Charles LeBrad wrote:Did anyone else mention during on of the FP's the commentators saying there was a rumour of Vettel > Red Bull?
They were laughing it off because the rumours started because he was seen chatting to Helmut, but one of them said that it might not be that crazy, and maybe going back to that environment might reinvigorate him.
My crazy prediction;
Vettel > Red Bull
Ricciardo > Ferrari
Gasly > Toro Rosso
Kvyat > Out
Ocon > Renault
They also had said if Alonso could return to McLaren (like he did), then anything is possible!
What benefit would Vettel draw from going back to RB?
He'd still be in the spotlight in another top team getting shown up by another young driver except at RB he'd be doing it as the #2 & probably for less than a third of the money he's on now.
My guess is he'll be at Ferrari until he retires.
If Ghasly can keep his Britain form up he should be ok at RB. Giovanizzi's starting to show signs of promise at Alfa.
Sadly I can't see Kubica being around next year. Grosjean has to go & I think because of that that'll be Magnussens savior.
As for the 2nd Merc seat. At the start of the year I was sure it'd be Ocon's. Not so sure now. I'm not convinced he'd do a better job than Bottas. I can see the value in Merc giving Ocon a chance to prove himself next to Hamilton in preparation for Hamilton's retirement, but Ocons effectively had a years sabbatical & i'm not sure Merc would be keen to throw him straight in the deep end after a year off.
Maybe Bottas to stay with Ocon released to Haas?
Maybe Russell to Merc, Bottas to Haas & Ocon to Williams to partner Latifi?
Maybe just Ocon to Williams to replace Kubica though if Williams are going to Renault i'm not sure they'd go with 2 Merc drivers. Could we see Jack Aitkin in a Williams next year?