Why only one man makes sense as Ferrari's next F1 driver

And its probably not who you think it is

4y ago

Ferrari are finding themselves in a bit of dilemma, Raikkonen is clearly not the force he used to be and has once again fallen into his Ferrari slump as he did with his last spell at the team. His results being only just about OK but nowhere near good enough.

Ferrari have a list of junior drivers and of course Jules Bianchi would probably have been next in line were it not for his horrendous and tragic accident. But no one on the Ferrari roster really makes sense.

Giovanazzi is clearly too young and too inexperienced, Fuoco and Leclerc are both serving apprenticeships in F2 (GP2) so no one has enough F1 experience for a Ferrari promotion.

Looking around the rest of the F1 grid, Maybe Lewis Hamilton would fancy a crack at a championship in red, but there is no way Vettel would allow that, Fernando Alonso burned all the bridges leading to Maranello and the Haas drivers probably aren't quite the ticket. I just can't see Grosjean ticking enough boxes to get the call.

Looking across to the Red Bull stable, they have 3 fantastic drivers who deserve to be in the big team, Ricciardo, Verstappen and Sainz, sadly 3 into 2 does not go and Sainz is not going to be content sitting on in the junior team for another year. Red Bull are going to have to promote him or let him go.

They do seem to be pretty happy with the current two drivers in the big team and as such he is going to be looking for an upgrade drive for next year.

He's proved himself as a real talent, he has the skills to match Verstappen and has proved a cut above Kvyat. He's had a good few years to grow and mature and gain experience in F1 and therefore is clearly the best option for Ferrari. He's fast enough, experienced enough and young enough to still be seen as an emerging superstar. (a bit cheaper then Raikkonen too)

It's a no-brainer isn't it?

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Comments (53)

  • Disagree. Perez 10 times over

      4 years ago
  • Sort out the differences with Alonso. Experience and skill wasting away at the Japanese prison camp in Wokin could and should be put to use in Maranello. Ferrari need to develope faster than Mercedes in order to win both championships and Alonso has the skill and experience to help do this. And he will push Vettel, instead of getting in his way as Kimi did in China. Recon he'd jump ship right away too, just look at the way he's swapped Monaco for a chance to drive a better car. So it's up to Maranello management to manage this, that's all that's standing in the way.

      4 years ago
    • Alonso is a real teammate killer, and in a team with vettel will be a desaster. Yes, he is one of the best driver now, or maybe the best, but not a team player, just like schumacher. Don't get me wrong, you need this mentality in this sport, and i do...

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        4 years ago
    • too many young guns ahead of him now and Ferrari won't have him back

        4 years ago
  • Verstappen is the only driver Ferrari need.

    It's like post 94 like, there was Schumacher and there was the rest of the field.

    There's Verstappen and there's the rest of the field.

    If Sundays race didn't make it already obvious.

    You just wonder what he would do if he had a car equal to the Merc or Ferrari.

    If Ferrari don't choose best driver in F1 (Verstappen) then it doesn't matter who they choose, they might as well take Felipe Massa back its all just futile.

    Choosing any driver besides Verstappen is a stupid waste.of time

      4 years ago
  • I'm a big fan of Sainz and I'd have no problem seeing him at Ferrari. But surely Perez is the man who most deserves a shot in a decent car. His dumping from McLaren was absolutely the wrong decision.

      4 years ago
  • What about perez or hulkenberg, I think they would do a pretty good job

      4 years ago
    • Agree but Perez is a better racer. Hulk after the 24h LM did too many mistakes and threw away too many goid chances

        4 years ago