2019-06-08 23:00:11 UTC
Drivers' market in turmoil: from emerging veterans to unexperienced pillars
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Drivers' market in turmoil: from emerging veterans to unexperienced
POR BEATRICE ZAMUNER
04 Jun, 19
Ferrari and Red Bull share and confirm the trend of investing in
youngsters, inevitably pulling an experienced midfielder into the
spotlight of this year's drivers' market.
Here comes the fun part. Rumours concerning the drivers’ market are
jumping from mouth to mouth inside the paddock. By the looks of it, the
2019 is not going to provide us with any shockers but there will be a
number of interesting bits nonetheless.
Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires in 2020, whereas
Valtteri Bottas is looking to extend his deal on a two-year spell for
the first time since he joined the top team. The Finn seems to be in a
very favorable position to bring home a multi-year deal, following his
strong performances so far in 2019. The only element clouded in
uncertainty appears to be Esteban Ocon, whose path to F1 would be
inevitably put on hold. However, there is a remote chance of placing the
Frenchman in a team for next year. Since Perez’s contractual situation
has not been cleared out yet, there might be a free spot at Racing
Point. Toto Wolff appears to be first in line to get his hands on that
spot, which could be earned by either Ocon or Russell. At the moment
this hypothesis depends on many factors, with the future of Perez on top
As for Ferrari, neither of the drivers will have to go through a
contract revision in 2019. Sebastian Vettel extended his deal (for three
more years) back in 2017, securing his race seat until 2020. Charles
Leclerc’s long-term commitment with Ferrari automatically pulls him out
of the F1 market.
Same way, Pierre Gasly embodies Red Bull’s future in full effect. Helmut
Marko was adamant that the Anglo-Austrian outift has invested in the
Frenchman for the long term. Therefore, all the rumours concerning a
potential approach to Nico Hulkenberg have been dismissed for now. The
German driver is a Formula 1 veteran who, owing to missed opportunities
and unfortunate dynamics, never had the chance to translate his talent
into significant achievements. The current situation within the drivers’
market sees him as a potential outsider, although Red Bull’s Helmut
Marko denied about the possibility of negotiating with him. He could
eventually stay at Renault, whose resources have been solely focussed on
2021 onwards since the French manufacturer came back. Moreover,
Hulkenberg may well evaluate further options, as the drivers’ market
reaches its busiest stage.
Most of the drivers who have not secured a seat yet will be urged to
prove themselves and deliver strongly until on-track action snoozes afte
the Hungarian GP. A great example is Romain Grosjean, whose deal with
Haas relies on his performance.
Any newcomers at the horizon? Not for now. Mick Schumacher has been
struggling to make a name for himself in F2 since his debut, which would
eventually convince Alfa Romeo and the FDA to freeze him for a year and
keep Giovinazzi, who has shown modest signs of growth and improvement
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