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#1 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 08:08

As we have one for F1, I thought we should have one for the series one lower from it as it's nearing its climax. Here's some of my predictions for next year:

 

Leaving

 

Lando Norris departs for F1 with (hopefully) Russell joining him there.

Alex Albon, Antonio Fuoco, Nicholas Latifi, Artem Markelov, Sean Gelael and Luca Ghiotto move on to new pastures.

Nyck de Vries leaves to join Audi in DTM/Formula E.

Max Gunther splits to race with Dragon in Formula E.

 

Joining

 

Prema field an all new line-up of Ferrari juniors Callum Ilott and Marcus Armstrong.

Carlin retain Camara and reunite with their British F3 racer Enaam Ahmed (if he has the funding) to replace the outgoing Norris.

Dan Ticktum steps up to F2 with Arden.

If they don't withdraw following Markelov's departure, Russian Time field an all new line-up of Nikita Mazepin and Euro F3 graduate Juri Vips.

Charouz and Deletraz reunite for a second season with (courtesy of connections with US Racing in ADAC F4) Mick Schumacher joining.

Campos bring GP3 racer Leonardo Pulcini to replace Ghiotto.

Dorian Boccolacci and Alessio Lorandi join MP and Trident respectively for their first full F2 seasons.

Trident also hire Ferrari junior and Euro F3 graduate Guanyu Zhou as their second driver. 

Anthoine Hubert moves to ART's F2 division.

 

Switching teams

 

Arjun Maini and Jack Aitken switch from Trident and ART to DAMS for their second F2 season. 

Nirei Fukuzumi switches to his old ART team.

 

Not sure who gets the final seats.



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#2 Jthorn97

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 08:58

Linus Lundqvist anyone? Pretty much dominating in British Formula 3 in his rookie season. 



#3 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 10:50

Linus Lundqvist anyone? Pretty much dominating in British Formula 3 in his rookie season.

From his Instagram feed, I think he might be going to be competing in Porsche Super Cup.

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 12:50

I think it could be:

 

Carlin: Sergio Sette Câmara - Jehan Daruvala

ART: Anthoine Hubert - Nikita Mazepin

DAMS: Alex Albon - Nicholas Latifi

Prema: Mick Schumacher - Marcus Armstrong

Charouz: Guanyou Zhou - Giuliano Alesi

Campos: Alex Palou - Ralf Aron

MP: Dorian Boccolacci - Sean Gelael

Arden: Nirei Fukuzumi - Dan Ticktum

Trident: Leonardo Pulcini - Pedro Piquet

Fortec: Jüri Vips - Arjun Maini

 

Some explanations:

- I am pretty sure Mick Schumacher will be promoted to Formula 2 within the Prema squad.

- Charouz is close to Ferrari Junior drivers, that's why I think we'll see Guanyou Zhou and Giuliano Alesi there

- Dan Ticktum could also go to Super Formula

- I highly doubt we'll see Russian Time again (they wanted to withdraw already before that season) - so I think Fortec will take over that slot (they wanted to enter already this season).
 



#5 HistoryFan

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 12:50

Linus Lundqvist anyone? Pretty much dominating in British Formula 3 in his rookie season. 

 

He is too young. Formula 3 Inernational next season is most likely.

 



#6 Myrvold

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 12:54

He is too young. Formula 3 Inernational next season is most likely.


Too young? He is 19.

#7 noikeee

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 13:12

Age might not be a problem, I think these days going from Brit F3 to F2 is too big a step though.



#8 William Hunt

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 13:54

- I highly doubt we'll see Russian Time again (they wanted to withdraw already before that season) - so I think Fortec will take over that slot (they wanted to enter already this season).
 

 

I think Russian time will stay another year (possibly with Nikita Mazepin), Fortec was already supposed to be in F2 (regardless of Russian Time stopping or not) next year, they had postponed their entry a year



#9 HistoryFan

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 12:48

Age might not be a problem, I think these days going from Brit F3 to F2 is too big a step though.

 

Yes, that's what I mean.

 



#10 HistoryFan

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 12:49

I think Russian time will stay another year (possibly with Nikita Mazepin), Fortec was already supposed to be in F2 (regardless of Russian Time stopping or not) next year, they had postponed their entry a year

 

Russian Time is owned by Markelov's father, so I don't think they will be in another year.

 



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Posted 28 August 2018 - 14:55

From his Instagram feed, I think he might be going to be competing in Porsche Super Cup.

What a waste of talent that would be, just like Joel Eriksson in DTM



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 10:49

Albon could go F1 with Torro Rosso, he's ex Red Bull and being half Thai is a good link into the other partner in Red Bull

 

Also Markelov and his dad must be trying to get him into F1, Williams maybe?

 

Ticktum Super Formula so he can do Sim work over F1 weekends back at Red Bull base



#13 midgrid

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 16:51

Markelov confirms that it's Williams F1 or bust for next season.



#14 messy

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 17:17

Markelov to Williams and Albon to Toro Rosso both seem likely developments to me.

It's Russell and Norris who REALLY should be getting the F1 seats, though.

