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Old 14 Nov 2017, 05:58 (Ref:3780337)   #1
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Formula One Sliding Doors

Thought I'd start up a bit of a fun thread here - based on RBR's news that they offered Alonso a deal for the 2009/10 season.

Current Scenario:
Alonso stays with Renault in 2009 - joins Ferrari in 2010, it is currently 2017 and Alonso is still a two-time WDC and has yet to add to the success of 2005/06.

Sliding Doors:
Alonso signs for Red Bull for the 2009 and 2010 season.
This move sees Mark Webber move to Renault
Jenson Button holds on for the 2009 title from Fernando Alonso and an impressive Sebastian Vettel, going all the way to the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Benefitting from the strong 2010 Red Bull, Alonso, despite some inter-team angst, wins the title, losing it to Vettel in 2011 but bouncing back in 2012/13 to become just the third ever five-time WDC, retiring from the sport at the end of the 2013 season.

The pre-2010 driver market sees a "retiring" Kimi Raikkonen leave Ferrari, with Robert Kubica moving to Ferrari, and never trying his hand at rallying. Kubica pushes Vettel and Alonso all the way in 2012 for Ferrari.

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This is just one I cooked up - get creative, what other moments could have seen big different scenarios (Schumacher going to McLaren, Button going to Williams, Hamilton staying at McLaren...etc etc)
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Old 14 Nov 2017, 09:16 (Ref:3780357)   #2
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Old 14 Nov 2017, 12:50 (Ref:3780376)   #3
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Old 14 Nov 2017, 13:10 (Ref:3780380)   #4
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1980. Jim Tyler wins big time on the Pools. Talented son Max gets the break into F3 he so richly deserved and five seasons later is picked up by Williams, beating Nigel Mansell to the Championship by several years.

As you say, sliding doors.

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Old 14 Nov 2017, 13:42 (Ref:3780383)   #5
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1980. Jim Tyler wins big time on the Pools. Talented son Max gets the break into F3 he so richly deserved and five seasons later is picked up by Williams, beating Nigel Mansell to the Championship by several years.

As you say, sliding doors.

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Old 14 Nov 2017, 16:16 (Ref:3780406)   #6
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I had to google the "sliding doors" idiom.

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Old 15 Nov 2017, 08:08 (Ref:3780524)   #7
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If the sliding doors had opened maybe my screen name would be "Williamsman" :ROFL:

And if my aunty had ***** she'd be my uncle. None of this happened, and my mind never dwells on "what it's".



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Old 15 Nov 2017, 10:30 (Ref:3780543)   #8
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Old 15 Nov 2017, 12:55 (Ref:3780554)   #9
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2016 Liberty Media goes online.
2025 Liberty turns F1 into a virtual reality computer game to save costs. Lewis Hamilton leads the resistance.
2026 Liberty send a killer robot back to 1984 to kill Lewis' mother. Lewis is never born, Alonso gets his titles.
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Old 15 Nov 2017, 15:48 (Ref:3780575)   #10
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This advice was posted by someone in another thread recently - ' If you don't feel you can contribute to the discussion, then please save the immature comments and bullsh*t for your school friends.' - which seems quite applicable here.

The Sliding Doors scenario opens up infinite trains of thought for F1, and could give everything from the sublime to the ridiculous.
I like to wonder if things may have turned out different if Honda had decided to stick it out for another season instead of selling to Brawn GP. Would they have continued development with Button in the seat, and we would see Button as a 4/5 time WDC.
I guess he would then face criticism for living outside the UK, having a superior car, having a privileged upbringing and not being like the good old drivers of yesteryear?
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Old 15 Nov 2017, 16:30 (Ref:3780583)   #11
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This move sees Mark Webber move to Renault
classic but too good to be true!

Flav, recently kicked out of the sport, would not have let Webber sign with a Renault team that he was just forced to leave.

Flav being Flav, also meant he would have not wanted two of his clients/drivers on the same team (unless that other driver was named Trulli) so RB would have kept SV to pair with Alonso.

so RB, knowing they were getting Alonso for 2010 would not have objected to Schumi's special test in 2009 to replace Massa and if Schumi had finished out the 2009 season then he would have been retained by Ferrari for 2010.

thus, mainly because Webber to Renault would have been too good to be true then Webber would have slotted into the higher paying Merc seat!

Flav of course would win out again in the end by securing another ridiculously large and unwarranted contract for Trulli as his parting shot to Renault/Lotus!

and once again Flav cheats us of the Webber to Renault dream!

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Old 15 Nov 2017, 17:42 (Ref:3780595)   #12
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2016 Liberty Media goes online.
2025 Liberty turns F1 into a virtual reality computer game to save costs. Lewis Hamilton leads the resistance.
2026 Liberty send a killer robot back to 1984 to kill Lewis' mother. Lewis is never born, Alonso gets his titles.


i think there is a great movie idea in there somewhere!
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I had to google the "sliding doors" idiom.

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