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12/10/2018

With Williams confirming George Russell as one of its drivers, sixteen of the twenty seats for the 2019 season have now been officially filled.

As we await confirmation that Lance Stroll is leaving Grove for Racing Point Force India, it is widely speculated that Sergio Perez will be confirmed at the Silverstone-based outfit at the forthcoming Mexican Grand Prix.

There remains one seat at Toro Rosso, and while Helmut Marko has said Brendon Hartley will keep the seat if he beats Pierre Gasly, this is looking increasingly unlikely.

Meanwhile, Williams has yet to confirm who will partner Russell next season.

With the Briton's signing indicating a deal with Mercedes, it is likely that whoever can bring the most cash with them will secure the second seat, and while this would appear to rule out Robert Kubica, it must favour current incumbent Sergey Sirotkin and possibly Artem Markelov.

That said, there remains talk that Esteban Ocon might yet join Russell, thereby allowing Mercedes to place both its hot-shots with the team of which Toto Wolff was a former director and shareholder.

Driver Nat Team Comment
Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Confirmed
Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Confirmed
Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari Confirmed
Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Confirmed
Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Confirmed
Gasly FRA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Confirmed
Hulkenberg GER Renault Sport Formula One Team Confirmed
Ricciardo AUS Renault Sport Formula One Team Confirmed
Grosjean FRA Haas F1 Team Confirmed
Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team Confirmed
Stroll CAN Force Canada Likely
Perez MEX Force Canada Likely
Ocon FRA Force Canada Possible
Sainz ESP McLaren Confirmed
Norris GBR McLaren Confirmed
Kvyat RUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Confirmed
Hartley NZL Scuderia Toro Rosso Possible
Vandoorne BEL Scuderia Toro Rosso Possible
Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Confirmed
Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Confirmed
Russell GBR Williams Confirmed
Sirotkin RUS Williams Likely
Kubica POL Williams Rumoured
Ocon FRA Williams Possible
Markelov RUS Williams Possible

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1. Posted by george, 02/10/2018 4:09

"It is clear to see that both Williams is just waiting to keep the 2 last seats and sell them for as much money as they can, no matter the drivers talents or lack of it. Fair enough. They need to survive. Force Stroll has of course one driver confirmed and will be looking for a water boy for the 2nd car. Money is not the issue there.
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2. Posted by TokyoAussie, 12/09/2018 4:14

"Force Canada --> Force Stroll --> For Stroll --> Up for sale when Stroll snr. loses interest"

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3. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 11/09/2018 20:30

"I'm thinking now that it could be wise for Perez to go to Williams with his cash / talent and Ocon to stay at Force Canada as that team may have enough funds already.
The deals Merc do with their PUs will also be important here (take Ocon and you get a discount).
Williams are keen to stay independent and buy their motors however, money talks and Williams need cash too.
Cash I suspect is why Ericsson will stay at Sauber, not that he is a bad steerer, just that there are better drivers out there. Then again, it will be interesting to see if Ericsson can lift his game with Kimi sat next to him or get crushed as in Vandoorne this year.
That will leave Kubica without a drive unless he deposes Hartley or takes the other Toro Rosso seat alongside Hartley. Then there is Zak's family (Vandoorne) to consider who actually looks good as a free agent compared to Ocon who is stuck with Merc.
I don't know why Raikonnen is at Sauber and who is paying him to be there.
Who would have thought that being on the books of Merc would be a disadvantage?
We'll all know who goes where once the music stops."

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4. Posted by Oldgit, 11/09/2018 14:47

"Sorry imejl99 the emoji idea won't work very well.

I can't find an emoji of a man bending over with his pants down and talking out of his rear end to represent Zak talking.
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5. Posted by imejl99, 11/09/2018 14:00

" "Zak suggests"

we need this comment section improved with some emoji :)"

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6. Posted by GordonG47, 11/09/2018 11:52

"20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing, in light of Kimi's move to swap with Leclerc :)

Pleased Kimi is staying around, love his no-BS personality. At least he *has* a personality..."

