Getting closer to summer, rumors related to the market-drivers usually start to get more frequent, especially at Ferrari, where Kimi Raikkonen seems to be more and more far away from Maranello. The names alongside Vettel after the “Iceman” are many and all already in the Circus: from the compatriot Bottas, to Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo.
The performance of the British Grand Prix could be a thermometer in this sense, as Gian Carlo Minardi explains us, on www.minardi.it. “Right now, the Finnish of Williams, Bottas, is one of the likely candidates to take Kimi’s place at Ferrari. I honestly do not think it’s the right choice, even after Silverstone. He was always behind Massa and also in the early stages of the race, he was too compliant towards Hamilton”. The choice of the manager from Faenza would fall out of the current grid. “If there’s need to make a choice, it is better to opt for a younger driver, better if he is Italian. We have Marciello, Fuoco, Ghiotto that are doing a good job in GP3, as well as Giovinazzi in the F3 Euroseries. If this is not possible, then I would opt for Nico Hulkenberg, winner, among other things, of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I would change to create the conditions for the future. Ferrari right now can rely on a young Vettel and it will take time to return to the glories of the past. Mercedes supremacy is going to last. The whole team would then be under the leadership of a four-time World Champion, alongside to a young driver to make growing as the man of tomorrow”, Minardi says. “You have to do some bet”.