Nico Rosberg has suggested his former team Mercedes to consider Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso for the 2018 F1 season.
2018 will be a crucial year for the driver market as several A-list drivers, including Vettel and Alonso, go out of contract. Mercedes themselves will have a vacancy, having signed Valtteri Bottas on a one-year deal.
Rosberg, who started the chain reaction by retiring at the end of last year, believes it will be a no-brainer for Mercedes to evaluate the two world champions and possibly include one of them in their driver line-up.
"It would definitely make sense for Sebastian to have a look at that Mercedes seat for 2018 and for Mercedes to have a look at him and consider him for 2018," Rosberg said at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
"That's obvious, he's one of the best drivers out there and he doesn't have a contract for 2018, so they should explore the possibility.
"Who knows? Let's see what happens but it could be a good fit."
"Of course Alonso, they need to keep him in mind,” he continued. “Even though he's not the youngest out there anymore, he's still driving at his best – at least it looks like it from what we've seen – so he should be considered as well and I'm sure they will."
Rach F1.com says
Mercedes will be cautious of pairing a world championship with incumbent Lewis Hamilton, given how hard it found to contain the intra-team rivalry between Rosberg and Hamilton.
With Bottas, Mercedes have a no-nonsense driver who can deliver results on a consistent basis. With the Finn on board and Hamilton driving at his supreme best, Mercedes can be reasonably assured of securing the constructors crown - assuming, of course, it remains the benchmark team in F1.
Hence, the chances of Bottas getting a contract extension is very high. However, the problem will start when Bottas starts to beat Hamilton fair and square.
Another point to consider is that Hamilton’s own contract expires at the end of 2018 season.
by Rachit Thukral