Your Fantasy F1 Grid: Part 2
You have decided the first half of the grid, now lets settle the second half
With all the movement in the driver market this year and this inevitable fall out it has caused, we decided it was time to let you guys have your say as we assemble DriveTribe's Fantasy F1 grid.
The first half of the grid is being voted on as we speak but there is still time to make your votes count here.
How it works:
Choose your first driver from the list. The listed drivers are those who are associated with the team, either officially or who have been in talks with them - realistic prospects (mostly!).
Then leave a comment with which of the drivers you would give the second seat in each team to. Simple!
Its status quo with the Silver Arrows next year with safe bet Lewis Hamilton and obedient wing man Valtteri Bottas staying put for another year. Its difficult to argue that Hamilton is not in the right place for 2019, although if you want to then definitely let us know! But more questions have been raised about hanging on to the Finn, with his performance being inconsistent generally but certainly below the standard of his teammate. Maybe that's what they want though. Have they chosen the right two for next season?
Red Bull Racing
Controversial youngster Max Verstappen is staying put for the foreseeable future but the biggest smile in the paddock, through the good times and most of the bad, Daniel Ricciardo is off to pastures new. With their propensity for sacking people in the blink of an eye, their once blooming junior program has been thin on the ground of late, leaving Pierre Gasly as their only option. Or was he?
Remember when a seat at McLaren was a massively desirable prospect? Its all change for the British outfit next year with, arguably, one of the best drivers the sport has ever seen in Fernando Alonso leaving and Stoffel being given the boot. With such a glittering junior career, a nightmare of a car, and a team mate like Alonso, was he ever going to live up to expectations? Does he deserve another shot?
Another team who will see a complete change in line up, with one box office driver, Charles Leclerc, being exchanged for another, Kimi Raikkonen, and what is largely being regarded as an upgrade with Antonio Giovinazzi replacing Marcus Ericsson. Sauber essentially have their pick of the Ferrari Driver Academy and with the announcement that they are to run a complete, four series junior program, they won't be short of talent, going forward. But have they made the right choice for this year?
One of the teams who are yet to announce their full line up but you have to assume they are looking to replace Brendon Hartley. If it wasn't for bad luck, he would have no luck and when it was on his side, he just hasn't been doing consistently as well as his outgoing team mate. They have announced Daniil Kvyat, which is an interesting decision on both parts, having unceremoniously sacked the poor guy twice for reasons that are no doubt still present. They cant have read the definition of insanity, so you decide who they should have taken.
Dont forget to choose each team's second driver in the comments!
Remember to go vote on the first half of the grid and let us know your thoughts on the 2019 driver line up. Keep an eye out for the results in the coming weeks!