Convince Williams to race Wehrlein
Williams is currently on the hunt to fill the second seat alongside Lance Stroll. The shootout is between Di Resta, Kubica and Massa himself. Wehrlein was an outside contender but sponsor Martini’s “at least one 25-year-old driver” requirement has thrown away his hopes. But recently there have been some rumors that there is a way. The reserve driver can fulfil the sponsorship requirement as well. Pascal Wehrlein will be 23 this year and hence fulfils the legal age in all countries on the calendar to consume alcohol. Therefore it won’t be a roadblock in Martini’s advertisements.
So Mercedes can persuade Williams to convince Martini to relax the requirement. In return, Mercedes can offer a discount on the engines. Williams will get a capable and talented driver who has shown he can score points and has a very good experience of 2017 cars and tires.
Toro Rosso is an option
Under normal circumstances, no one would give credence this option at all. But these aren’t normal circumstances. Toro Rosso’s ace driver Carlos Sainz is off to Renault for 2018. Pierre Gasly is all set to take the Spaniard’s place. And they have Kvyat in the other seat. But rumors are that Red Bull wants to finally drop the Russian completely. Ever since his demotion, Kvyat has shown little ability to turn his speed into real results. Red Bull is probably convinced that Kvyat is a lost cause because of his crash-ridden results and dangerous driving that brought him this close to a race ban. Scoring only 4 points so far in this season compared to Sainz’s 48 shows how lost Kvyat is.
The A team not winning races as regularly as before the V6 era, owner Dietrich Mateschitz is not happy. And his ire has fallen on the sister team too. Toro Rosso has failed to be a good return on investment for Red Bull. Taking the Honda engine was perhaps motivated by such factors as well. But with only one driver scoring points and the other being a complete whitewash did not help Toro Rosso in the constructor’s race this year. What’s worse is that their ace has already moved to rival Renault and replacing him is a rookie. Red Bull have no other junior drivers as well to replace Kvyat.
So Toro Rosso would be benefitted by taking in Pascal Wehrlein as against Kvyat. Some cash injection by Mercedes akin to Sauber will be the cherry on the top.