Inside Line F1 Podcast: How's the driver market shaping up for 2017?

Pre-Canada Inside Line F1 Podcast as Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta discuss the 2017 driver market and look ahead to the Montreal race weekend.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: How's the driver market shaping up for 2017?
(L to R): Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari with Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari Team Principal and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Honda
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 celebrates his third position at the end of the race
Pastor Maldonado
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates with Justin Bieber, Singer at the podium

The silly season of F1 is upon us. Big question is, which driver will go where? Will Kimi Raikkonen retain his Ferrari seat?

Fernando Alonso won’t reunite with Ferrari, he’s clear about his relationship goals with them. And how long before Alonso signs up for Chip Ganassi Racing?

Is Mercedes feeling peer pressure to push their young driver Pascal Wehrlein? Or is Nico Rosberg secure for 2017?

If Felipe Massa doesn’t get an extension, perhaps his best retirement option would be to only groom his son for F1, inspired by Jos Verstappen!

Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean – plenty of drivers sniffing around for an upgraded cockpit.

Pastor Maldonado doesn’t look like he’s going to get a drive, which explains why he’s been practicing being pit crew instead. Is he paying off a team to hire him as one for '17?

There is lots to look forward to at the upcoming Canadian Grand Pix. The last time Ferrari won here was 2004 – when Max Verstappen was only six years old!

Irrespective of which Mercedes driver emerges on top, we that predict Justin Bieber will definitely be on the podium.

Perhaps Verstappen will crash into the wall of champions just to prove a point (though if anyone needs to prove that point, it’s Rosberg).

 

Kunal Shah is a former racer who works in the sports business industry. He pens his view on Formula 1 on his personal blog: kunalsf1blog.

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