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Old 2 Dec 2016, 16:23 (Ref:3693120)   #31
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I don't think Mercedes is going to pander to LH's wishes and get an inexperienced sub-standard driver. I'm sure that they are going to aim for the top of the heap type drivers like Max, Fernando and Seb
I don't believe that Lewis would want to partner with a "sub standard" team mate, what makes you think that ???
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 16:33 (Ref:3693121)   #32
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Montoya is kicking around without a full time drive......perhaps this is the top seat that he always coveted......I bet Bernie could get involved for the right big name driver to get big viewing figures in south america.....Montoya-Hamilton.....that would be a royal ding-dong and then some!
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 16:37 (Ref:3693123)   #33
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I don't believe that either.
Furthermore, I think Mercedes will make the driver choice and don't need Lewis' assistance for that.

A consideration for them may be that a slightly less proven driver (i.e no race wins) but with enough race experience (Perez/Sainz/Grosjean/Bottas) may not be as challenging to Lewis early on, thus keep the driver management easy; yet be good enough to pick up lots of points and ready to win when Lewis (or his car stumbles).
Maybe that would be a nice change for the team itself.

Such choice would hardly be sub-standard IMO.
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 17:00 (Ref:3693126)   #34
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Montoya is kicking around without a full time drive......perhaps this is the top seat that he always coveted......I bet Bernie could get involved for the right big name driver to get big viewing figures in south america.....Montoya-Hamilton.....that would be a royal ding-dong and then some!
Wow! That would be an interesting combination. Yeah, there would be fireworks there. Although, it's unlikely to happen, what with Monty being in IndyCar and looking happy there. I suspect that he'd probably have difficulty going back to F1.
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 17:29 (Ref:3693138)   #35
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I think Mercedes could do a lot worse than giving Andre Lotterer a call,he may have the time and the interest as well as some ability.A twelve month contract would buy some time to develop a long term solution and he is hardly unknown in Japan.
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I think Mercedes could do a lot worse than giving Andre Lotterer a call,he may have the time and the interest as well as some ability.A twelve month contract would buy some time to develop a long term solution and he is hardly unknown in Japan.
After Audi exit, Lotterer has already switched to Porsche LMP1 WEC next year. I doubt he would have been on the Mercedes short list anyhow.

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If they want a solution for 1 season Button is the man.
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 18:03 (Ref:3693161)   #38
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It is absolutely inconceivable that it will be anyone other than Wehrlein.
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My bet is we don't see a decision this side of Christmas and then it will be a youngster, not an established star.
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I think Montoya would have to go on a crash diet to get back into an F1 car.
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Please Mercedes, give it to Alonso.

He is the only driver truly capable of taking it to Hamilton in every area. Speed,
race craft, mental strength, self belief and experience. He's ready right now and has been for the past 10 years.

Verstappen needs one more season......
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Well i doubt anyone really knows who it will be at the moment even mercedes, but it is fun speculating, vettel must be high on the list as he and Ferrari are not on good terms at the moment, and as said he is German and experienced.
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 20:07 (Ref:3693190)   #43
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Some of the names mooted are hillarious. Button, Montoya...really? Merc will want someone motivated.

Get Ricciardo, Alonso or Verstappen in there to mess with Hamilton who IS mentally weak when things don't go his way. Verstappen is defo not available though. Alonso and Vettel would be I think.

Not sure if Vettel could challenge Hamilton. He needs a perfect car for him to be brilliant. He has become erratic and somewhat inconsistent. He'll retire in a year or two I think.

Bottas and Kimi are second string and no match for Hamilton.

Any of the Merc juniors would be destroyed before their careers even start so forget them for now.

I feel it'll be Bottas with Pascal W to Williams with a sweetened engine deal.
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No ALONSO !!!! We need to see who's the best before Fernando retires.

F1 needs Ali vs Frazier, Borg vs McEnroe, Senna vs Prost.

Sort it Bernie and gets bums on seats
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Montoya is kicking around without a full time drive......perhaps this is the top seat that he always coveted......I bet Bernie could get involved for the right big name driver to get big viewing figures in south america.....Montoya-Hamilton.....that would be a royal ding-dong and then some!
You just made my mouth water a bit...
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