“Bikes, Showdowns, and has Sebastian Vettel given up?”
Hey folks, welcome back to #AskDre! In this week’s edition, I tackle more on Sochi, look forward to Austin in 2 and a half weeks time, for the first time, talk about the British Superbike Championship, and a couple of questions regarding Marc Marquez’s Legacy in MotoGP after winning his 4th World Championship. Let’s go into some Ask Dre!
“Who did you think will get the other Toro Rosso seat?” – Owen Quenby
Good question. I mean, if you’re looking at it purely from a talent perspective, then Carlos Sainz Jr. from Formula Renault 3.5 has to be top candidate, especially if he ends up winning the Championship there. And considering Red Bull like them young, you’re essentially replacing one 20-year old in Danill Kyvat, with another. If you want a long shot, if McLaren let Kevin Magnussen go, keep an eye on that, Toro Rosso were always interested in him…
“I have just started two weeks of exams, any advice? want to do them for me?” – Nathan Green
Dude, I’m 22, been there, done that, got the T-Shirt, the LAST thing I wanna do is MORE exams!
“Motorsport question now, with Seb starting from the pit lane in Austin, is this a sign that he has sort of written off the season and wants to get to Ferrari as soon as he can?” – Nathan Green
Nah, I don’t think there’s anything personal there. Seb’s been supported by Red Bull since he was 12 years old, and 15 years later, he’s still incredibly grateful for that. He wouldn’t just throw in the towel because he’s leaving. Seb’s a classy customer and will see it out to the best of his ability.
I think the issue here, is that Sebastian’s going to use his 6th set of engine parts this weekend, and take a 10-place grid drop. Obviously, they’re gonna take it one step further and not even bother qualifying to start in the pit lane, so they can ignore Parc Ferme, set the car up how they want, and save engine mileage, because they have to make this 6th one last from now until the end of the season.
What COULD get ugly, is Red Bull not letting Sebastian test for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi as his contract lasts 3 days beyond the final test there…