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[Formula 1] 2010 Silly Season

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+Frank B.    7,151

Who do you think will drive for which team next year? Also: Which team will have which and which title sponsor? Let's speculate in this thread.

2010 Formula One Championship grid

Emirates Brawn GP Mercedes

1. Jenson Button

2. Rubens Barichello

Red Bull Mercedes

3. Mark Webber

4. Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

5. Kimi R?ikk?nen

6. Felipe MassaVodafone McLaren Mercedesb>

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Nico RosbergToyotab>

9. Timo Glock

10. ?AT&T Williams-Renaultb>

11. Nico H?lkenberg

12. Renault/b>

14. Fernando Alonso

15. Romain GrosjeaForce India Mercedes/b>

16. Adrian Sutil

17. Vitaly PetroScuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari/b>

18. Sebastian Buemi

19. Jaime AlguersuarVirgin Manor F1 Cosworth/b>

20. ?

21. Telefonica Campos GP Cosworth/b>

22. Pedro de la Rosa

23. Team US F1 Cosworth/b>

24. Marco Andretti

25. Lotus F1 Cosworth/b>

26. ?

27. Sauber/b> - could get a 14th grid slot

28. ?

29. ?

Comments? Other ideas? Let's hear them.

Edited by Mephistopheles

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Shibby    2

I suppose anthony davidson might be worth a punt for Virgin Manor, but I suppose thats if he wants to give up Brawn GP and working for the BBC.

I suppose Piquet and even some of the ex Torro Rosso drivers are free. If you've got Petrov down for Force India, perhaps Vitantonio Liuzzi would like to race a bit more.

Then we've got Alonso going to Ferrari and Kimi leaving the sports, god this ones been floating about for some time now.

I think Heikki Kovalainen could go to Williams, I think he could do a nice job for them!

I suppose Nakajima will go to someone, but then again who would want him?

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+Frank B.    7,151

Update now that more facts start to materialise:

2010 Formula One Championship grid

Emirates Brawn GP Mercedes

1. Jenson Button

2. Nico Rosberg

Red Bull Mercedes

3. Mark Webber

4. Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari Santander

5. Felipe Massa

6. Fernando Alonso

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Nico Rosberg

Toyota

9. Katzuyo Nakajima

10. ?

AT&T Williams-Renault

11. Nico H?lkenberg

12. Rubens Barichello

Renault>

14. Robert Kubica

15. Romain Grosjean

Force India Mercedes>

16. Adrian Sutil

17. ?

Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari>

18. Sebastian Buemi

19. Jaime Alguersuari

Virgin Manor F1 Cosworth>

20. ?

21. ?

Telefonica Campos GP Cosworth>

22. Pedro de la Rosa

23. ?

Team US F1 Cosworth>

24. Marco Andretti

25. ?

Lotus F1 Cosworth>

26. ?

27. ?

Sauber Ferrari> - could get a 14th grid slot

28. Nick Heidfeld

29. ?

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san.W10    6

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Kimi R?ikk?nenForce India Mercedesb>

16. Adrian Sutil

17. Vitantonio Liuzzi

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+Frank B.    7,151

Whoops, you're correct san.W10.

2010 Formula One Championship grid

Emirates Brawn GP Mercedes

1. Jenson Button

2. Nico Rosberg

Red Bull Mercedes

3. Mark Webber

4. Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari Santander

5. Felipe Massa

6. Fernando Alonso

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Kimi R?ikk?nenToyotab>

9. Katzuyo Nakajima

10. ?AT&T Williams-Renaultb>

11. Nico H?lkenberg

12. Rubens BarichellRenault/b>

14. Robert Kubica

15. Romain GrosjeaForce India Mercedes/b>

16. Adrian Sutil

17. Vitantonio LiuzzScuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari/b>

18. Sebastian Buemi

19. Jaime AlguersuarVirgin Manor F1 Cosworth/b>

20. ?

21. Telefonica Campos GP Cosworth/b>

22. Pedro de la Rosa

23. Team US F1 Cosworth/b>

24. Marco Andretti

25. Lotus F1 Cosworth/b>

26. ?

27. Sauber Ferrari/b> - could get a 14th grid slot

28. Nick Heidfeld

29. ?

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+Frank B.    7,151

New edit. Confirmed data in blue.

2010 Formula One Championship grid

Emirates Brawn GP Mercedes

1. Jenson Button

2. Nico Rosberg

Red Bull Renault

3. Mark Webber

4. Sebastian Vettel

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Kimi R?ikk?nenScuderia Ferrari Santanderb>

7. Felipe Massa

8. Fernando AlonsoToyotab>

9. Katzuyo Nakajima

10. ?AT&T Williams Cosworthb>

11. Nico H?lkenberg

12. Rubens Barichello

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Antaris    83

Not sure what Virgin is up to, I remember Branson saying "we like to back the underdogs", but to be honest, he only agreed to back Brawn when he saw the cars pace, and if they can continue that into 2010, why is he backing out of sponsorship?

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Shibby    2
Not sure what Virgin is up to, I remember Branson saying "we like to back the underdogs", but to be honest, he only agreed to back Brawn when he saw the cars pace, and if they can continue that into 2010, why is he backing out of sponsorship?

