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Old Fri, Dec-02-2016, 01:24:22 PM   #11
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In perhaps the most shocking news since the election:

Nico Rosberg retires from Formula 1 after winning world championship



I'm foaming at the mouth to see who gets the other Merc seat for 2017

Congrats to Nico, he deserved the title and he deserves to retire to his family
Meh, to me this shows that he just didn't have it, and that without the two or three technical challenges that Hamilton suffered, he would have never gotten that title. I think I said before he didn't deserve the title (or something like that), and this kind of proves it to me...

Of all the drivers out there in the grid that have a drive and could have taken Nico's seat, the first that comes to mind is Hulk, who would have been the best fit for Mercedes (German and win-less, just like Nico when he landed at Mercedes). I can't see Alonso going there, or Vettel, or almost anyone else that would be a good shoe-in with Hamilton and the rest of the team.

Wehrlein like the article suggests, could be another choice. If I was making that decision, I'd wonder whether he'd be a good torch bearer once Hamilton leaves the team a couple years down, and if he'd play a good #2 defending from the imminent performance of the evolving RBR and Ferrari teams in '17.

From outside F1, it could be Wittman who is young enough and already has 2 DTM titles? Maybe Mortara from Audi DTM who lost the fight to Wittman for the title, although he scored 5 race wins vs. 3 from the champion...

What do you guys think?
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Whooooaaaaa... wtf!?! Where did that come from??
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Old Fri, Dec-02-2016, 01:53:14 PM   #13
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Has to be more to it?

I think probably told Merc heavily punish or suspend or fire Hamilton over the ignoring team orders or he'd quit.

They called his bluff. He said stuff you and quit.
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Has to be more to it?

I think probably told Merc heavily punish or suspend or fire Hamilton over the ignoring team orders or he'd quit.

They called his bluff. He said stuff you and quit.
I thought that too, but if you read his comments about starting to think about retirement at Suzuka and then knowing Abu Dhabi would be the end, I think it has nothing to do with that final race. I genuinely think he realizes he's had a full race career now and he can walk away on top
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Yeah his comments about the family are truthful. That part of the story is legit and very believable. But maybe the background situation from what I alluded to above pushed him to his decision which he had in mind.

Whatever the reality, very surprising.
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interesting turn of events...


i thought Hamilton going to Ferrari would be more likely.



(IMO) if it were possible:

Max to Mercedes, Alonzo to RB
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Damn, verstappen and merc are certainly discussing, and no don't Alonso is phoning in.

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His contract exstension for 2017 and 2018, which he only signed this year, is worth $60 million.

Big balls to walk out on that amount of cash.
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