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Ryan_Holman

This will be the first Formula One race since 2006 without Lewis Hamilton.


Applesmcgrind

Insane.


irishlemon

Expect Crofty to mention this in every session this weekend.


The_man_69420360

Someone’s about to have the best time a reserve driver will ever have


KeepenItReel

Hulk P1 make it happen.


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Imagine if he drives a Mercedes and still doesn't get a podium...


WeA_

P1, lapped everyone, engine fails in final lap.


Biscuits0

Sounds about right.


ThisRiceEater

First of all, how dare you.


remarkablyyy

That’s the dream


MySilverBurrito

BY GOD THAT HULKENBERGS MUSIC


breakinb

Stoffel: Am I a joke to you?


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Ida-in

Bono, my kibbles are gone!


bougre11

Woof woof woof wooooofff. Bono : sorry for the tires, we gonna talk about it later


MySilverBurrito

Round up every single reserbe driver not named Nico Hulkenberg to make sure he gets it.


buldakov29

Just make them fight for a seat, Thunderdome style


theflabbergastguy

Gutierrez: You guys get jokes made on you?


PonchoHung

He doesn't have the SL.


DRS993

Might be a stupid question but what’s the point of him being reserve driver if he technically can’t even race the car because of SL points?


mowcow

On their website Mercedes refers to [Gutierrez](https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/team/drivers/esteban-gutierrez/) as a "Simulator and Development Driver" while on [Vandoorne's page](https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/team/drivers/stoffel-vandoorne/) it says "Reserve Driver". So I don't think it was ever their intention to use Gutierrez as a reserve driver. He does simulator work for them.


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saxophone_drop

Seriously if he is accustomed to the car and can maintain the pace then he can atleast get a podium!


Icommentoncrap

I wouldnt be suprised if he got a podium too. Finally get to answer the question that is can anyone win in a Mercedes


jianh1989

Max:


oioioiyacunt

Honestly


ivaks1

Stoffel has had an impressive junior career, he is no slouch in a proper F1 car


aaronaapje

He finished second in FE after first had become unobtainable this year. The idea that stoffel is a bad driver comes from folks who joined f1 in 2017.


notoriouspossum

I miss my Stoffelwaffle.


VDV23

Yep, I think it's rather unfair. He was in an awful car and paired with one of Formula 1's greatest and quite possibly the best in wrestling a pig of a car to positions it has business being in. I don't think he's WDC material but certainly better than his reputation in F1.


Ad0lfie

Imagine If he finished ahead of Valteri


faultytrain

I'd be worried about the other drivers too. The statement said that he woke up on Monday with mild symptoms. Wouldn't surprise me to see a positive test for either Albon or Verstappen this week.


AnotherBlackMan

Mercedes master plan


Traktor_med_henger

Ferrari masterplan, with all other drivers gone, LeClerc and Vettel to the podium!


turkeybaconwitheggs

Do we even have enough reserve drivers? I volunteer as tribute!


VDV23

F1: u/turkeybaconwitheggs withdraws from the race weekend after FP1 due to obliterating his neck in the first high-speed corner.


svenhoek86

That's really optimistic that he even gets the fucking car to not anti stall everytime he tries to start off.


Preachey

Yea that means he was contagious for basically the whole weekend. This could get awkward.


Bullshitbanana

Bahrain is all sorts of cursed huh


GrandBoobapestHotel

This would be the first race he misses since he began F1


ForsakenTarget

Luckily it doesn’t mess up his 1:1 entries to start ratio


CanyonLake88

Surely it’ll mess up some record streaks though.


budparc2

Yes, he has just equalled his 5 wins running streak and looked extremely likely to beat it


Ricoh06

Also his consecutive races with points finishes is currently the all time record.


AvovaDynasty

Would that be effected if he didn’t race?


Ricoh06

I assume 'consecutive races' would be affected, but 'consecutive entries' would not be affected.


NeedsMoreSpaceships

This is a pub quiz goldmine


gurururl

I wonder if this will end his consecutive finishes streak, consecutive points scores, consecutive race starts


FlatTyres

I believe that providing a driver doesn't get entered in the race or is taken off the entry list before qualifying, then absence shouldn't qualify as a DNS, but as withdrawal or a non-entry instead. With news this early, then I think the Sakhir Grand Prix will count as a non-entry. So I believe, if I understand correctly, that he should maintain his record providing he starts the next race he enters qualifying for without anything stopping him from accelerating when the 5 lights go out. This may be Abu Dhabi, or this may be Australia (assuming the Australian Grand Prix goes ahead next season).


