Daily #F1 News and Comment: Wednesday 14th August 2013
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da Costa likely to replace Ricciardo
In an interview with Brazil’s TotalRace newspaper Franz Tost said Antonio Felix da Costa is a likely candidate to replace Daniel Ricciardo should he get the call from Red Bull. “Antonio Felix da Costa is one of the candidates, but let’s wait for Red Bull’s decision. If they take Daniel, then we will assess who will be the choice for our second cockpit“.
This is probably stating the obvious (again) as far as replacement drivers in the Red Bull Young Driver Program goes. Da Costa is probably the most experienced young driver they have and currently racing in WSR 3.5, one of the stepping stones to Formula 1.
To Spa and Monza we go then.
Seismic activity increasing in Italy – Kimi signs for Ferrari
On the 29th July, just after the Hungarian GP TJ13 reported “there will be a driver announcement in Monza that will resonate throughout F1 with the equivalent force as would an earth tremor which registers as a 9.0 on the Richter scale“.
TJ remarked it is highly unlikely that such a driver announcement will be kept quiet until Spa and even more unlikely until Monza. Clear signs of seismic activity has been increasing it appears a decision has been taken…
The Iceman cometh again! Sources at Ferrari close to TJ13 has indicated a deal is done. Kimi Raikkonen has signed a 3 year contract with Ferrari and will return to the scarlet cars in 2014. It seems Raikkonen used the Red Bull conversations to barter a better deal with Ferrari.
Ferrari has yet to announce who Raikkonen will replace and although it is anticipated that Massa will be shown the door, they could hold off the announcement to keep Alonso on a leash and incentivise Massa.
Therefore it is likely that fellow antipodean, Daniel Ricciardo will replace Mark Webber at Red Bull, unless…
It is also rumoured that Alonso is seriously considering buying his contract out and that Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz is keen to sign Alonso for 2014, despite the Spaniard’s contract.
Should this happen [Alonso leaving Ferrari] it will well and truly kick the driver market into turmoil. What will Ferrari do, replace him with a proven driver or go for a rookie/less experienced driver alongside Raikkonen? And where will Alonso go?
Will Red Bull have the grit (could not help myself) to put Alonso and Vettel in the same cars or will we see Alonso head back to Lotus (Renault) or, could it be that Alonso is heading to McLaren on a one year deal to replace Button in 2015?
Just a 9 or more? Any chance we can swap Monza and Spa Mr E?