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Can the driver lineup change madness start now please? I’m bored.

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We just need someone to start this whole madness. Like Ricciardo last year

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I feel like a lot of it also depends on Mercedes.

As soon as Mercedes announces their driver line up, we might see some chances due to Ocon perhaps moving to Renault, Haas or Williams. Or perhaps a shock move that forces Bottas to choose another team like Haas.

But to be honest I feel like there will be little changes, since everyone just moved last year and a lot of drivers seem happy where they are. Perhaps if Abiteboul truly lost his mind we may see a Hulk to Haas and Ocon to Renault happening, but I’m very doubtful.

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I can only say what I’ve been saying all this time: there’s nothing to announce. There will be no madness. 2020 is a filler year. There might be a change here and there, but nothing crazy and the front will be unaffected. Grosjean is most likely going to be replaced, but I think that’s gonna be a seat switch with another mid-tier driver and Latifi might replace Kubica. That’s all we can hope for. I might be wrong and there might be something big, but we can’t downright expect that, so don’t hold your breath.

Edit: happy cake day though.

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Anybody think there’s going to be some news today? Break gone on too long… Getting desperate

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Grosjean to retire I think

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Either the end of Kemmel straight, where you can see Turns 7-8-9, or the inside of the Turn 10 hairpin, from there you can see the cars coming out of Turn 9, through Turn 10, then speed away after Turn 11. First option is the best for action, second option is best for amount of time seeing the cars.

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After seeing all these incredible liveries for hypothetical new teams, I kinda really want to see a Honda-backed Ariel F1 team, mainly to finally fill the void left by Caterham.

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Do you think midfield drivers get overlooked by the fan base on their abilities simply because thet aren’t getting poduims.

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That’s the whole reason behind F1.5, and it’s bringing significant attention to Sainz’s performance this season for example.

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A lot of casual F1 fans definetly only focus on the top teams. They often struggle to tell you who’s even racing for Alfa or teams as such. But the more interessted fans are aware of the drivers in the mid-field and their abilities and success or lack thereof

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No, but its also true that in general the best drivers get the best seats, in turn if they can’t perform there then they get turned on, see Gasly. Maybe in a single year midfield drivers get over/underrated but over a couple of years then you can see the trajectory of drivers like Leclerc who had promise as a midfield so got a better seat. Sainz for example is considered good at the moment, deservedly so in my opinion but we’ve seen a few years of him and he’s been good but not special. Maybe he has grown as a driver and improved massively or the McLaren has got better, most likely both.

If anything, midfield drivers might be overrated due to people putting the most successful driver’s results down to the car whilst attributing the results of midfield drivers down to talent.

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No. There are shallow people who only “see” the top drivers, so when they win they can boast about cheering for the winning driver (this of course mostly means fans of the dominating drivers, currently that’s Hamilton), but that’s not relevant. Real fans and viewers can notice talent and a talented driver doesn’t have to drive a top car to show his talent. I.e. Russell, Norris or in the past Leclerc, Verstappen, Vettel, etc. They’ve all started in lower tier teams and could show their talents regardless, which intrigues viewers who start cheering for them regardless of the driver not fighting for the podium places.

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I just realised the summer break isn’t even that long.

We had some MotoGP races in there to keep the jitters away… really good ones too, and we’ll have Formula 1 again next week.

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Apart from Jüri Vips (Red Bull/Toro Rosso), Tsunado (Red Bull/Honda), Schwartzman (Ferrari/Alfa), Latifi (Williams, paydriver), Mick Schumacher (Ferrari/Alfa/Name).

Are there any upcoming names that I should be aware of that have a good chance of entering the sport within 5 years?

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Huebert is the last GP3 champion and doing well in F2 right now. Apart of Renault though I believe not backed weirdly.

Zhou was Ferrari and is now Renault, could also possibly have Chinese backing.

O’Ward is Red Bull and currently racing in Japan. Unknown just what their plan is for him to make it but possible.

Armstrong shows promise with his strong junior success. Independent. Ferrari

Lundgaard is similar to Armstrong. Renault backed.


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