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2019 silly season thread

Post by John » 11 months ago

A bit surprised that we don't have a thread for this, seeing as the 2019 silly season thread pretty much started during the latter half of the 2017 season.

First snippet is a rumor regarding Ricciardo, and wether or not he has already signed a pre-contractual agreement with Ferrari for 2019.

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/opin ... nd-ferrari

Which would really spice things up.

Where would that leave:

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Post by kals » 11 months ago

If Ricciardo moves then Red Bull will take back Sainz, who is on loan. Sainz may want to stay at Renault yet will probably not have much of a say. While Gasly was mightily impressive at Bahrain he’s still not ready for the main team, see example of Daniil Kvyat.

Part of me wonders whether Vettel and Hamilton may retire altogether at the end of this season. And according to some Spanish media, Alonso will leave McLaren at the end of this year.

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Post by Antonov » 11 months ago

Wasn't Vettels contract extended for three further seasons starting in 2018?
I wonder if Mercedes might want to go after him - German driver in German team etc.

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kals wrote:
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If Ricciardo moves then Red Bull will take back Sainz, who is on loan. Sainz may want to stay at Renault yet will probably not have much of a say. While Gasly was mightily impressive at Bahrain he’s still not ready for the main team, see example of Daniil Kvyat.

Part of me wonders whether Vettel and Hamilton may retire altogether at the end of this season. And according to some Spanish media, Alonso will leave McLaren at the end of this year.
Hamilton has hinted at retirement a few times already. I think Seb wants another title before he calls it quits however. Or at the very least, a proper go at it.
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Post by Antonov » 11 months ago

Nor Vettel, nor Hamilton will retire before trying to beat Schumacher's tally.

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Post by kals » 11 months ago

Antonov wrote:
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Nor Vettel, nor Hamilton will retire before trying to beat Schumacher's tally.
Yeah no

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Post by kals » 11 months ago

John wrote:
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kals wrote:
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If Ricciardo moves then Red Bull will take back Sainz, who is on loan. Sainz may want to stay at Renault yet will probably not have much of a say. While Gasly was mightily impressive at Bahrain he’s still not ready for the main team, see example of Daniil Kvyat.

Part of me wonders whether Vettel and Hamilton may retire altogether at the end of this season. And according to some Spanish media, Alonso will leave McLaren at the end of this year.
Hamilton has hinted at retirement a few times already. I think Seb wants another title before he calls it quits however. Or at the very least, a proper go at it.
Regarding Vettel, that’s what I’ve been thinking.

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Post by Vassago » 11 months ago

The Hamilton retirement talk is basically a blackmail to urge Mercedes to provide the best car. I wouldn't pay any attention to that whatsoever.
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Post by kals » 11 months ago

That’s an interesting theory. What’s the basis of that?

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Post by Vassago » 11 months ago

Common sense ;) The louder someone talks about retirement then less likely it's going to happen with immediate effect. Hamilton will give it another go even under the 2021 rules IMO. He's still got a realistic chance at catching Schumacher's wins record too. 4 seasons of 7 wins each? I can see that happen.
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Post by kals » 11 months ago

Vassago wrote:
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Common sense ;) The louder someone talks about retirement then less likely it's going to happen with immediate effect. Hamilton will give it another go even under the 2021 rules IMO. He's still got a realistic chance at catching Schumacher's wins record too. 4 seasons of 7 wins each? I can see that happen.
You make it appear like he’s shouting about retirement, which he’s not.

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Post by MonteCristo » 11 months ago

Massa keeps saying he retired as loud as he can, versus no one would have him :P.
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Post by Vassago » 11 months ago

kals wrote:
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Vassago wrote:
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Common sense ;) The louder someone talks about retirement then less likely it's going to happen with immediate effect. Hamilton will give it another go even under the 2021 rules IMO. He's still got a realistic chance at catching Schumacher's wins record too. 4 seasons of 7 wins each? I can see that happen.
You make it appear like he’s shouting about retirement, which he’s not.
And that's why we should ignore all this talk without going all Freud on it :whistling:
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Post by kals » 11 months ago

Speculation is fun. Everyone has a different an that's what makes the discussion interesting.

Speculate away Fastlaners.

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Post by Antonov » 11 months ago

What will happen with Stoffel?
He hasnt exactly set the world alight so far.

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