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Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Masanari, Sep 22, 2011.
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Serious question then guys- Are McLaren bonkers or genius to be chasing this Piastri fella?
Could that not cause fireworks with Lando? It will be interesting to see how they pair up. I love Lando as a driving talent but I get the impression toys might come out the pram with him in time.
Or do they know something about Lewis hanging up the racing gloves in a couple of seasons that might lose them Lando to Mercedes? That way with Piastri on board, they’ve got a young starlet regardless?
The final question of course- is how is this Piastri rated up against previous crops of rookie? It’s a big ask!
Herta and/or Pat O'O'ward are McLaren's aims for drivers imo.
I guess it's just a case of it being impossible to have too much talent. I think you're right that Lando is currently the leading prospect to replace Hamilton, whenever that becomes necessary, and McLaren need a team leader when that happens. Might as well sign Piastri now and try to grow him into that driver, than sit tight with a driver you're unhappy with (Riccardo) and be left picking up the pieces.
I suspect McLaren are happy to upset others and risk having to pay settlements if necessary, because they know they'll receive a fee when Lando leaves.
You still have a chance at Alpine
I'm holding out for a Alpha Tauri seat... They're bound to run out of victims, erm... Drivers soon...
Seems that Ricciardo was told after Hungary on Sunday 31st that he would be replaced by Piastri and is negotiating a $$$ settlement to not drive for McL in 2023!!
Seems a bit risky to tell him on 31st IF Piastri couldn't actually sign until 1st. Maybe he signed a contract stating that IF Alpine didn't take up the option they had he would drive for McL?
As others have speculated and Otmar even said the other day they would be happy for Danny Ric to come back to Alpine!!! I wonder if the deal is already done!!!
Just seen this:
Brilliant write up, if a little long. This bit really got me:
"But that is not what Hamilton did. As his friend Tom Brady, who was standing in front of his TV, watching what he calls “just the craziest of all crazy endings,” observes, “He handled it as gracefully as anyone possibly could imagine.” There would be no public venting of any kind. Instead, Hamilton walked over to the declared victor, Verstappen, shook his hand, and congratulated him. Watching this, Lucas—a man who has a fairly notable history when it comes to the subject he was about to speak of—leaned over to Hobson and said: “Heroes are bigger than champions. Lewis just earned hero status.”
Trust George Lucas to find the words to make me see the end of 2021 in a (slightly) different light.
I think we all respected the way Lewis 'accepted' it. He had his moment to himself in the car before climbing out.
IF Merc get the car performing in the second half of the season, I can see Lewis giving Verstappen a message with his driving. Let's see. If Lewis comes back next year it will be a story told for decades. Don't get mad, get even.
But I am loving the new talent too.
I'd so love Lewis to win 15 races next year and then walk off into the sunset. Not going to happen, I know.
15 races or not, as long as he thwarts RBR, I am happy.
Kimi going back to yeehaa for next weeks race at Watkins Glen.