The Channel 4 expert and longtime Formula 1 team boss Eddie Jordan predicts that in the coming season we will see the giant transfersof the best F1 drivers.

Jordan, which is known for its bold predictions, has in the past already announced some of the large Formula 1 transfers.

Former head of the Jordan team has already announced the transfer of Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari and Fernando Alonso to McLaren, but this time Irish has given an even bolder announcement.

Jordan told Channel 4:

“I am aware that this is a bold announcement, but I think Hamilton will move to Ferrari, and Mercedes will be racing with Vettel and Verstappen.”

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The news of a special exit clause that would allow Max Verstappen an early departure from Red Bull in the case of average results, puts this year Formula 1 driver market in a new light. Perhaps nothing will happen, but maybe we’ll see the gigantic transfers of the F1 greatest  stars…

According to the Spanish media, the contract between Max Verstappen and Red Bull contains a special clause according to which the Dutchman could talk about a possible transfer to any of the competing teams if he does not succeed race win before the Hungarian GP.

The existence of the clauses in the Verstappen’s contract was confirmed by the Dutchman’s management in the meantime, also the driver’s father Jos already mentioned the possibility of early departure from Milton Keynes.

Max Verstappen is considered one of the greatest talent in the history of the motorsport and with such a driver, both Ferrari and Mercedes would solve the issue of drivers lineup for the next decade. The fact is that both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are no longer the youngest, and Verstappen is offered as an ideal choice for the successors of both superstars.

In the meanwhile, there is also Fernando Alonso who made it clear that he is interested in exclusively racing with a car that will allow him to fight for the title of world champion. Although Spaniard is also considered as an elite driver, on the other hand, he is also not a young gun anymore. For some time, there have been rumors of Alonso returning to Ferrari, which based on another average season for Scuderia, does not seem impossible anymore.

Sebastian Vettel has a contract with Ferrari for 2020, but we all know that the Formula 1 contracts do not apply much. The German contract also contained a special clause, according to which both Vettel and Ferrari can terminate the agreement early. In Maranello, this clause has been used many times, and there would be no surprise if they will do so in the case of Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel can often be seen lately in the Red Bull Motorhome, a team with whom the German won four consecutive titles of the world champion. In the case of Verstappen’s departure to Mercedes, Milton Keynes will need a new leader, and Vettel could decide to end his successful career with Red Bull.

The summer is here and Formula 1 enters the annual “silly season” period. Perhaps nothing will happen, but we’ll see fireworks worthy of the pinnacle of Motorsport.

Alonso to Ferrari, Verstappen to Mercedes, Vettel to Red Bull?

 

The 49th Spanish GP takes place this Sunday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, well known to all the drivers who rack up big mileage here during pre-season testing.

The track is a mix of fast and slow corners and Turn 3 is especially demanding, requiring a well-balanced car. The final part used to be very quick, but for several years now it features a slow chicane which leads onto the start-finish straight.

Win number 50 with Niki. The Spanish GP has had several homes since it was first held in 1951. Ferrari has won this race 12 times, the first victory dating back to 1954 at Pedralbes courtesy of Mike Hawthorn.

The race was back on the calendar in 1968 at Jarama, on the outskirts of Madrid and it was here in 1974 that Ferrari won, with Niki Lauda at the wheel of a 312 B3-74, making it a hat-trick, with the victory, pole position and fastest race lap.

Gilles’ train set. The last time the Spanish GP was held in Jarama was 1981, when Gilles Villeneuve produced one of the most special drives of his career. In the 126 CK, the Canadian drove an incredible race, keeping a train of cars behind him that were quicker in the corners, but down the straights when the Ferrari engine was able to keep the 27 car out of reach.

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According to the Italian magazine Auto Moto, Ferrari will present at the next race in Spain the new paint of its SF90 car, which will include special nano-technology.

The new paint should contain special nanoparticles that aim at achieving lower temperatures and a better distribution of heat at the Ferrari car.

