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Old 2 Dec 2016, 14:02 (Ref:3693019)   #1
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Mercedes second seat?

So, now with Nico's rather shock departure - who is going to take his place at Mercedes?

Button? Well - I mooted that point elsewhere, but I suspect that Jense wants to retire.

Mansell? Hey, he'd probably like to.

Kimi? Moving from Ferrari? Possible? Would he work well with Lewis?
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 14:05 (Ref:3693024)   #2
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Max Verstappen - Was the agreement toto made on the phone with Jos if he stayed out of the title fight 😂
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 14:05 (Ref:3693025)   #3
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Vettel or Alonso and watch the sparks fly next year.
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 14:08 (Ref:3693026)   #4
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I suspect Mercedes will first decide if they want to use Wehrlein, or otherwise Ocon.

If none of those will do for them, they'll probably talk to most or all of: Alonso, Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Button, Massa, Hulkenberg, Perez, Grosjean, Sainz, ... until there is no-one left who they think is better than Ocon and Wehrlein.
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 14:14 (Ref:3693029)   #5
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I wonder if Lewis will have any input into it at all, obviously he wouldn't want someone who can beat him so I'd better start training ! Hang on I've just got a reminder from DVLA today to renew my driving licence at 70 !!!!
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Old 2 Dec 2016, 14:25 (Ref:3693038)   #6
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Right I'm going to put my balls in my mouth here and just say it - Anthony Davidson......apparently he still does simulator work for Merc-F1 and is a very established sportscar driver in the WEC for Toyota, and quite a big name in general, coincidentally also a Martin Hines prodigy.......he could do the job
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Right I'm going to put my balls in my mouth
Knighty you're obviously fit if you can do that, best get your CV in !
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I'd love to see JB make a comeback (from the retirement that never was) but I don't think it will happen.

I was amazed when Alonso went to McLaren given 2007. To be a team-mate of Lewis again would cause me amazement-squared.

Dan the Man would be a good choice, but I imagine Red Bull contracts are pretty tight.

So unfortunately I think it's going to be the boring choice: Pascal Wehrlein.
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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
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Maybe, just maybe, any shuffling will result in Gasly finally getting a seat?
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You've also got to factor in the fact that the Mercedes probably won't be the best car next year, what with all the rule changes - I suspect the Red Bull will be. That's a guess - but it does look likely, what with the aero changes. So, I'm guessing that both Red Bull drivers will stay put.
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I don't think Mercedes is going to pander to LH's wishes and get an inexperienced sub-standard driver.
WOW.....are you a pshycic or do you have insider info on what lewis wants....

..how on earth do you know lewis wants a sub standard driver?

lewis has only raced against top class drivers.... after all these years I don't think he cares if its a top driver or not!
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I think so. After Alonso and Rosberg, Lewis wouldn't want anyone at his team that could challenge his #1 driver role status.
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It's interesting, it opens up another possibility of one of the GP2 drivers getting in. I'm not going to speculate who will replace him, I'll just wait and see
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I think so. After Alonso and Rosberg, Lewis wouldn't want anyone at his team that could challenge his #1 driver role status.
he doesn't have a number one driver status...it was equal in Mercedes....
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