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There'll be couple new drivers in Spa:

New owners of Caterham replace Kobayashi (at least for this race) with Le Mans champion André Lotterer.

Max Chilton and Marussia are running out of money and that results to Alexander Rossi becoming first US driver in F1 for 7 years.
Edit: cancel that, Chilton got his things settled and still drives

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The good news of the day is that Bottas - and Massa too - continues at Williams next year.
Let's just hope their car will be as good as this year and not as good as last year...

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After the Monza race I must have a mini-rant about Eddie Jordan and the standard of punditry in sport. Right after the podium ceremony Eddie Jordan, whilst interviewing Toto Wolff, launched into tin foil hat mode and stated that he was a skeptic and that he believed that Nico Rosberg deliberately let Hamilton past to win, which Toto laughed off of course. Later on he dribbled on about how the race went more positively for Nico than Lewis, and how Nico will see Monza as the race where he won the title, whilst Hamilton will rue Rosberg not getting a DNF. When he first joined the BBC I thought he was a breath of fresh air, but now, seemingly, he resorts to conspiracy theories and hyperbole to try and hook viewers, but I find it tiresome. It ruins every race; every racing incident of note becomes a nefarious conspiracy theory to gift their favoured driver the victory, or to exact revenge for some previous misdemeanour and it's because of the comments by idiots like Jordan as to why they get spread.

What I want from punditry is concise, intelligent insight from former sportsmen that explain the intricacies of the sport to the viewer. This is often the case with Martin Brundle in F1 and Gary Neville in football. However, far too often the pundits seem to state the obvious, whilst maintaining an attitude of pompousness and arrogance, they are cliche ridden and are commonly, in football's case, barely literate (e.g. Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Savage etc). There are many radio hosts, who aren't former sportsmen, that are articulate and insightful, but get shunned by tv executives, because they believe that the public want the former athletes, because by playing the sport to a professional level it means that they're above the likes us. This just feeds their egos (which, in Garth Crooks' case, is already well fed). Okay, with F1 I do accept that former drivers and team members will have a greater knowledge of the complex nature of motorsport, but there must be pundits out there more suitable than Eddie Jordan and his "skepticism" and rating grabbing nonsense.

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I'm pretty satisfied with our commentators, except for few too many attempts of humor now and then

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I see that F1 is likely to move to an 8 team format, where each team has 3 drivers. I'm not overly keen on this, I quite like the smaller teams, but they will always struggle whilst the wealth is so unevenly distributed. It seems a drastic step to deal with struggling teams, and gives little hope to future teams that may want to join the sport. Also, I'm presuming that Red Bull and Toro Rosso will survive the cut, so that would mean 6 drivers out of 24 would be racing for Red Bull or its "feeder" team.

Well, at least Bernie is thinking of scrapping double points for last race next year. I'd be pleased to see that hasty, knee-jerk response to Red Bull's/Vettel's dominance scrapped.

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Certain people have been suggesting 3 car teams for ages, I don't believe that'll happen at least during current Concorde Agreement (which lasts to 2020).

I hope the championship won't be decided by the double point rule, that it's either settled before last race or ends with same result as would've without the extra points.

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Driver roulette just got to full speed - Brazilian/Spanish/Italian media was surprisingly right.

Alonso (almost certainly) moves to McLaren
to be replaced in Ferrari by Vettel
to be replaced in Red Bull by Kvyat
to be replaced in Toro Rosso by ???

Toro Rosso has previously announced Max Verstappen their 2015 driver - youngest in F1 history - but their other driver Vergne has been assumed to leave. However now that Kvyat goes to RB, TR may want to keep Vergne.

Neither McLaren driver has contract for next year and I'm not sure they'll keep either. Magnussen hasn't been too convincing and Button... World champion, reliable driver, experienced, yes, but I think there are faster drivers available.

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Both Marussia and Caterham are in much trouble and though there are always wild rumors, now it has started to look realistic that one or both won't compete next season, or at worst case even the remaining three races.

Fall of both would leave only 9 teams/18 cars and if current Concorde Agreement has the limit of 20 competitors (like earlier ones did), this could have serious legal consequences for F1.

However, what actually worries me is that this would give Bernie a chance of lifetime to push for the idea of 3 car teams.


Edit: and here we have it, Caterham will miss at least USA and Brazil (Bernie has asked them to drive in Abu Dhabi) and apparently Marussia isn't in US GP either.

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Neither McLaren driver has contract for next year and I'm not sure they'll keep either. Magnussen hasn't been too convincing and Button... World champion, reliable driver, experienced, yes, but I think there are faster drivers available.



I think Button has the capability for a few more years; he's consistently outperformed team mates in a struggling car in recent years, and he has picked up some fairly solid results in previous races. British pundits rave about Magnussen, citing him as the next best thing, commonly bracketing him with Ricciardo and Bottas (and occasionally Kvyat) in a group of potential world champions for the future. I don't see it myself, he's error prone and I am not surprised that he's collected several penalties throughout the year; I suspect this is the most for any driver in 2014. I've yet to see the promise that the likes of David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan see.

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I'm expecting that there'll be next season two world champions on McLaren - and on Ferrari and Mercedes too, if Rosberg wins.

Don't know about Magnussen. Sure hasn't looked good so far, but remember how Grosjean was and he's turned alright. But I suspect Magnussen may not again get shot with even this good team/car. Then again, he's got years...


At the moment the big question is how many team will there be 2015. Can Caterham and Marussia find buyer? Will Forza Rossa enter as completely new team or will they buy one of those? How bad is Sauber really doing, or Force India?

And if there are less than ten teams, can Bernie really push through third cars? Or worse yet, only to some teams, as he's right now suggesting?

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