Surprised you didn't mention Perez announcing he is leaving Tracing Point, surely only a matter of time now before Vettel is announced.So no time to rest with a second Italian GP at Mugello, and its a massive one for Ferrari considering its there literal own test track but not surprising that Pirelli have gone conservative on tyre compounds and I do wonder how much overtaking we'll see this sunday though without doubt its more then likely that majority will happen at T1 at a push maybe the last corner if theres a desperate lunge.
Off topic, funnily enough Steve had I created this thread I would have also asked the same poll question more or less.
I voted yes but with the belief that Gasly swaps with Albon after this race - that's what should happen, though whether Horner & Marko will make the swap happen and as a result to take a hit to there own egos plus looking a bit foolish in the first place for dropping Gasly down to AT is a different matter I suspect.
BIBOne of the rare occasions where Bottas looked to have Hamilton's number in qualy but shock horror circumstances go Hamilton's way yet again.
Expecting the start and run down to T1 to go a long way to deciding the race, as overtaking will likely be pretty difficult here, hopefully there'll be enough strategy to at least keep the race interesting or other then that a untimely SC/VSC to screw over Merc is the other hope.
Obviously the big news off track was Seb's officially joining Aston Martin for next season, it'll be interesting to see if he gets back on form there.
With Perez I'd be surprised if he doesn't get a seat some where, though I think a lot is up in the air with funnily enough what you sort of touched on above Joker - F2.
You have Mick Schumacher now leading that championship and as he's part of the Ferrari driver academy I imagine if he were to win the F2 championship you would have to believe he would be a shoe in for a seat at Alfa Romeo next year, also what a story for F1 it would be for another Schumacher to be on the grid next year.
But 2 other drivers that happen to be also from the Ferrari driver academy and could throw a spanner into the works of the media dream F1 headline with Schumacher Jr is Callum Ilott & Robert Shwartzman - should either of them win the F2 championship then it would take some explaining how either of them would miss out on a F1 seat to Schumacher Jr, and for me the Russian Shwartzman has been very impressive in his rookie season and definitely has a lot of promise, if he makes it to F1 I don't think he'll be another Petrov.
Then lastly theres Yuki Tsunoda part of a combined Red Bull and Honda driver program (called Formula Dream over in Japan), unsurprisingly Honda want to get a Japanese driver racing for them via Alpha Tauri, which would likely see Kvyat lose his seat, but Tsunoda needs to finish top in the F2 championship to get enough super license points to be eligible to race in F1.
I understand that point but I'll counter that Bottas didn't get a second run because he had the misfortune of being behind Ocon, I think if had he would have got pole but that's just my opinion.BIB
No, I think you'll find they both got a first run in and Hamilton shaded it. Bottas had shaded him the other sessions, close but always try to get the job done. Hamilton did not improve on his 2nd run anyway.
I was actually surprised how many easy drs overtakes there were, with many done before T1, I would've thought around a track like Mugello that dirty air would keep around a 1.5 second buffer between cars meaning that you would need a significant pace advantage to get close enough overtake the car ahead, but I think headwind down the straight also exacerbated matters.No, watching the support races, DRS overtakes a plenty into T1. SC/VSC very likely multiples. Track is too 'new' for everyone's concentration levels to be there for so many laps, the option being 'go slower'....hmm, not a choice.
Its not about me 'doubting' Seb but more the point that he's been a bit off the pace in general though I believe its more the case the car doesn't suit him at all and he's counting down the days until the end of the season, though I like to think he'll be reinvigorated for the new challenge at Aston Martin and once winter testing gets going. (as it'll likely be a knock-off 2020 Mercedes he'll be driving)Do you doubt your man? I do, I think this will be painful. His benchmark will be to beat Stroll, which Perez has done consistently. Maybe the idea is to attract sponsors as all eyes will be on the Tracing Point (yes, I've given in)...erm, Aston Martin at the start of 2021.
What I bolded - I agree all 5 of those could be in serious jeopardy of losing there seat after this season, (Kimi more because I reckon he's hanging his helmet up after this season F1 wise)I wouldn't be surprised if Perez doesn't get a seat - it's an odd world. Not really sure of much except the old guard (and Perez is now one of them) are going given the performance of the freshmen. I think Kimi, Giovinazzi, Grosjean, Magnussen, they're all history. Can't be sure of Kyvat either.
Yes, I think the time is now or never for Schumacher. With the above, it's easy to see how he could end up in an Alfa.
Box office. Illott or Shwartzman don't have it, with little else to choose among them. Winning the F2 does not guarantee you anything (except the non-continuance of your F2 career), just ask Davide Valsecchi or Fabio Leimer.
Tsunoda needs another year in F2 I think.