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7. Posted by Peter Rickitt, 04/09/2018 17:57

"I hope you are wrong about Kimi Raikonnen, Kkiirmki - he is still an F1 superstar.
Despite Mr. Balfe thinking I am nuts from my previous post about Kimi and Williams, I really believe he should go there as the leader, with a post-retirement career in senior/shareholder management at Williams group.: a proper racer with a proper team with brilliant DNA which would come right with him before the expiry of the existing rules in 2 years' time.
So, come on Frank and Claire, and Kimi - do a deal and forge a new future."

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8. Posted by Kkiirmki, 04/09/2018 8:03

"Kimi won't be toiling away in the midfield. If he isn't in the second Ferrari, he won't be in F1. Personally, I'd like to see him give IndyCar a go; having both: Alonso and Kimi would be a huge. "

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9. Posted by Superbird70, 03/09/2018 21:45

"I'd like to see Kimi in a 'Pink Panther""

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10. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 03/09/2018 19:44

"Kvayt back to Toro Rosso? Stranger things have happened...
Is Vandoorne so broken that he isn't to go anywhere else?
Maybe, being let go at McLaren could cause him to relax and just "crush it" compared to Alonso, turning a bad situation into a motivational one.
Or it could completely turn to custard... mind you, I kind of like custard."

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11. Posted by NS Biker, 03/09/2018 17:57

"Can't believe that Sauber, sorry, Alfa Romeo, are seriously looking to retain ME.
Check out the video of his qualifying crash.
Yes the DRS stuck open and yes the rear wheels locked upo, but he was in the middle of the track jigging left to get on the racing line.
The fact the car snapped left was because he set that up long before he hit the brakes. I am not one to normally put folks down, but for someone with the experience he has, this is a rookie mistake and it cost the team dearly.
As for "Force Canada" .... not likely we will see that used.
One of the past staples of the Canadian TV schedule was a satire program, The Royal Canadian Air Farce.
Chicken Gun and all. Awesome talents showcased, but the name is just a bit too close and not .... complimentary.
My guess will be a name reflecting the commercial make-up of the team.
By any other name, we hope the performance will be as sweet."

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12. Posted by Oldbuzzard, 03/09/2018 17:11

"Thirty years ago McLaren’s drivers were two of the best in F1 history. When their two careers were over, one much to early, they had seven World Drivers’ Championships between them. Had Senna lived longer it would have been closer to 10 (or more). Now the Woking team has signed.......who???????????."

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13. Posted by PlayF1, 03/09/2018 14:01

"Grosjean is the really interesting question.
He's a naturally fast racer, that can overtake, and drag a car up the field.

He's had bad luck, and that can create confusion and bad decision making.
But that phase seems now to have passed, and he is clearly outperforming KMag.

If HAAS want Perez and his sponsors ... Perez would be better partnered with RG.
Otherwise they should stick with the current pairing, that may end up giving them a 4th place in the championship.

The question of Kimi staying, is interesting, but really, Ferrari need LH (or Seb goes to see Grosjean's shrink).
What would be an amazing story, would be if Kimi left Ferrari, but didn't retire."

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14. Posted by Canuck, 03/09/2018 13:48

"Losing Raikkonen from the grid in 2019 would be a shame as he is one of the most liked and popular driver on the grid. The few words, the humour he shows, the no head games are what make him popular with the fans. And at his age he has not lost his speed. I think Vettel will eat the rookie and maybe destroy a promising career. Ferrari and Mercedes are not team to take on rookies, letting them develop in other teams. One more year at Sauber or in Haas would do Leclerc a world of good. Only need to look at what moving into a big team has done to others, Perez almost ruined by McLaren, Vandoorne ruined by McLaren and others recently. Mercedes and Ferrari are always fighting for Constructor's Championship and cannot afford to take a rookie. Red Bull has its development team in Torro Rosso, Ferrari now has Sauber and Haas as development team. Dont pull Leclerc out too early."

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15. Posted by CH94th1, 20/08/2018 21:51 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 21/08/2018 8:41)

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