Leclerc signs contract with Ferrari through 2024. That is a lot of faith that they will give him a car that will be able to win him a title. Charles currently has the longest contract in place out of all the current drivers on the grid...
Tell me this:
Take away Hamilton, Vettel, Verstappen, Bottas and Ricciardo out of the picture. With who's left on the grid, who would you put next to Leclerc to really challenge him?
George Russell's stock is rising with me mainly because if what he's been saying, his pre F1 career is just as impressive as Leclerc's. We've got to get Russell out of the Williams camp.
This may be of note to you. I don't follow the lower ranks much and wasn't in the know about Mick Schumacher, it seems he's struggling:
Be that as it may, Schumacher still needs to prove that he can hold his own in the world of F1 in the near future, however, his first season at F2 level was underwhelming when compared to those who came before.
It was actually George Russell who raised the point recently that he and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had the same junior success prior to F1, and that he sees their careers as still being on the “exact same path”.
Leclerc entered the GP3 series in 2016 and won the title at his first attempt, before graduating to F2 the following season and crowning himself champion again with his first shot.
Russell also has this achievement to his name, completing it a year after Leclerc – and as we now know Leclerc is being branded as a future World Champion at Ferrari, while Russell, part of the Mercedes programme, has just demolished Robert Kubica at Williams.
So this is clearly the route that Schumacher wants to follow, after all he’s walking in Leclerc’s footsteps right now, but his first F2 campaign left a lot to be desired.
But that rookie campaign would see Schumacher finish a lowly P12. He did win the sprint race in Hungary, though that was his only podium of 2019.
Sure he did show some flashes of real ability, especially in wheel-to-wheel combat, but in their title-winning years both Russell and Leclerc were the clear standouts in their field, while Schumacher wasn’t in that conversation.
Only two drivers so far have won the GP2/F2 Championship before going on to become World Champion in F1, that being Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Both of whom won the title in their rookie GP2 seasons.
But winning the F2 crown is merely the step up to much tougher waters in F1 – just ask Stoffel Vandoorne who won the 2015 GP2 title by a record 160-point margin, yet after just two full seasons with McLaren he was gone.
This isn’t an attempt to bury Schumacher with stats, but it’s just a case of pointing out that if he does turn things around and goes on to be one hell of a driver, then he will very much be an exception to the trend.
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Seriously, I just want Kubica to go away. Like Alonso, he just keeps lingering when in fact, he should just vanish.
I mean, I have seen him rallying back when he was good and was amazed by how fast he was compared to top rally drivers. But the injuries he had made his real comeback impossible.
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Daniel Ricciardo has said that his focus for 2020 is to try and build a better team chemistry at Renault.
The Aussie arrived at Renault for the 2019 season, making the switch from Red Bull, but it was a disappointing campaign as they ended up P5 in the Constructors’ Championship, while Ricciardo was forced to settle for P9 in the Drivers’ standings.
And he feels that Renault would benefit from some morale building exercises, saying that sometimes all he gets is a “hi” from team principal Cyril Abiteboul on race weekends.
“For next year I’ve got some ideas of things I can do more or better. I feel like I integrated myself into the team well this year, but I look back and am like I can do more,” Ricciardo is quoted by Crash.net.
“I want to have a bit more presence before the season starts, before testing, but also have some ideas of things we can do together as a team to get us into the season – not just technically, but as a team unit I want to get to Barcelona feeling like we got some momentum before the season even starts.
“Even some team morale stuff, call it team building and some activities. More importantly to spend time with the team, even away from the track.
“At the track even like with Cyril [Abiteboul] sometimes it is ‘hi’ and that is all you get over the weekend because we are busy. So you don’t always get good quality time at the circuit.
“I feel that to take this relationship to the next level, getting time away from the track is good. Just having that feeling, even for the guys, if they know each other a bit more, they will want to work a little bit harder for each other and make some good stuff happen.
Honestly, Toto seems like the most well-rounded leader in the F1 paddock. Brown and Steiner aren't too bad for vocal clips during the race. Binotto seems pretty shielded, Claire knows better, Szafnauer... who? Sauber doesn't even have one (jk), Horner does a good job and is well spoken, and Tost... meh. Really kind of interesting how it covers all ends of the spectrum and I think it shows how well Mercedes is put together. Every single piece is polished perfection.
This goes back to the parity and money equation. I don't care how much money you give Williams they would still suck because they are leaderless and haven't assembled a talented group outside if George Russell. They shouldn't even be in F1, selling off parts and signing for dollars, they are a shell with a legendary name.
Haas, I pull for the home team but again, poorly ran, they don't have all of the pieces, certainly not the key pieces to an F1 team.
Renault should be on F1 but only as an engine supplier. They cannot build a car or organize a team. If they just focused on the PU as a supplier they would di well. Ricciardo has spoken how they don't have a winning attitude, they don't expect to win and they don't. They are a bunch of pieces that don't fit and don't progress. When other teams consistently do better with your power unit than you, you suck. Again, even with more money Renault would struggle.
Red Bull still had key people and have proven that even with the huge impact of changing engines they still perform. With s capable PU they would be championship contenders, no doubt. Ricciardo spoke of them too, they expect to won even when they shouldn't and sometimes they do. Props to Marko and Horner for keeping the talent without the big results. They are the team that Ferrari and Mercedes fear.
Ferrari is a cluster fek, an embarrassment with huge potential. After Binotto ran off Arrivabene, they tripped over small stuff and gave away wins and poles through personal ineptitude. The loss of races when you're leading, poor reliability when leading, drivers spinning and three wheeling during the US GP in front of Mathew McConaughey. If Marko, Horner and Verstappen had that PU they probably would have won the championship with it. Ferrari was lucky to finish where they did.
Mercedes isn't infallible, team and drivers make mistakes but they win the races they are supposed to and some they shouldn't have. They push each other and strive for perfection. I've lost count of how many times they had serious debriefings where they laid it all out where they went wrong at races that had just won. They never take it for granted that opponents will screw up, it just so happens that their opponents did, and then they capitalized on it.
Robert Kubica has signed a deal to become Alfa Romeo’s reserve driver for 2020, bringing his backer PKN Orlen with him.
Kubica’s new role comes following the agreement of a “a multi-year partnership” between the Swiss team and Polish oil company PKN Orlen which will see them compete as ‘Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’ next year.
Kubica made his return to F1 in 2019 with Williams, completing a miracle comeback after the severe injuries he suffered to his right arm in a rally crash in 2011.
But it was a poor season for the team as they languished at the back with Kubica scoring their only point of 2019 with P10 in Germany.
Before his move to Alfa Kubica had been linked with a simulator role at Haas and Racing Point.
The Polish driver has experience with the Alfa Romeo team, driving for them under their previous incarnation as BMW Sauber from 2007 to 2009, claiming the sole win of his career at the 2008 Canadian GP.
Speaking about the deal, Kubica said, as quoted by Motorsport.com: “I am really happy to be starting this new chapter in my career as I join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.
“This team holds a special place in my heart and I am pleased to see some faces still here from my years in Hinwil.
“Time and circumstances are obviously different, but I am convinced that I will find the same determination and hunger to succeed. I am looking forward to helping Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN make the next step forward.”
Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur said: “We are also delighted to welcome Robert back home and we cannot wait to start working with him.
“He is a driver that needs no introduction: one of the most brilliant in his generation and one who displayed the true meaning of human determination in his fight to return to racing after his rallying accident.
“His feedback will be invaluable as we continue to push our team towards the front of the grid.”
It's Formula 1's 70th Anniversary. To celebrate it they will display new logos this year:
So is everyone just ripping each other off or is there only one designer out there?