That_Matt

Russell is hurriedly making the most important PowerPoint presentation he's ever made...


BBIQ-Chicken

plsToto.pptx


pippthemlgpro

plsToto\_new\_final1.pptx


DelectableJizz

plsToto_new_final1_v3.55(1)(1).pptx


I_am_a_racing_fan

He definitely has it prepared


ClementineMandarin

Anyone know if George can realistically drive for Mercedes? Are there no contract issues that would prohibit him from doing so?


formido12

I was wondering this too. I see everyone shouting Russel, and while I agree, I can't find anywhere if it is at all possible. Doesn't he have an obligation to drive his own car?


Chippiewall

Contractually speaking, yes. But if Toto wanted George to drive the Mercedes this weekend I suspect it would happen.


ConsciousBrain

He'll make Williams an offer they can't refuse.


treenaks

"I offer.. one Stoffel."


Aardbeienshake

I think Mercedes pays Williams to have Russell driving for them? So even though his contract is with Williams, if the Merc boys ask Williams to swap and give them Stoffel so that Russel can drive Lewis' car, that would go down okay. Russell definitely has some agreement with Mercedes as he is their junior, so he couldnt drive for Ferarri or Red Bull without a contract breach but I think he can for Mercedes.


trivran

Russell in the Merc, Kubica in the Williams


Thade780

I laughed way too much at this.


KingSchumi

Toto’s voicemail: *99 missed calls from Nico Hülkenberg*.


CReWpilot

Doesn't need to leave a voicemail. He's been standing in Toto's front yard for the last 20 minutes playing *'In Your Eyes'* as loud as he can on the speaker of his phone. Suzie is oddly OK with it.


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dandjcro

Hold the line, Hulk is always on time


SteveThePurpleCat

All of them playing hard to get.


poopellar

Hulk attached some sexy pics as well.


deknegt1990

\-\*You have... 99... new messages\* \-\*Playing back the last new message\* Nico: Heya Toto, just calling in to say 'hi'. Spending some quality time with the missus today, we did some nice early holiday shopping yesterday, you know to avoid any sort of crowds with the whole COVID19 thing going around. 😉 Anyways, hope you're having a good day Toto, and it was nice catching up. Don't be a stranger, mein freund.


lonestarr86

Hey Toto altes Haus, wollte nur mal reinschneien und "hi" sagen! Ich habe heute wertvolle Zeit mit meiner Frau verbracht und gestern haben wir sogar schon alle Geschenke für Weihnachten besorgt, damit wir bloß nicht in die großen Massen kommen. Du weißt schon, wegen dem ganzen Coronazeugs. \*Zwinkersmiley\* Nun denn, ich hoffe du hast 'nen schönen Tag Toto. Ruf mal wieder an, Kumpel. Tschüsseldorf!


werdernator

[Guten Morgen](https://i.imgur.com/HuusSEp.jpg)


sc_140

Black Racing Point


Stone4D

Well damn. This will probably be the most anticipated replacement driver announcement in history.


PoliticsIsCool13

Will settle the age old question finally of anyone can win in a Mercedes


Icommentoncrap

Put me in coach, I bet I can win in a Mercedes


Iceman6211

No, mom said it's my turn to drive for Mercedes!


ScientificMeth0d

Mom: We have mercedes at home already > the Mercedes at [home]( https://d2d0b2rxqzh1q5.cloudfront.net/sv/1.67/dir/791/image/791fe5a558e3d7fc894b448b51d4d2d7.jpg)


Wasntryn

Ive been slowly breaking a smile and enjoying this thread immensely. Your post Made me laugh loudly


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Lord Ragunathan, your time has come.


PoliticsIsCool13

Execute Order 44


SeldonCrisis2020

[Instructions unclear, executed a 44 point turn](https://youtu.be/O0-N777JFfc)


Bullshitbanana

On Bahrain outer? In a works Mercedes? With Ferrari nowhere in sight? We might just have the best race weekend of 2020


h_axel

In this part of the country? localized entirely within your kitchen!?! ... May I see it?


donttouchmypistachio

This is gonna be a very interesting race. No Lewis/replacement driver in possibly the most dominant car the sport has ever seen. New circuit layout. Same location that the entire sport just suffered a traumatic experience only a week before.


sandenson

Also Pietro Fittipaldi's debut.


