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F1 season 2016

jojo Dec 11, 2015

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  1. 45bvtc

    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    Why not Massa stays at Williams and Bottas to Mercedes; Valtteri to take Nico's seat is a no brainer - for me...
     
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    I like Massa, as a man and driver, but he has lost his edge, hasnt really been at the races for a season or maybe two,
    Silverstone and his Team mate was the final sign of it imo,
    Plus can we take all the tears when he retires again,

    I agree Bottas would be a good fit at Merc, but as I said before, Williams know what a big season it could be, they have been in the F1 game for too long to make a rookie mistake and start with two new drivers in a season of new rules, they want the continuity of Bottas.
     
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  4. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    So many options, stick Jenson in the Merc, he gets on with Lewis.
    Stick Alonso in there, and reinstate Jenson at McLaren?

    That's if Jensen want to be in F1?

    Anyone see that Kamui Kobayashi has sent his CV to Mercedes?
     
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  5. slepy

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    Jensons was testing honda gt car so my guess is he won't be racing f1. IMO this is seat for Werlhein.


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  6. desertstorm

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    I would put Paul Di Resta in as an outsider. Williams reserve driver, races for Mercedes in DTM at the moment. I don't think he got a really good run at Force India when he was there. If Bottas does end up at Mercedes , Wehrlien will be at Williams and they will be getting a good discount on engines or a decent bung from Meredes as they won't have to pay Bottas as much as Rosberg.
     
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    Taki Inoue did the same lol
    Hapless 1990s F1 driver Taki Inoue responded to Mercedes' tongue-in-cheek job advert for a new driver by sending his CV to the team on Twitter. The Japanese lists spinning off three laps into his F1 debut and being "hit by the safety car TWICE" among his stellar achievements.
    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Ozmosis

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    Did not see about Kobayashi or Inoue, but at least it shows a modicum of humour.

    Now, if only Mercs could demonstrate this on track...

    Whacky Races anyone?

    Catch the pigeon...
     
  9. SteveMcB

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    You read my mind :)
     
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/38335169

    Valtteri Bottas: Williams open to Finn joining Mercedes
    Williams are prepared to release Valtteri Bottas to become Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate in 2017.


    Mercedes want the Finn, 27, to replace Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning the world title last month.

    Deputy team principal Claire Williams told BBC Sport the team would let Bottas leave "if an experienced, credible alternative was available".

    Williams suggested Felipe Massa could return, despite retiring at the end of this season.

    Whatever we decide, it must be in the best interests of this team.

    Claire WilliamsWilliams deputy team principal
    "I'm delighted to see that a team like Mercedes lists Valtteri as a potential replacement for Nico," Williams said.

    "We have always known Valtteri is one of the sport's key talents and are proud that the championship leaders recognise this.

    "However, Williams has its own ambitions and we must always ensure we give our team the best opportunity to move forward. Any changes would only be made if Williams remains in a strong position to compete and develop in 2017.

    Mercedes want the Finn, 27, to replace Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning the world title last month.

    Deputy team principal Claire Williams told BBC Sport the team would let Bottas leave "if an experienced, credible alternative was available".

    Williams suggested Felipe Massa could return, despite retiring at the end of this season.

    would not make an announcement on Rosberg's replacement until at least 3 January.
     
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  11. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User TDi quattro Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    I would be surprised if Massa decided not to retire, in the same way Button retired it is a very big decision for a driver and he would have thought long and hard about it. To come back to the same team he left would be a little daft. I think Wiliams are just hanging out for a better deal from Mercedes.
    If Frank Williams has got anything to do with this then it's definitely about money and not the driver.
    His take always seems to be that if we have the money and resources to build the fastest car it doesn't matter who we put in it they will win.
    http://www.atlasf1.com/news/1996/306.htm
    Both Mansell and Hill left Williams after winning the world championship because they couldn't agree terms with Williams. A driver at Williams never makes a lot of money.
     
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    getting Paddy Lowe early is a key leverage point also, not having do the 6 month gardening leave would really help Williams as Paddy is fresh from the Merc design office. .
     
