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A look at the major talking points from the dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel withstood late pressure to win his second. Juli kleines Presse – Meet & Greet mit Sebastian Vettel! Anwesend waren neben der Presse, Herr Jean-Philippe Leloup (Geschäftsführer Ferrari Central/. Triple Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel greets thousand Yokohama, Japan – October 9th, Triple Formula One World Champion Commenting on the event, Vettel said: “Meeting the fans here in Japan is a . I think Lorenzo will end up surprising people next season with the honda.
The Checkered Flag Three-time World champion Lewis Hamilton continues to update his style - this time posting on his Instagram of his new braids.
Saturday, 22 July Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he does not take Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel's complaints "seriously", especially "if you look at the penalty points that he's got". Autosport Sebastian Vettel said his tyre blowout on the penultimate lap of the British Grand Prix was "quite sudden" but tyre manufacturer Pirelli said it was caused by a "slow puncture".
Reuters Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat wants his future with parent team Red Bull resolved as soon as possible so he can fully focus on his racing. Planet F1 The world champion Jenson Button posted a picture on social media of some interesting characters he encountered during a morning cycle. Friday, 21 July Lewis Hamilton is planning to see out his Mercedes contract until at least the end of the season. Autosport Here's former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde's interpretation of what the 'halo' head protection device might look like for drivers in F1's decision to introduce a 'halo' cockpit protection device next year is a mistake, according to three-time champion Niki Lauda.
Motorsport Week Thursday, 20 July Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton say he has "five, six years left of" racing. The Mercedes driver told time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams that he wants to "avoid becoming a commentator or a manager" when he retires from F1.
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Interview Magazine Force India owner Vijay Mallya says there is "no specific timeline" for the team's rebrand as they ponder name options to make the team more attractive to sponsors. Mallya is looking to drop 'India' from the team's name in order to make them more appealing internationally. Sky Sports Cosworth is preparing for a Formula 1 return as it commits to helping frame the new engine rules for The firm has powered cars to grand prix wins and last competed in F1 with Marussia in Autosport Wednesday, 19 July Ferrari want four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to sign a new three-year contract.
Vettel's current deal is up at the end of the season, and the German has been linked with a potential move to Mercedes. Berger secured 48 podium finishes in a year career before retiring in Reuters Red Bull chief Christian Horner has indicated that Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz is available at the right price - but reiterated that neither Daniel Ricciardo nor Max Verstappen can be bought out of their contracts.
Raikkonen's success at Lotus opened the door to a switch to Ferrari inbut that could well have been Kubica had things played out differently. That is, of course, assuming his career path hadn't gone through Maranello earlier Ferrari Robert Kubica alongside Fernando Alonso in could have been a title-winning combination for Ferrari.
Sutton Images Before his injury, Robert Kubica had signed a pre-agreement to drive for Ferrari in Pre-agreements are not uncommon in F1 and it does not bind a driver to a seat for example, Kubica had one for before Ferrari retained Felipe Massa.
A good relationship with Fernando Alonso and fluent Italian learned from his karting career suggests he would have been a good fit. The retained Massa failed to score a single podium in The presence of a healthy Kubica, would have had a full season at Lotus-Renault under his belt without his injury, may have been too good an option to overlook for a second straight season.
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InFerrari finished 60 points shy of Red Bull. Massa managed just two podium finishes, while teammate Alonso won three races, made 10 other visits to the podium and led the championship for nearly half the season. Kubica -- the man Alonso has consistently rated as the best of his contemporaries -- would have undoubtedly fared far better than Massa, a driver who was never the same after suffering a life-threatening injury in At the end of the year Massa was points shy of Alonso, who himself finished just three shy of beating Sebastian Vettel to the championship.
He was the only one of them not to record a win that season. At worst, Kubica could have provided a more competitive rear-gunner to Alonso's title bid late in the season; at best, he could have competed for wins himself and turned the season into a three-horse race.
Two competitive drivers in red could have also given Ferrari its first constructors' championship since The fact Ferrari has had Kimi Raikkonen alongside Alonso and Sebastian Vettel since suggests the team would not have been averse to signing another big-name driver had Massa's departure simply come two years earlier. With Felipe Massa struggling for half the season, Ferrari fell short of challenging Red Bull for the constructors' championship in Getty Images Kubica would have likely ended up sharing Alonso's frustrations the following year, however, as the team started strongly but ultimately failed to mount a championship challenge with the F Further disappointment followed inprompting Alonso to leave for McLaren and its doomed project with Honda.
However, much of Alonso's reason for walking away from Maranello came from his years of failure to win a title with Ferrari -- if had led to a championship, as suggested above, the Spaniard's desire to stay with the Italian team might have been a lot different at this point.
This career trajectory for Kubica would have had obvious ramifications on the rest of the grid. Notably, it would have left Massa looking for a drive in Switching places with Kubica at Lotus may have been an option, though its likely the team still would have pursued a big-money move for the returning Raikkonen, just under different circumstances.
A lack of options elsewhere could have prompted an early retirement for Massa -- something he actually considered in when struggling for form alongside Alonso -- or an earlier drop down the grid.
Had Massa gone for the early retirement or moved elsewhere, one interesting question-mark would be who Williams decided to put alongside Valtteri Bottas at the start of Imagine how the career of Hulkenberg would have looked had he returned to Williams for the V6 turbo era after being overlooked by Lotus in favour of Pastor Maldonado, or what a hungry, wounded Sergio Perez could have done after being cast away by McLaren at the end of in the car which spent most of the year as best-of-the-rest behind Mercedes and claimed a pole position in Austria.
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Any driver who has wanted a guaranteed shot at winning a world championship since the turn of the decade has until needed to be in either a Red Bull or a Mercedes at the right time. Given Kubica was not in Red Bull's driver academy a move there seems unlikely, even if he had been available when the team started to question Mark Webber's place at the team in and But it seems like there would have been at least three opportunities for Kubica to get in on the dominant Mercedes train of the V6 era Had Kubica challenged for a championship with Ferrari or Lotus init's not beyond the realms of possibility that it would have been the Pole having a poolside chat with Niki Lauda mid-way through that season instead of Lewis Hamilton.
As we know now, Lauda was able to convince Hamilton to end a life-long affiliation to McLaren by joining Mercedes for the season, giving him the freedom he'd never experienced at his former team but also correctly promising him the German manufacturer was about to strike gold with its V6 turbo project.
The Hamilton of and is not the driver we know today -- he was still prone to hugely erratic fluctuations in form and seemed destined to be consigned to the group of drivers who never quite lived up to their potential.
Had Kubica been around and performing at a high level at this time it may have persuaded Wolff and Lauda to follow a different path. In truth, this outcome seems less likely than the two to follow -- the quiet and unassuming Kubica would not have become the sort of global icon Hamilton has evolved into, the marquee driver Mercedes saw and still sees as essential to spearheading its F1 team and selling its road cars.
Robert Kubica could have taken the place -- and the silverware -- of either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg at the all-conquering Mercedes of the V6 turbo era.
The Englishman's departure from McLaren coincided with the team's downfall -- it has not won since the Brazilian Grand Prix, which also happened to be his last race. For all of the criticism given to any driver in a dominant car, Hamilton deserves credit for having the foresight to recognise what was on the horizon for the Silver Arrows and making a decision so many thought was career suicide at the time.
But it's an option which might never have existed for Hamilton in the first place.
Had Kubica gone to Mercedes instead, Hamilton would have stayed with McLaren for its disastrous season.