Ferrari will also bring a new aerodynamic upgrade package to Barcelona, while Maranello squad also decided to run the new Power Unit.

Scuderia already brought a major upgrade package for Azerbaijan GP, with which did not fully meet the high expectations. Ferrari introduced completely new rear wing, modified front wing in the Baku, and at the same time, most of the small aerodynamic elements at the air intakes were changed.

With the new aero package, they want to solve, in particular, Ferrari problems with overheating of softer versions of Pirelli tires.

Ferrari came into the 2019 on a high, boosted by a strong showing in pre-season testing in Spain. That was before the first race of the season in Australia, which proved to be something of a reality check for Sebastian Vettel.

Three races later and a crushing run of race performances from Mercedes has left Vettel acknowledging that any hopes Ferrari might have an edge over their rivals have now been well and truly dashed.

“We are not the favourites going to Barcelona,” he told the media immediately after the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday. “Obviously the last four races on average we were not quite there.

“There’s still plenty of work for us to do, obviously we were not quite where we want to be. At this point I think we just need to maximise what we can.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari in the FIA Press Conference. 28.04.2019.

“The team is in good spirits. We have another couple of upgrades to get on the car,” he said. “[But] we need to chase them down.

“We are looking forward hopefully to a smooth weekend [for the Spanish Grand Prix],” he added. “Our first four weekends haven’t been that smooth, but it will be crucial to catch them and turn the things around.”

As for Sunday’s race, Vettel agreed that his initial run on soft tyres had left him struggling.

“The first stint was really poor, I struggled to initially get the tyres to work,” he conceded. “I really struggled to find a rhythm.

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Nico Rosberg says Ferrari was ill-advised to put Charles Leclerc on medium tyres in Q2, a decision that led to the Monegasque’s costly crash according to the 2016 world champion.

Leclerc looked like a sure candidate for pole in Baku after running ahead of the field since the start of the race weekend on Friday.

But half-way into the second segment of qualifying, the Scuderia charger lost it at the treacherous Turn 8, the corner that had claimed Williams’ Robert Kubica just minutes earlier.

Leclerc clouted the wall on the outside and stepped out of his car considerably dejected with himself.

“They just completely threw it away again in qualifying. It’s unreal how they manage to do it every single time,” said Rosberg in a Vlog on Youtube.

“Leclerc was on for a definite pole position, he was really on it all weekend.”

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Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger believes the sum of Mattia Binotto’s wide-ranging responsibilities could critically overwhelm the Scuderia boss.

After several months of intrigue and rumors last season of a dissention among the Scuderia’s top brass, the House of Maranello underwent management changes at the turn of the year, with team principal Maurizio Arrivabene replaced by the Scuderia’s technical director Mattia Binotto.

While the move has undoubtedly changed the complexion of the Italian outfit, for the better, results on the track have not yet met the expectations generated by Ferrari during pre-season testing.

Berger isn’t sure the Scuderia’s ‘one man at the helm’ approach will be beneficial to Ferrari compared to Mercedes and Red Bull, where responsibilities are spread across several prominent leaders.

“The usual thing with Ferrari is, someone getting the responsibility, and getting all responsibility,” explained Berger, quoted by

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Forbes magazine revealed in an interesting analysis that among all current drivers, Sebastian Vettel, who during his career, has earned the most money for his teams, which are given to Formula 1 by the teams according to their success in the World Championship.

Over the course of his career, Vettel has won more than half a billion US dollars for Toro Rosso, Red Bull, and Ferrari, and is also more successful than five times world champion Lewis Hamilton. The Briton, who has a title more than Vettel, has earned nearly 450 million in his runs. His backlog for the German is attributed in particular to the 2007 season when Mclaren did not receive the prize due to the Spygate affair.

Kimi Raikkonen took the third place among the current racers with a mere 400 million, while the Finnish veteran followed Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, and Valtteri Bottas.