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  16. Ghost

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    HAMILTON LANDMARKS IN 2016

    52nd win (2nd all-time)
    100th podium (3rd to reach 100)
    won at 24th different circuit (most all-time)


    [​IMG]

    Roll on 2017 [​IMG]



    [​IMG] Woooooohooooo



     
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  17. jojo

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    He couldn't have done it without the best car remember!

    Thought I'd get that in before NALF turns up! :D
     
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  19. 45bvtc

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    Here Ghost, still here. As you know I've made a promise to be N I C E (ish) to Mr. 2nd place... [​IMG] and not aggravate 'some' others but now, as you've mentioned it!

    The 2016 F1 season for me, NALF (Not A Lewis Fan), is sooooooooooo last year but will be remembered by me for one of many self-inflicted fopars he did in 2016:

    Fopar.JPG
    I'm sure I'll be using this piece of self-expressionism again in 2017... [​IMG]

    Happy Christmas jojo, see you in 2017 when Valterri will be sat in a Mercedes... [​IMG]
     
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  20. 45bvtc

    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    PLEASE: Don't start 'LIKING' this stuff.... [​IMG]
     
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    http://time.com/lewis-hamilton-formula-one/

    Lewis Hamilton, the greatest race-car driver of this generation, has big plans for 2017: Recapture a Formula One title he lost under bitter circumstances. And help his sport catch fire in America
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    In other, more important, news:

    http://www.grandprix247.com/2016/12/20/pat-symonds-leaves-williams/

    Pat Symonds is to leave Williams. Looks like he is making way for Paddy Lowe to go there from Mercedes.

    Also read that Massa has agreed to come out of retirement (though this is seemingly a rumour at the minute), which would pave the way for Bottas to go to hassle Hamilton...

    45bvtc (John!), looks like your premonition is gonna happen.

    I know I'll be following the Finn ;)
     
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  24. 45bvtc

    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    I've a £1 on it, Matt. OK, so I borrowed the £1 from RS3copilot but hey, what's a 'copilot' for?

    I still don't see a 'negative' in the Bottas move, except for "him" that I've promised "not to name." And for Wehrlein to stay on for Mercedes development (for sure the 'snapchat-kid' won't do it) and 12-months on for Wehrlein to replace 'snapchat' and drive alongside Bottas is for me the way forward.

    I think the "snapchat-kids" days are numbered anyway and it wouldn't surprise me to see him walk run away during 2017 were the challenge from Red Bull and Verstappen comes on strong

    Like I say, 2016 is over and 2017 is already way more exciting.

    Have a good Christmas Matt and ALL you F1 follower/ASN contributor guys; in the end F1 is just a 2-hour drive on any given Sunday

    [​IMG]

    NALF
     
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  25. desertstorm

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    I really can't see why Massa or Button would come out of retirement Mercedes would have to be paying Williams a shed load of money . Usually top people like Paddy Lowe have to go on gardening leave for a year before starting at another team. Maybe Mercedes are going to buy out Williams and run it like a junior team. The way that Red Bull has Torro Rosso.
    #MercedesBTeam
     
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    The F1 Story Of 2016: 8-Bit, Video-Game-Style!

    If you're fond of old video games and would like a quick recap on what went down during the 2016 F1 season, you're really going to enjoy this.

    The action starts off with a new team being "unlocked", which is of course Haas, followed by a quick rundown of the Australian Grand Prix where Fernando Alonso had his big crash.

    Another important milestone was the Red Bull - Toro Rosso driver switch that saw Daniil Kvyat re-join his former team, while teenage sensation Max Verstappen went on to win in Spain before establishing himself as F1's biggest rising star.

    There's also a funny segment mid-way called "Help Ricciardo Find His Tires", which is of course based on the incident in Monaco where Red Bull didn't have Daniel Ricciardo's tires ready, costing him what likely would have been a win.

    In the end of course, we all know how it pans out, with Lewis Hamilton disobeying team instructions in order to give himself a chance at winning the title, only to see his teammate claim his first ever Formula 1 championship before choosing to retire rather than continue.

     
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/38384982


    Valtteri Bottas' move to Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate and Felipe Massa's return to replace him at Williams are close to completion.

