By now you have heard the shocking news of Nico Rosberg’s retirement from Formula 1. While I have mixed feelings on this for now, I have to sit back and congratulate the newest F1 champ on a great career. Tune in to the YouTube Channel for my full thoughts this Sunday on this week’s In Case You Missed It. For the time being, Nico has retired and all of Twitter almost immediately congratulated Nico. However twitter also provided us with some gold like this:
— Matthew Somerfield (@SomersF1) December 2, 2016
Clearly Alonso is on the tip of everyone’s tongue to fill the suddenly vacant driver position at Mercedes. It fits, too. Alonso’s current ride, McLaren, cant seem to catch up with their Honda power unit and Alonso is not getting any younger. A switch to Mercedes would give the F1 champ a chance at 1 more run at a title before calling it a career. Or, his recently retired teammate, Jenson Button could cut short his own 5 day retirement and come back to the team that won him his only World Title. (Jenson won his title for Brawn in 2009, Brawn eventually became Mercedes.)
But I’m not here to speculate, even though I sort of just did. No, I’m here because Max Verstappen just won Twitter, and apparently Mercedes likes cake.
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) December 2, 2016
Okay lets just take out of the equation that Max is currently very much employed by Red Bull, a team I believe is set to bring the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes team next season. This is the definition of a power move. Yes, it was done tongue in cheek. Yes, this is clearly a joke. But Verstappen is putting it out there that he knows that come contract time he will be the hottest commodity. Even though this is clearly all in good fun he is planting the seed in Red Bull’s head that they had better get their shit together or they could lose the talented youngster.
For now Verstappen is at Red Bull and without a 2nd top-tier driver, Mercedes is in for a dog fight next season. Or, Mercedes continues to dominate with Lewis, finds a 2nd and history continues repeating itself.