F1 silly season to race ahead at in Japan says Red Bull
Oct.6 - The engines of Formula 1's 'silly season' will continue to rev this weekend at Suzuka.
"First of all, Gasly's position must be clarified," Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko told the Austrian broadcaster ORF. "Only then will it be decided who will come to AlphaTauri," he added. "It should not be a downside solution for us. That means that the replacement will have to be a fast and high-profile driver."
When asked when the uncertainty will be made clearer, Marko said "discussions" are currently "taking place. We hope to have a clearer picture by the weekend. I presume that it will be decided by Suzuka. Then we can say what will happen."
At the same time, talks between Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes are now reaching an "advanced stage" about a third driver role for the experienced McLaren refugee, according to French broadcaster Canal Plus.
"I still don't think he's sure," he said when asked about fellow Australian Ricciardo's next move.
"A Merc reserve driver role? Who knows how long Lewis (Hamilton) is going to go on for. "Merc is a pretty handy operation, so it's something he might consider."
"According to our information, there were initial talks with those responsible for the Haas team in Singapore about a possible contract extension," Sky Deutschland claims ahead of the Japanese GP weekend.
Team boss Gunther Steiner had said in Singapore: "Mick is still on the list because otherwise we would have already made a decision.
"I don't know when we'll decide. We don't have a deadline," he revealed. "We'll make the decision when we're ready."
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