    Massa, 35, has agreed with Williams to postpone his retirement for at least a year after Mercedes made a pitch for Bottas, 27, to replace Nico Rosberg.

    Rosberg announced his retirement after winning the world title last month.

    The deal for Bottas to leave Williams for Mercedes is also lined up and is set to be completed in the new year.

    Although the deals are not yet finalised, they are as good as done and both will happen over the coming fortnight, BBC Sport has learned.

    All the building blocks are now in place - Williams will let the Finnish driver go once a suitable deal with Mercedes for compensation is agreed and Massa has agreed to come back to F1 after announcing his retirement in September.

    Now, only the finishing touches need to be put in place, which is expected to happen following the Christmas period.

    They are the latest developments in a remarkable post-season period, which has seen a world champion retire, another driver reverse a decision to quit and the futures of several senior technical figures changed.

    Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe will join Williams to run their team following the departure of their chief technical officer Pat Symonds, which was announced on Tuesday.

    Mercedes will replace Lowe with former Ferrari technical director James Allison.

    The 48-year-old is on 'gardening leave' from the Italian team but will be free to join Mercedes in the late spring or early summer of 2017.

    Williams and Mercedes were both unavailable for comment.

    Williams approached Massa after it became clear Bottas was Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff's number one choice to replace Rosberg.

    Wolff sees him as a close like-for-like replacement for the dependable Rosberg, alongside Mercedes' mercurial superstar Hamilton.

    An initial offer of a reduction of 10m euros (£8.4m) in their Mercedes engine bill was rejected but Williams will release Bottas for a better offer, which is expected to be close to their full engine bill of 17m euros (£14.3m).


    Once it had been decided the team could benefit overall from letting Bottas go, Williams needed an experienced driver to replace him.

    Their title sponsor, drinks giant Martini, requires at least one driver over 25 for promotional reasons - and Williams' other car will be driven by the 18-year-old Canadian novice Lance Stroll, who is bringing sponsorship said to be in the region of £20m to the team.

    Massa was open to reversing his decision because he only quit when it became clear there was no space for him at Williams or any other similarly competitive team.
     
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    2017 has just become more interesting!
     
  29. desertstorm

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    So Where is Wehrlein going then ? . Looks like he is back at Manor for a year if this all comes to pass. I bet he will be mighty p****d off
     
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    It won`t have done his confidence any good, he has done more miles in the Merc car testing then Lewis,
    Now maybe Merc have seen he isnt as fast in F1 as he is in tin tops during that time, this may explain why he hasnt been upgraded, plus it shows that the Mercedes young driver program isnt as good as the Redbull teams, as they have plethora of drivers available,

    What about this story, Ron Dennis could be back in F1 before his current Mclaren contract has been shredded.

    http://www.marca.com/motor/formula1/2016/12/20/58592193ca47413a598b45d6.html

    Translated from a Spanish site.

    Dennis could return to F1 ... with Manor


    last month meant he definitely break away from Formula 1. However, the English would be willing to go back through Manor .

    According Motorsport, a consortium of Chinese banks would be interested in acquiring Manor yu na alternative to direct it would be Dennis. The team is evaluating several purchase proposals to ensure their sustainability after losing the contributions of the FOM for Sauber.

    Entrepreneur Ricardo Galael, of the KFC group in Indonesia, is one of the potential buyers and the only real option right now. However, the Chinese consortium is the other that would be behind the purchase of Manor and in this option is where Dennis is.

    There is still nothing decided, not even the options Manor has to clarify his future. The arrival of Dennis will always depend first on the confirmed interest and later purchase by the Chinese who, curiously, are the same who were close to buying McLaren recently.
     
  31. 45bvtc

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    That makes sense to me; race with Manor and develop with Mercedes; its a win win for Wehrlein and a shoe in for when a Mercedes seat becomes vacant at then end of 2017, I'll be betting, if it goes that long. If Red Bull come on strong then I don't see Mr. Grumpy stayin' [​IMG]
     
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    I think he'll stay with Manor next year aswell.

    I'd be interested to see what happens to Fred Nasr next year. Hopefully, he'll stay with Sauber...
     
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