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Silly season for 2017

Post by Ed » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:21 pm

On this thread we will provide the latest on the driver movements for the 2017 F1 season. The top post will be updated with the confirmed driver lineups. Confirmed is in green

Mercedes (both drivers confirmed):
Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg


Ferrari (both drivers confirmed):
Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen


Williams (both drivers yet to be confirmed):
Possibilities:
Valterri Bottas (possibly staying)
Sergio Perez
Pascal Wehrlein
Lance Stroll
Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull (both drivers confirmed):
Daniel Ricciardo
Max Verstappen


Sauber F1 (both drivers yet to be confirmed):
Possibilities:
Marcus Ericsson (likely)
Felipe Nasr

Force India (both drivers yet to be confirmed):
Possibilities:
Nico Hulkenberg
Sergio Perez
Pascal Wehrlein

Renault F1 (both drivers yet to be confirmed):
Possibilities:
Kevin Magnussen
Jolyon Palmer
Valterri Bottas
Sergio Perez
Esteban Ocon
Sergey Sirotkin

Toro Rosso (second driver yet to be confirmed):
Carlos Sainz
Possibilities:
Daniil Kvyat (unlikely)
Pierre Gasly (likely)

McLaren Honda (both drivers confirmed):
Fernando Alonso
Stoffel Vandoorne


Manor Racing (both drivers yet to be confirmed):
Possibilities:
Pascal Wehrlein
Esteban Ocon
Rio Haryanto (unlikley)

Haas (both drivers yet to be confirmed):
Possibilities:
Romain Grosjean
Esteban Guiterrez
Pascal Wehrlein

Retiring: Felipe Massa
Active but not racing: Jenson Button

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by Ed » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:56 pm

Clare Williams has confirmed that they are looking at both Button and Perez for 2017

Williams opens door to Button, Perez

and Toto Wolff urges Renault to sign Ocon for 2017

Wolff urges Renault to sign Ocon

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by Ed » Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:42 pm

There seems to be intense competition for the Renault seats of 2017, the engine has improved significantly and with Renault now in control, they want to get back to their winning ways.

The latest on the list of possibilities is the Russian Sergey Sirotkin and his father thinks that he has a chance:

Sirotkin in running for Renault seat – father

Meanwhile it seems Kyvat will be given a few more races before Red Bull decides whether to keep him, Dr Helmut Marko said "Kvyat only needs one or two good races to get his self confidence back".

There are also suggestions that Wehrlein may switch to Haas in 2017, it sounds unlikley as Haas is in close collaboration with Ferrari while Wehrlein is a Mercedes driver! More on these stories in this article:

Marko plays down Kvyat axe rumours

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by Ed » Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:41 pm

Bottas now linked with a move to Renault

Bottas has Renault ‘offer’ – source

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by Thaddeus » Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:14 pm

Can't see Palmer staying at Renault, and wouldn't be too surprised if Magnussen were tossed overboard too.

Button to Williams in the place of Massa is something I've read here and there. The only potential downside for Williams would appear to be the higher bargaining power Button will have compared to a younger, hungrier driver.

I'd be astounded if Vandoorne doesn't get Button's seat.

Force India have a cracking driver lineup, but keeping them both when Ferrari (and other) seats slowly become available will be very hard.

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by Ed » Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:22 pm

It appears that Bottas will be staying at Williams according to unconfirmed reports.

http://www.newsonf1.com/2016/08/bottas- ... l-reports/

It actually makes sense for Williams to at least keep one of their drivers.

The strong rumour is that Button will rejoin from McLaren

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by Ed » Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:51 am

McLaren Honda has confirmed that Alonso and Vandoorne will race for the team in 2017. Button will remain with the team.

Full team statement

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by Tim » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:29 pm

The pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place although the Williams/Renault/Force India seats are the unknowns.

It was pretty much known that Vandoorne will be given the chance to race for McLaren

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by cmlean » Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:47 am

HAAS
Grosjean
Magnussen

Force India
Perez
Ocon

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by cmlean » Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:24 am

Williams
Bottas
Stroll

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Re: Silly season for 2017

Post by cmlean » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:15 pm

Well, the hats have landed and here is where all the bodies are seated.

Mercedes:
Lewis Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas

Ferrari:
Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen

Williams:
Filipe Massa
Lance Stroll

Red Bull:
Daniel Ricciardo
Max Verstappen

Sauber F1:
Marcus Ericsson
Pascal Wehrlein

Force India:
Esteban Ocon
Sergio Perez

Renault F1:
Nico Hulkenberg
Jolyon Palmer

Toro Rosso:
Carlos Sainz
Daniil Kvyat

McLaren Honda:
Fernando Alonso
Stoffel Vandoorne

Manor Racing:
Ceased operations

Haas:
Romain Grosjean
Kevin Magnussen

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