November 17, 2009

Silly Season Heating Up

With Mercedes' purchase of BrawnGP yesterday, it appears that Jenson Button maybe didn't believe the team's assertions that they won't be an all-German team.  Earlier today, it appears that he agreed to a three-year, £6million contract with... McLaren, the team that Mercedes sent packing.

Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Driver's Champion.  Jenson Button, 2009 Driver's Champion.  Yeah, I'd say that's a halfway decent driver's lineup for McLaren.

I suddenly suspect that Kimi Raikkonen is headed for Mercedes.  If that doesn't happen, then expect Merc to be all-German.  Then expect plenty of WWII references, what with British/McLaren vs German/Mercedes... then throw in the dream of an American/USF1 team, and we're all set.

In other driver news, the favorite driver of Vaucanson's Duck's wife, Timo Glockenspiel, signed with newbie team ManorGP.  That's a good signing for the team in my opinion.  Not only is he a good driver, but his experience will go a long way towards improving the car during testing sessions.

Finally, a new name has arisen in the race to partner Robert Kubica at Renault.  Would you believe former SuperAguri driver Franck "The Barber" Montagny may be back?  What, Luca Badoer isn't available?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 06:11 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Hamilton and Button is a dream team.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 17, 2009 10:13 PM (+rSRq)

2 And it seems like when any F1 team assembles a "dream team" that mayhem ensues. Have there been any two drivers on a team in recent memory who felt like they were REALLY on equal footing within the team? These two will likely be in direct contention for the Championship, and it will cause friction within the team. And McLaren is Hamilton's team. I think this was a bad move for Button. Of course I'm working off of the assumption that he wants a second Championship and not just to "cash in" on his first one. If that's the goal, then I guess he's done it.

Posted by: madmike at November 18, 2009 09:50 AM (XfPWJ)

3 I think they both want to win. But they're both class acts, and they'll try to win it on the race track and not by political intrigue within the team.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 18, 2009 10:51 AM (+rSRq)

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Hi Wonderduck!  I'm getting brave and commenting here instead of via email. 

The Hamilton/Button team is ok, but I just know I'm gonna get bored with it.  They'll get along famously because they're a couple of nice guys who just like to race.  If Button gets used to the new car, maybe he'll even do well.  (I'm guessing that won't happen though - just a hunch.)

But my idea of a "dream team" is Kobayashi and Hulkenberg at Lotus.  The spunky newbies in zipply little Lotuses!  Those are the drivers I love to scream for!!  What's my chances of that happening though?  (Maybe I'll start my own F1 Fantasy League and make up teams myself!!  )

Posted by: Gerberette at November 18, 2009 08:28 PM (IYJlw)

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Montagny was driving something on the Speed Channel recently (ARCA maybe?) and he has done pretty good with those endurance road races.

Bet Zsolt would jump at the chance to get back into the driver's seat.     

Posted by: Mallory at November 21, 2009 08:48 AM (WJ2qy)

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