It would be disappointing to me if Mercedes did not opt to fill the gap left by Nico Rosberg with their junior driver, Pascal Wehrlein. He’s done the ground work, scoring points for the badly underfunded Manor team, and his performances have proven that he is worthy of a place in Formula One.
Surely this would be the perfect opportunity for Mercedes to get their exciting young driver into the hottest seat in F1 and begin building towards the future. The driver landscape is beginning to change, we have Verstappen and Ricciardo, we have Stoffel Vandorne set to begin his first full season in F1. As well as the likes of Esteban Ocon who is clearly a talented driver, the future is definitely set to provide us with great racing.
But too often I find that a younger driver has been over looked by a teams preference to put experience in the car. While I will always be a Kimi fan, the guy’s best years are behind him. Although I deeply enjoyed his resurgence against his lacklustre teammate, I can’t help but feel someone like Carlos Sainz would have absolutely decimated Vettel at certain points this season.
For Wehrlein to be left out at the expense of either Alonso or Bottas would be a tragedy for the future of Formula One. He has to be given the chance to show that he can win races and compete with the very best in the world.
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