As the European season is underway and seats for 2019 are starting to be talked about, we look into the drivers that need to improve their game if they want to be on the grid next year.
One driver who is immediately under pressure is Haas’ Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman lies 19th in the standings on 0 points. Only Williams’ Rookie Sergey Sirotkin has not scored a point this year and after his crash in Spain and his teammate yet again scoring strong points, Grosjean needs to improve if he wants to drive for Haas next season.
Stoffel Vandoorne is one of McLaren’s latest in their young driver recruitment which has included drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen in the past and more recently Lando Norris. 2017 was Vandoorne’s rookie year and he did a good job scoring only 5 points less than Fernando Alonso. However, this year, he is the only driver to be out-qualified to his teammate in every race so far and has only scored 8 points compared to Alonso’s 32. It is very hard to judge a young driver to Fernando Alonso but if he is constantly losing to Alonso and Lando Norris continues his impressive form in F2, then there might be a change at McLaren.
Kimi Raikkonen did have a strong start to the year and has showed signs of promise but when Kimi needs to deliver, he seems never to capitalise on that opportunity. A recent example being qualifying in Baku where he should have taken pole. However, a lot of the time it never seems to be Kimi’s fault. He had 2 mechanical issues over the weekend which resulted in 0 points in Barcelona and bad luck in Australia and Bahrain meant he lost more points in the championship race. Despite this, F1 is a tough sport and it would not surprise me if Sebastian Vettel has a new teammate for 2019 whether that is Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc or someone else…
Let us know in the comments on whether you agree with these picks and if there are some other drivers who should be under pressure.