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“Silly Season: Finns preferred, Sainz forsch”

The summer time in formula 1 also includes speculation. What is Fernando Alonso doing 2018? Will Valtteri Bottas stay on Lewis Hamilton’s side? What does Max Verstappen have to do with Ferrari? A Spaniard has been called back before. Fernando Alonso (McLaren):

On the intercession of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton Fernando Alonso had to give up. I’m not in charge of hiring drivers. But if I had something to say, I would be Kimi. d. Red.) preferred the German Ferrari-Star in Spielberg to the question of what he thought of the Spaniard as possible formula-1 teammates. I am quite happy with the teammate I have,”said Mercedes-Mann Hamilton, looking at the Finnish Valtteri Bottas.

Alonso would be out of business at McLaren-Honda at the end of this season. After three years of permanent hindsight, the 35-year-old finally wants to get back in a car that has the potential to win. Alonso is still an exception; However, he is credited with being able to easily poison the team’s peace. A return of the two-time World Champion to Renault, where the Rhineland Nico Hullkenberg is bound for the long term, would certainly not be the first option for him. In any case, Jolyon Palmer’s time is running out with the French.

Max Verstappen (Red Bull):

Red Bull Motorsport consultant Helmut Marko and team leader Christian Horner refer to the long-term contracts with their driver pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. But the Dutch Youngster was always rumored. The Independent reported with reference to sources from the Boxengasse not mentioned above that it is more and more only a matter of time before hiding to Ferrari farewell.

A cockpit with the Italians will in any case also belong 2018 Sebastian Vettel. Concrete negotiations between Ferrari and the Heppenheimer, whose contract expires, are planned for the summer break. The signatures should be purely formal. Comrade Kimi Vrikkunen could once again benefit from Vettel’s intercession for another contract.

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes):

“He is clearly our favorite and we want to stay with him for a long time,” said team leader Toto Wolff about the successor of the retired world champion Nico Rosberg. The driver market becomes “quite interesting” for the season 2019 at the latest, so you have to plan in time. Bottas has a good chance to drive 2018 alongside Lewis Hamilton. After four years of stress with Rosberg, the British repeatedly praised the smooth cooperation with the sociable Finnish, who also provides the necessary results. Hamilton’s own contract with the silver arrows is still valid for 2018.

Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso):

His researched gait has brought a rebuke to the Spaniard.” In Austria we say: You don’t bite the hand that feeds you,”said Red Bull motor sports consultant Helmut Marko to the push of Sainz Jr., not to want to complete a fourth season at the sister team Toro Rosso. Instead he wanted to fight 2018 for Red Bull and for podiums. Marko had said that only a Ferrari offer would make one ready to talk, but that was out of the question. Also Red Bull team leader Christian Horner pointed out that Sainz Jr. will be in a Toro Rosso by option next year.