Because brawn now are probably no longer underdogs and want quite a lot of money. ?They would like the money to fund the driver contracts but also perhaps hire back the people they had to make redundant

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CrashG    439

I think Toyota should look at signing Kamui Kobayashi, yeah he's a rookie but did quite well in the two races that he drove.

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Fubar    114
I think Toyota should look at signing Kamui Kobayashi, yeah he's a rookie but did quite well in the two races that he drove.

I'm pretty sure they will going on whats been said in this article http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79960 he gave button a run for his money thats for sure and he's by far been the best rookie this season with a few races, look at grosjean and others hehehe

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Zoom7000    148

Almost all of the rookies this season have been terrible! Remember Luca Badoer? :p

Really need mid season testing to return. Having said that though, Kamui Kobayashi definitely did his chances of a drive no harm after his performance in the last 2 races!

Isn't Jacques Villeneuve rumoured to be looking at a return to F1?

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Omar Hussain    8

Raikonnen rumoured for Maclaren,

Kobayashi rumoured to secure his drive for Toyota

Fisichella becomes test driver for Ferrari

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BGM    101

Scott Speed for Team US F1! ;)

hahahaha :p

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Subject Delta    108

I imagine Rosberg may be in line for the second Brawn seat, and McLaren will probably get Raikkonen. I also think Toyota will keep Glock and Kobayashi. Other than that it's anyone's game.

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+Frank B.    7,151

New edit. Confirmed data in blue.

2010 Formula One Championship grid

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes GP

3. Nico Rosberg

4. Nick Heidfeld

Red Bull Renault

5. Mark Webber

6. Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari Santander

7. Felipe Massa

8. Fernando Alonso

AT&T Williams Cosworth

9. Nico H?lkenberg

10. Rubens Barichello

Renault>

11. Robert Kubica

12.

Force India Mercedes>

14. Adrian Sutil

15. Vitantonio Liuzzi

Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari>

16. Sebastian Buemi

17. Jaime Alguersuari

Virgin Manor F1 Cosworth>

18. Timo Glock

19. ?

Telefonica Campos GP Cosworth>

20. Bruno Senna

21. ?

Team US F1 Cosworth>

22. ?

23. ?

Lotus F1 Cosworth>

24. ?

25. ?

Sauber Ferrari>

26. ?

27. ?

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Minchino    1

Just curious what happened to driver #13? :D

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+Frank B.    7,151
Just curious what happened to driver #13? :D

Formula One drivers are superstitious. Which is why there is no car #13.

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deuz    2

man if mercedes opt to go for two leading drivers, it will not end well.

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starbearer    16

With Mercedes GP,And Button Confirmed For Mclaren,I Guess Kimi's Going To Take A Sabbatical This Season(Better Than Contemplating His Permanent Exit Form F1).I Doubt He'll Drive For The Lower Ranked Or The New Teams,Besides Which They Wouldn't Be Able To Afford His Salary.

He'll Actually Earn More This Way,If He Stays Out For The Season,That Is.$15Mn As Compared To $7.5-$10Mn If He Had Actually Taken Up A Drive.

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Martyn    5

Hakkinen took a sabbatical and never returned...

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starbearer    16

Hope The Same Won't Happen With Raikkonen.He's Too Good Of A Driver To Go Out With Just A Single World Championship,And A Runners-Up Spot To His Name.

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Shibby    2

I hope Kimi just takes a pay cut and goes for some team, I think he has to accept the days of earning his sort of money are no longer upon us and may be years before it gets back to that level.

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san.W10    6

Raikkonen to take a sabbatical in 2010

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will take a sabbatical from Formula 1 next year, his manager has revealed, following the collapse of talks with McLaren about a deal for 2010.

Raikkonen said last month that, in the wake of being released from his Ferrari contract, his only option to remain in F1 was with McLaren - because he wanted to be guaranteed a top-line grand prix car.

However, amid increasing speculation that Jenson Button is on his way to the British team, Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson revealed on Tuesday night that discussions with McLaren had come to an end.

"The options in F1 were with McLaren next season or not at all," Robertson was quoted as saying by respected Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, which has close links with the Raikkonen camp. "Kimi and McLaren were unable to reach an agreement, so he will not drive at the F1 level - at least not next year.

"A gap year means nothing for Kimi. He is more interested in fighting for wins and the world championship. F1 will miss Kimi. He worked hard over the summer - doing things in a Ferrari that only the best drivers are capable of."

AUTOSPORT understands that there were several stumbling blocks to a deal being completed with McLaren prior to the team finding out that Button was available and interested.

As well as a difference of opinion about wages, Raikkonen and McLaren were believed to not be in agreement about the number of sponsorship appearance days he should do, or about how free he was to do rallies.

With Raikkonen only interested in returning to F1 in a race-winning car, his best option for 2011 would appear to lie with Red Bull Racing - which has a theoretical vacancy for 2011 with Mark Webber currently only contracted until the end of next year.

Although it is not clear what Raikkonen will do next year, it is possible that he will focus his efforts on the World Rally Championship – while he sorts out an F1 return. Red Bull could be involved in his rally plans too.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80187

:(

the end of him?

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