I don't know the ins and out of the Mercedes young driver programme but the ones that don't get the Merc F1 seat seemed to think its their right to be driving for Mercedes or a top team in F1 and have this attitude about them
Di Resta, recently Werhlein and to some extent Heidfeld as well
RasputinLives Williams always take the safe option when it comes to driver choices I would have thought they might keep a seat open for Bottas if he wants to return in 2018 if things don't go well at Mercedes
I just find it very strange that Williams would reinstate Massa rather than put di Resta in the seat. Maybe they feel they must have one driver who's an experienced Williams driver, although what good experience has done them I'm not sure.
But why choose Di Resta as reserve if they don't plan to use him, and is he just the reserve at the moment so that he can get some practice in, before Masa re-retires.
Il_leone I'm confused. Can I check.we're on same page? You said Williams make 'safe' driver choices. I pointed out Williams have just gone for Lance Stroll, who by definition is not a safe choice and then you're suggesting Stroll is safer choice than Wherlein?
Paul may whine, but I always felt that he would have done a better job for Williams than Felipe. The money that Felipe brought with Brazilian firms Petrobras, and Banco de Brazil may have played an important role in retaining Massa
Eh? Massa had retired and Williams planned to run Bottas and Stroll. Then Mercedes stumped up a load of cash (well, free engines anyway) to get Bottas so they asked Felipe to come back as they felt they needed continuity in the team. The decision to ask Massa to come back had stuff all to do with sponsors, he had gone long before the end of the season.