Markelov is a quality choice, I'm glad to see him back: intelligent driver who knows how to manage tyres (in contrast to De Vries who is very quick but doesn't feel the behaviour of car / tyres that well)
On Alesi: he does deserve a second chance with a more competitive team: DAMS (Latifi) & Virtuosi (Ghiotto) both have open seats, if he ends up at Virtuosi that would mean a Ferrari Jr Vs a former Ferrari Jr
It seems like Jüri Vips is more likely to end up in Super Formula (unfortunately, wouldn't be a wise choice from Helmut Marko since there are less Super Licence points to gain there, Vips would need to end up runner-up)
At Campos I think we could see Alex Palou there (good driver imho), if Ticktum finds a F2 seat it could be at Carlin, I can also see Deletraz doing another season since he seems to have the budget, I hope Honda also keeps Matshushita another season in F2 (maybe at DAMS? he could have had his Super Lincence already had they not moved him up & down to Super Formula, I hope Jack Aitken also gets another year: he was excellent this season
Not sure if Lundgaard will end up at ART they may prefer a more experienced 1st driver (and hire Lundgaard in 2021 after he gets one year experience at a smaller team like Trident e.g.) since Mazepin's budget allows them to freely choose one: for example Callum Illot or a return of Aitken who improved at Campos
If Illot moves to ART (he drove for them in GP3) we could see Alesi moving to Sauber Jr, possibly partnered with Armstrong or they could promote one of their F3 drivers like Fabio Scherer or Lirim Zendelli (talented young driver but don't think he has the budget at all)
Lundgaard would be a fine choice though since he's very talented and drove for ART in F3, Verschoor is on a three year contract with MP and I indeed expect him to move up to F2 (especially after his Macao win)
With Pedro Piquet (Trident a logical destination), Tsunoda, Daruvala and potentially also Hughes (does he have the budget? he may end up in sports cars), Pulcini, Beckmann (maybe at HWA?) & Kari (maybe Trident or MP?) also looking to move up it will be a tough scramble for all drivers who want to compete in F2 next year to find a seat.
Boccolaci will want to be back if he finds the budget (he's quite quick as well), we could even see Ferdinand Habsburg trying to buy a ride if he doesn't stay in DTM
People have mentioned Carlin as a likely place for Tsunoda. I think DAMS is more likely (Gasly drove there) since Red Bull will probably want to measure him against a strong team mate like Sette Camara (whom I expect to stay there and challenge for the title with the likes of Markelov).
Tsunoda moving to F2 and Vips (probably) to Super Formula is explained because Honda also decides on Tsunoda's destination and not just Marko
So far we know for sure that de Vries, Latifi, Ghiotto, Gelael, Raghunathan and Hubert & Correa for obvious reasons won't be back and Markelov already took one seat at HWA so that opens up at least 6 seats for new F3 drivers to move up. Schwartzman, Armstrong, Daruvala, Tsunoda & Piquet will as good as certainly take up 5 of those 6 seats. Don't think we'll see Calderon (there are still 2 open seats at W Series) or Bosschung back either and Marino Sato didn't make an impression: that opens up 2 (to 3) more seats for potentially Pulcini and someone else. King will probably be replaced by Verschoor at MP with a driver with a large check taking the other MP seat (Sato or Habsburg could actually fill that bill)
Edited by William Hunt, 23 November 2019 - 22:50.