Bull and Vettel got a telling off for not observing social distancing protocol

Whilst the rumour mills are flying about returning to Red Bull surely Vettel would want a pay cut and be a No 2 driver ?
 

cider_and_toast

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Given the number of contracts now being signed ans sealed there is nowhere for Hamilton to go unless he swaps for a Red Bull and I really don't see that happening.

If contract negotiations at Mercedes drag on any longer, Hamilton and Bottas will have nowhere to go if they don't sign.
 

RasputinLives

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I have to say. I suspect Lewis might call it a day if he breaks his records this season. 2021 is going to be unpredictable rules wise and I suspect he'd rather go out on a high than a whimper. I can't see him doing an Alonso or a Kimi and just keep pounding round lower and lower down the field.

Bottas is an interesting one because I think he genuinely believes he can win the world championship so why would he negotiate elsewhere? If he does he's not going anywhere. If he doesn't but Lewis retires he's not going anywhere either. If he doesn't, Lewis doesn't retire and Merc decide to get rid of him then I suspect he'll slot into the seat vacated by either Ocon or Russell.
 

The Artist.....

Champion Elect
RasputinLives - remember that the rules changes have been postponed to 2022 - and there aren’t going to be new cars in 2021... given Mercedes’ dominance this year, if Hamilton is dominant this year, he’ll be dominant next year!
 

cider_and_toast

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If/When Hamilton quits F1 I really can see him moving to America where he's got quite a bit of star power and can earn a mint.

Daytona and Indy would welcome him with open arms.
 

RasputinLives

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If the rules have been pushed back he will probably sign a new one year (under condition Bottas stays his team mate) and the ride off into the sunset. I think you're probably right about the US.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Hamilton will only consider Red Bull because he might want to win with a 3rd team the drivers title plus Red Bull have a huge US market presence so it would appeal to them given Lewis' popularity there
 

RasputinLives

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Why would he want to do that? It's not exactly a prestigious record we talk about. Doubt it's crossed his mind.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
RasputinLives Strange things have happened in F1 and do we think Mercedes are secretly speaking to Verstappen and would be willing to offer him more than £30m ? whilst at the same time saying to Lewis we don;t have the budget to meet your demands .. it happened to Button remember when Merc really wanted Schumacher
 

RasputinLives

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I just meant why would Lewis think he couldn't retire unless he won it with 3 teams? Don't think it's a factor.
 

Il_leone

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I just meant why would Lewis think he couldn't retire unless he won it with 3 teams? Don't think it's a factor.
I would say that would not be his prime reason but if Red Bull Honda does appear to be the next best car and he still wants to break records then he might join. I think Honda would be prepared to foot his wages
 

P1

Podium Finisher
If/When Hamilton quits F1 I really can see him moving to America where he's got quite a bit of star power and can earn a mint.
Daytona and Indy would welcome him with open arms.
He already lives in America a significant portion of his time. I think he has homes in New York, Colorado, LA and Miami.

I doubt he would do Indy or Daytona. Those series don't pay anywhere near the level of F1. And at this point he isn't about the money. He has talked frequently about the other talents and interests he wants to pursue.

Even it was about the money, he can make more money as a celebrity than as a driver post F1.
 

cider_and_toast

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What I meant by making a mint is that he can race in Indy and Daytona for fun but make a mint just by being in America and from sponsorship deals and all the other fashion and music stuff he enjoys.
 
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