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Title: Ocon Move?
Post by: Robem64 on July 25, 2018, 12:02:26 PM
http://www.f1i.com/news/312068-force-india-open-releasing-ocon.html (http://www.f1i.com/news/312068-force-india-open-releasing-ocon.html)
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Scott on July 25, 2018, 12:42:20 PM
Makes me more curious about where Sainz would go.

I like the idea of Team Canada though...  :crazy: :crazy:
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Luke on July 25, 2018, 12:53:13 PM
Makes me more curious about where Sainz would go.

I like the idea of Team Canada though...  :crazy: :crazy:

I too am happy, if it is away from Williams  :tease:

Some gossip that Sainz might end up at McLaren, either alongside or instead of Alonso. 

I love silly season.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Jericoke on July 25, 2018, 03:22:05 PM
I like the idea of Team Canada though...  :crazy: :crazy:

Schmidt Peterson in IndyCar is running James Hinchcliffe (Oakville - a suburb of Toronto where Ford Canada is based) and Robert Wickens (Guelph - an upjumped farming community about an hour from Toronto) as a sort of Team Canada. 

Hinchcliffe replaced Danica Patrick as the face of GoDaddy (he's a very charming fellow).  Wickens raced respectably in DTM for Mercedes before they pulled out.  Either driver would be a good non-Quebec choice for a 'team Canada' driver.  I don't know that they'd ever be top F1 drivers, given their ages, but they'd be solid additions to the grid.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: cosworth151 on July 25, 2018, 03:43:57 PM
And they could have Red Green as Designer/Race Engineer.  ;)
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Jericoke on July 25, 2018, 03:53:31 PM
And they could have Red Green as Designer/Race Engineer.  ;)

Steve Smith (the comedian who created/plays Red Green) actually studied engineering at the University of Waterloo, the most prestigious engineering school in Canada.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: John S on July 25, 2018, 04:03:45 PM

Schmidt Peterson in IndyCar is running James Hinchcliffe (Oakville - a suburb of Toronto where Ford Canada is based) and Robert Wickens (Guelph - an upjumped farming community about an hour from Toronto) as a sort of Team Canada. 

Hinchcliffe replaced Danica Patrick as the face of GoDaddy (he's a very charming fellow).  Wickens raced respectably in DTM for Mercedes before they pulled out.  Either driver would be a good non-Quebec choice for a 'team Canada' driver.  I don't know that they'd ever be top F1 drivers, given their ages, but they'd be solid additions to the grid.


Nice thought Jeri but do either have enough qualifying points for an F1 super licence?  :DntKnw:


Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Jericoke on July 25, 2018, 08:12:28 PM

Schmidt Peterson in IndyCar is running James Hinchcliffe (Oakville - a suburb of Toronto where Ford Canada is based) and Robert Wickens (Guelph - an upjumped farming community about an hour from Toronto) as a sort of Team Canada. 

Hinchcliffe replaced Danica Patrick as the face of GoDaddy (he's a very charming fellow).  Wickens raced respectably in DTM for Mercedes before they pulled out.  Either driver would be a good non-Quebec choice for a 'team Canada' driver.  I don't know that they'd ever be top F1 drivers, given their ages, but they'd be solid additions to the grid.


Nice thought Jeri but do either have enough qualifying points for an F1 super licence?  :DntKnw:

Yes, their results in Indy and DTM respectively would allow them into F1.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Robem64 on August 21, 2018, 10:59:08 AM
Looks like Perez is imminent now to stay with Force India so presumably a Perez/Stroll driver pairing.

Leaves Ocon needing a new team......options ever more limited which is a shame as I really rate him as a driver.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Calman on August 21, 2018, 05:07:45 PM
Looks like Perez is imminent now to stay with Force India so presumably a Perez/Stroll driver pairing.

Leaves Ocon needing a new team......options ever more limited which is a shame as I really rate him as a driver.

If Ocon is left out in the cold, this again demonstrates how crazy F1 has become.  He is a talented driver and has outperformed Perez most of the time.  It would be a travesty if these young drivers don't climb the ladder, purely as there are little seats to choose from!!!!

It used to be that if you didn't deliver, you are out!!! ... but things are clearly getting tougher than ever, to hold onto a drive.

Best Regards,
Cal :)
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: John S on August 21, 2018, 05:23:25 PM
By out performed Calman are you including point scoring?  :P
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Calman on August 21, 2018, 05:47:44 PM
By out performed Calman are you including point scoring?  :P

Indeed, I forgot about the 1 point difference between them - so forget what I said, Perez is the best, the man with the bigger chest, he is the man for the job, so let's just call him Bob!  :DD

Best Regards,
Cal :)
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Calman on August 26, 2018, 02:59:36 AM
For once (although there may be invested interest or political purpose in his comments???) .. I have to agree with Hamilton's latest comments towards Esteban Ocon's excellent showing in Qualy today!!!

https://www.racefans.net/2018/08/25/exceptional-ocon-deserves-f1-seat-over-pay-drivers-hamilton/

It certainly puts pressure on the "Paid Driver" system and may force alterations, as it would simply be wrong for Ocon to loose his seat in F1 (or at least a half competitive team).  He appears to be a heck of a nice guy, young, talented and capable of outperforming half of the grid, given the right equipment.  If he ends up at Williams or McLaren, it would be a dreadful shame - as even Simon Lazenby on Sky Sports, muttered something about a "backward move" ... should this outcome be his only option for next year!!

Best Regards,
Cal :)
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Scott on August 26, 2018, 01:55:16 PM
But it was a soaking wet track...which plays to luck of timing more than talent.  He and Perez are fairly close in speed I think, but Perez is a more rounded driver.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Dare on August 26, 2018, 05:22:26 PM
Perez was a up and coming driver that his dream
drive at Mclaren killed his F1 future. I'd like to see
him at Ferrari.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Robem64 on September 02, 2018, 09:07:36 AM
Personally I think Ocon deserves a drive more than Grosjean

http://www.f1i.com/news/315629-haas-steiner-ocon-2019-race-seat.html (http://www.f1i.com/news/315629-haas-steiner-ocon-2019-race-seat.html)
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Alianora La Canta on September 02, 2018, 09:49:12 PM
I agree with you. Yes, Romain beat Esteban today (before the floor issue) but that's not been the story of the rest of the year.
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Robem64 on September 06, 2018, 01:55:21 PM
McLaren put off Ocon because of Mercedes link

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/138518/mclaren-ocon-mercedes-ties-were-deal-turnoff (https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/138518/mclaren-ocon-mercedes-ties-were-deal-turnoff)
Title: Re: Ocon Move?
Post by: Robem64 on September 28, 2018, 08:14:57 AM
Ocon only hope is Williams now

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/138976/williams-now-ocon-only-hope-of-2019-seat (https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/138976/williams-now-ocon-only-hope-of-2019-seat)