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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

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given he has already beaten Alonso as a team mate, and Alonso is in the twilight of his career, how'd you work that out??

And Vettel???? please, be sensible
You say this as if Hamilton had beaten Alonso by 60 points (which is what Alonso usually does with his teammates). They both got 109 points in 2007 and Hamilton was ahead of Alonso just because he had finished second in more races. Actually Alonso would have probably won the championship if he had not been punished because of his own team in the Hungarian GP.
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

Allan McNish's take on the retirement.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/38208224
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Old 20.12.2016, 23:59
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

Bottas for Mercedes and Massa back with Williams seems to be the favourite option now

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/38384982
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Old 21.12.2016, 00:37
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

Not sure i agree with Massa coming back. He seems past it and doesn't seem right after his Brazil GP farewell.

Was hoping for a Paul di resta surprise return
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Old 21.12.2016, 00:47
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Not sure i agree with Massa coming back. He seems past it and doesn't seem right after his Brazil GP farewell.

Was hoping for a Paul di resta surprise return
I think that if Massa returns it is mainly due to the politics of sponsorship
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Old 21.12.2016, 17:04
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

no no no no no please don't let it be true, that crash master whining number 2 muppet massa is back at williams, jesus, has this man no dignity????
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Old 21.12.2016, 18:36
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no no no no no please don't let it be true, that crash master whining number 2 muppet massa is back at williams, jesus, has this man no dignity????
Obviously not, are Williams that desperate.
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Old 21.12.2016, 18:43
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Obviously not, are Williams that desperate.

I read martini sponsorship is conditional on them having a driver over 25, and of course massa brings sponsors with him, so the only upside is williams will be swimming in money next year, and have free engines.

but why not try and get button?
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but why not try and get button?
both Massa and Button did not really impress this year.
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

Makes sense. They want an experienced driver and Massa already knows the team. Question is who'll replace Bottas? Their reserve/test driver or will they go after someone else.
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I read martini sponsorship is conditional on them having a driver over 25, and of course massa brings sponsors with him, so the only upside is williams will be swimming in money next year, and have free engines.

but why not try and get button?
Get Webber back behind the wheel, wishful thinking.
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Old 21.12.2016, 20:29
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Makes sense. They want an experienced driver and Massa already knows the team. Question is who'll replace Bottas? Their reserve/test driver or will they go after someone else.
Massa will replace bottas some billionaires son is the other Williams driver
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Massa will replace bottas some billionaires son is the other Williams driver
18-year-old Lance Stroll. Hardly old enough to drink Martini, hence why they are getting Massa back

http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/ma...n-2017-860616/
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but why not try and get button?
What about Velcro or Zip, both very good i hear and up their with Button
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

There is still no official announcement on Rosberg's replacement but Bottas does seem to be all but confirmed.

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-au...cement-Twitter
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

Now confirmed.

"Valtteri Bottas has succeeded retired world champion Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes.

The move, expected since December, also sees Brazilian Felipe Massa come out of retirement to replace the 27-year-old Finn at Williams.

Bottas has signed a one-year deal with the option for more, while Rosberg moves into an ambassadorial role.

Mercedes' young driver Pascal Wehrlein, passed over in favour of Bottas, joins the Swiss Sauber team."

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/38489054
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

Did anyone see the Robserg interview at the WEF in Davos?

I think I'll be much more of a fan of the man than I was the driver.

It's pretty bold for a current F1 Champion to say "there's more to life than driving round in circles!"
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

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I agree, but to be fair, I'm finding it a lot easier to like the guy now that he's not driving against Lewis!

I think the one to watch in the new season will be Bottas. He is only under contract with Mercedes for a year, and this time next year both Alonso and Vettel will be out of contract with their respective teams. It would be far too easy in 2018 for Bottas to move back to Williams after Massa FINALLY retires in order to make room for one of the big boys... Unless... Bottas does something very special in order to cement his place at Mercedes.

Also, where is the rivalry going to come from this year? It's so difficult to predict, what with the new cars and phrases like "5 seconds faster" being bandied about. It's a shame about Rosberg, because there was definitely something heating up between him and Verstappen!
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I think the one to watch in the new season will be Bottas. He is only under contract with Mercedes for a year, and this time next year both Alonso and Vettel will be out of contract with their respective teams. It would be far too easy in 2018 for Bottas to move back to Williams after Massa FINALLY retires in order to make room for one of the big boys... Unless... Bottas does something very special in order to cement his place at Mercedes.
I agree with all of that except Alonso being part of the equation. If Bottas doesn't do well enough to keep his place after a year, I think that Vettel would be the clear favourite to replace him.
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Re: Rosberg retires from F1

agreed, Merc think hamilton is a PITA then no way would they take the king of PITA's
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