#15 HistoryFan

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 12:24

Markelov to Williams and Albon to Toro Rosso both seem likely developments to me.
 

 

Albon won't go to Toro Rosso, Kvyat is likely to return to Toro Rosso.
 



#16 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 08:54

Update to F2 silly season predictions (barring any changes):

 

Arden

 

Ralph Boschung and Pedro Piquet

 

ART GP

 

Anthonie Hubert and Nirei Fukuzumi

 

Campos

 

Leonardo Pulcini and  :confused:

 

Carlin

 

Enaam Ahmed and Sergio Sette Camara

 

Charouz

 

Louis Deletraz and Mick Schumacher

 

DAMS

 

Jack Aitken and Arjun Maini

 

MP Motorsport

 

Dorian Boccolacci and  :confused:  

 

Prema Racing

 

Marcus Armstrong and Callum Ilott

 

Russian Time

 

Nikita Mazepin and Juri Vips

 

Trident

 

Alessio Lorandi and Guanyu Zhou

 

Making these predictions is harder than it looks.



#17 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 18:43

As he's off to F1 next year, it's time to start predicting who gets the Carlin seat Norris has vacated. As stated above, I'm betting on Enaam Ahmed (if he has the funding).

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 19:00

As he's off to F1 next year, it's time to start predicting who gets the Carlin seat Norris has vacated. As stated above, I'm betting on Enaam Ahmed (if he has the funding).

 

Im sure he shouldnt have issues, his dad was the founder of Joe Bloggs clothing brand.



#19 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 05:48

Mick Schumacher eyeing up F2 and DTM for 2019:

https://m.wheels24.c...r-2019-20180906

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#20 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 12:19

Better update my predictions to include a Boccolacci-Kari full-time line-up at MP. Barring any further developments, the rest remain unchanged.

#21 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 16:32

Honda wants Fukuzumi and Makino to continue in F2 in 2019:

https://www.motorspo...t-year/3183894/

#22 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 15:55

Okay, here are some F2 prediction updates:

 

Arden - Nirei Fukuzumi and Tadasuke Makino

ART Grand Prix - Anthonie Hubert and Nikita Mazepin

Campos - Leonardo Pulcini and Pedro Piquet

Carlin - Enaam Ahmed and Sergio Sette Camara

Charouz - Callum Ilott and Mick Schumacher

DAMS - Jack Aitken and Arjun Maini

MP - Dorian Boccolacci and Niko Kari

Prema Racing - Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman 

Trident - Alessio Lorandi and Guanyu Zhou

 

And some other teams to replace Russian Time and others if needs be with seats for:

 

Ralf Aron

Louis Deletraz

Juri Vips



#23 HistoryFan

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 14:50

There are rumours about HWA replacing Russian Time.



#24 OnAllCylinders

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 11:29

Nobuharu Matsushita is pushing Honda to grant him a return to F2:

 

https://www.motorspo...return/3207029/



#25 HistoryFan

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 13:47

No need to bring him back – don't think that's gonna happen.



#26 Sterzo

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 17:42

Im sure he shouldnt have issues, his dad was the founder of Joe Bloggs clothing brand.

Bit of a delayed response, I know, but Enaam Ahmed may not have access to a bottomless pit of money. Last season he didn't think he'd be able to afford European F3, although as we know he did in the end. This article suggests limits to his family's wealth:

https://realclobber....-of-joe-bloggs/



#27 HistoryFan

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 15:21

Thomas Laurent (WEC now) is testing for Arden in Abu Dhabi.



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Posted 25 November 2018 - 11:39

there are some rumors that Nyck de Vries will transfer to ART...



#29 HistoryFan

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 18:46

another F2 season? Hmm...



#30 SenorSjon

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 20:35

He will be stuck there forever.



#31 midgrid

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:10

Nobuharu Matsushita is pushing Honda to grant him a return to F2:

https://www.motorspo...return/3207029/

And he's returning with Carlin.

Meanwhile, Fukuzumi and Makino head in the other direction, to Super Formula.

Perhaps if Honda shuffle their junior drivers sufficient times, one of them will eventually obtain enough Super Licence points for F1.

Edited by midgrid, 26 November 2018 - 10:10.


#32 HistoryFan

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:25

First driver confirmed:

 

Carlin: Nobuharu Matshushita – Louis Delétraz

ART: Nyck de Vries - Nikita Mazepin

DAMS: Anthoine Hubert - Nicholas Latifi

Prema: Mick Schumacher - Marcus Armstrong

Charouz: Guanyou Zhou - Giuliano Alesi

Campos: Alex Palou - Ralf Aron

MP: Dorian Boccolacci - Sean Gelael

Arden: Thomas Laurent - Dan Ticktum

Trident: Leonardo Pulcini - Pedro Piquet

HWA: Jüri Vips - Arjun Maini



#33 statman

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:29

Isn't Ticktum off to Japan to do Super Formula?



