Much has been speculated over the last week since Rosberg’s shock retirement. News even this toupé’d old owl didn’t see it coming.
Rosberg’s call of retirement caused Mercedes a little bit of a headache at this late hour. Perhaps another question mark over the Silver Arrows management style of using multiple managers within the team. Something we now know for sure being a major reason for Ross Brawn to depart for fishing trips.
We’ve all heard of the phrase, too many cooks spoil the broth? Yes this approach has reaped rewards in terms of car design but it could certainly be argued it lacks a degree of empathy on the human scale. It will be interesting to hear of the stories in later years of what it’s like to work under the German Behemoth fat on the success of F1 glory.
So the question has been asked of who will replace Rosberg at Mercedes for 2017?
TJ13’s previous article on the situation at Manor might well give us a clue as to who it’ll be.
TJ13 Jury required reading:
A lot of speculation has been on Fernando Alonso for the drive. Indeed whenever a top drive has appeared before, his name is oft top of the list regardless of contracts that ‘must be honoured’. We all know they’re worth very little at the end of the day.
It could be argued that Fernando has a contract that is water-tight with McLaren Honda, something that cannot be broken. Alonso’s manager and chief advocate since the Spanish Samurai started in F1 thinks so.
“Granted, people always think of Fernando when a top car is free. But we have a contract, and we will respect that. ” says the 66 year old Italian.
Flavio Briatore is perhaps the best person to listen to for insight into what the ‘most complete F1 driver on the grid’ might be thinking.
An argument could be levelled at Flavio about Fernando’s contract with Ferrari that ended early when he switched to McLaren Honda. But Flav has an answer for those doubters.
“The situation at the time was such that we had an agreement with the Ferrari president Luca Montezemolo – if Fernando should not be able to get the title in 2014, he is free. And Luca stood by his word.
Marco Mattiacci, who was then at the time, offered us a new three-year contract, but we refused. “
So there we have it. The options are very limited for Mercedes and Toto has already eluded this week that a ‘top name’ is not what they’re after.
Stand up Pascal. Your time has come?