#34 NorwegianRudo

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 16:05

First driver confirmed:

 

Carlin: Nobuharu Matshushita – Louis Delétraz

ART: Nyck de Vries - Nikita Mazepin

DAMS: Anthoine Hubert - Nicholas Latifi

Prema: Mick Schumacher - Marcus Armstrong

Charouz: Guanyou Zhou - Giuliano Alesi

Campos: Alex Palou - Ralf Aron

MP: Dorian Boccolacci - Sean Gelael

Arden: Thomas Laurent - Dan Ticktum

Trident: Leonardo Pulcini - Pedro Piquet

HWA: Jüri Vips - Arjun Maini

 

I can't see HWA (basically Mercedes) with a Red Bull junior and a no-hoper. Of course they will be trying to get Mick, but even if they're unsuccessful and don't have any of their own juniors ready, I don't see them taking other teams juniors. 



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 06:39

SetteCamara will do post-season test with DAMS and probably share the team with Latifi next year.

Edited by efuloni, 27 November 2018 - 06:39.


#36 HistoryFan

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 06:50

Again Latifi...

Would be bis 4th season with DAMS...


Edited by HistoryFan, 27 November 2018 - 06:50.


#37 statman

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 09:15

Tatiana Calderon will do post season testing with Charouz. Not sure if she's going to make the leap to F2 but that Sauber connection might help her.



#38 Bleu

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 09:45

Mazepin confirmed at ART:
 

http://www.fiaformul...ART-Grand-Prix/



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:44

Mick confirmed @Prema.
https://mailchi.mp/p...th-prema-racing

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:47

So for F1 2019 we got 6 new drivers, including 2 comebacks. That's quite a lot, I doubt we are going to get that much of a turnaround into 2020.

 

However, interesting to see, who will be the main contenders in F2 in 2019, who could graduate into F1 the year after. The whole top 3 from 2018 has moved on, so obviously we are going to get a new group of top contenders.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:54

So for F1 2019 we got 6 new drivers, including 2 comebacks. That's quite a lot, I doubt we are going to get that much of a turnaround into 2020.

 

However, interesting to see, who will be the main contenders in F2 in 2019, who could graduate into F1 the year after. The whole top 3 from 2018 has moved on, so obviously we are going to get a new group of top contenders.

 

Markelov would probaby be #4 and he's gone as well.

 

Of the returnees, the top contenders would probably be de Vries and Sette Camara. De Vries at least improved, if not quite fixed, his tyre woes towards the end of the year.


Edited by NorwegianRudo, 27 November 2018 - 12:56.


#42 messy

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 13:00

Interesting to see where Markelov goes now. I've always really championed him but after finishing P2 to Leclerc in '17, this season really didn't cut it. 



#43 Juanto

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 13:03

How good is Mick´s new team, Prema?



#44 Jackman

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 13:07

Quite similar to his old team, Prema.



#45 NorwegianRudo

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 13:08

How good is Mick´s new team, Prema?

 

They were easily the top team in 2017. In 2018 there were new cars and they really didn't have any top drivers. One was Sean Geleal (enough said), and the other was Nyck de Vries who was fast but couldn't make the tires last. 

 

Most likely they're still the top team, but no guarantees.


Edited by NorwegianRudo, 27 November 2018 - 13:08.


#46 thegamer23

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 13:25

Super curious to see Mick in F2, it will be a crucial season for him!  :up: 

Good luck kid, keep your head down & push  :clap:


Edited by thegamer23, 27 November 2018 - 13:26.


#47 HistoryFan

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 21:06

Carlin: Nobuharu Matshushita – Louis Delétraz

ART: Nyck de Vries - Nikita Mazepin

DAMS: Sergio Sette Câmara - Nicholas Latifi

Virtuosi: Luca Ghiotto - Guanyu Zhou

Prema: Mick Schumacher - Sean Gelael

Charouz: Tatiana Calderón - Juan Michael Correra

Campos: Alex Palou - Leonardo Pulcini

MP: Dorian Boccolacci - Anthoine Hubert

Arden: Thomas Laurent - Dan Ticktum

Trident: Ryan Tveter - Pedro Piquet



#48 Dolph

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 21:17

Super curious to see Mick in F2, it will be a crucial season for him!  :up: 

 

no it wont. Just like his first F3 season was not crucial. Many drivers graduate to F1 after 2-3 seasons in F2. Certainly a chap with last name Schumacher could do it if he is any kinds of decent.


Edited by Dolph, 27 November 2018 - 21:17.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 07:26

Carlin: Nobuharu Matshushita – Louis Delétraz

ART: Nyck de Vries - Nikita Mazepin

DAMS: Sergio Sette Câmara - Nicholas Latifi

Virtuosi: Luca Ghiotto - Guanyu Zhou

Prema: Mick Schumacher - Sean Gelael

Charouz: Tatiana Calderón - Juan Michael Correra

Campos: Alex Palou - Leonardo Pulcini

MP: Dorian Boccolacci - Anthoine Hubert

Arden: Thomas Laurent - Dan Ticktum

Trident: Ryan Tveter - Pedro Piquet

This years GP3 winner should be able to get a better seat 



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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:58

de Vries confirmed at ART