Chief--

Toto about to wake up to 54 missed calls


Apaulo

From verstappen


Babpardy18

Everyone praying the seat goes to Nico *monkey paw curls* “Nico Rosberg returns to Formula 1 to race with Mercedes”


weaseldonkey

*Is Lewis' career over?!*


windows_10_is_broken

Tbh that would be just as much fun to see Rosberg back


sentient_salami

Has he actually been training at all since 2016?


DoTrini

He doesn‘t have a superlicense anymore.


hoopstick

Surprised they don't have some sort of champions clause like in golf


thund3ralta

*Flaming Nico has entered the chat* "I'm back bitches"


stereotypenedemek

Russel gonna be 23rd in wdc nooooo :(


renaultfan98

I'd be surprised if Fittipaldi finishes above anyone.


BlondBoy2

Inb4 Fittipaldi becomes Haas driver with most points in 2020


BradGroux

Subscribe.


danroa123

Sucks for Lewis, however can’t say I’m not excited to see someone else win for once!


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tuna1905fish

Hulk wins in the Merc and laps Bottas in the process The entirety of r/formula1 orgasms at once


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Then his engine explodes because our prayers for hamilton to have an engine failure finally worked


Retsko1

His engine is #blessed


Johnny-Dallas

Omg I laughed to this so hard.


Icommentoncrap

*sad Bottas noises*


Godot_is_here

Having already won both the driver’s and constructor’s championships, if there was any time during the season that Hamilton had to contract COVID-19, this is the ideal time. (Apart from not contracting it at all obviously) Hope that it’s not serious and that he gets well soon.


lesbian_waffle

Yeah Lewis getting lucky again \*sarcasm\*


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That was my first thought but then I remembered how much he's leading by. He could literally have missed like five races this season and still win.


adithyashankar_

So he has to settle down for 99 poles in 2020. Wishing him a speedy recovery.


razareddit

Bottas: My time has come to rule the world for 1 day.


PM_me_British_nudes

*has terrible start and finishes 5th*


princeworth12

"I'm still feeling positive and looking forward to next week." Edit: yes, I got the "positive" joke after the 6th time. I didn't make it because it's a bit overdone isn't it


PM_me_British_nudes

Dyinginside.exe


Icommentoncrap

*Engine dies on last lap after leading every single one*


Nestorow

Finger's crossed he hasn't passed it to anyone in the paddock


daliksheppy

The timing of this means it's risky. Only 2 days before a positive test he was racing and got close to Verstappen and Albon during podium celebrations at least, there's probably other minglings despite supposedly being in a bubble. Hopefully it's all fine but eesh I'm expecting at least 2 more positive tests before FP1.


zyxwl2015

And there was a looong red flag when basically the whole padlock was in close contact, including all drivers and almost all mechanics/engineers...


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zyxwl2015

Elbow bumps not hand shakes iirc, but still


EXPERT_VAN_SPAM

They were drinking the rosewater and spraying it on each other after drinking. I think that's pretty risky indeed.


abclphabet

This is why Bottas didn't want the podium this weekend. Now he has a chance!


queenlionheart

The Mercedes statement mentioned him coming in contact with someone who tested positive before Bahrain. Kinda worried it could have easily spread to at least his team


boturboegt

Not to mention other drivers. He was on the podium with max and albon Sunday.


1en5tig

Imagine if albon finally got a second podium and immediately get corona


Mogelele

If I can't stop you from getting a podium I can at least make you regret it! -Hamilton probably


BF194

Peak 2020


Icommentoncrap

Still got one more shitty month left


MySilverBurrito

Inb4 all drivers get a positive test. Reserve drivers race. Winner takes Albons seat


BehindTheBurner32

Super GT channel is about to blow up if that happens.


SuspiciousOmelet

Latifi and Russell might end up finishing 21st and 22nd in a year with 20 cars


JasonVII

Worst case scenario would be 22nd and 23rd because of Grojseans replacement


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saveth3manuals

Ugh I hate it when the races are so predictable like that.


PM_me_British_nudes

Toto [looking at phone]: - 99 missed calls from Hulkenberg - five voicemails, 50 missed calls, and four emails from Checo - Three Snapchats, five DMs, 10 picture messages, 50 voicemail messages, and a thousand missed calls from Fernando Alonso - A PowerPoint presentation from George Russell


iqbalsn

All while Max knocking at his motorhome asking if he can borrow the "formerly silver now black" Mercedes for a run this weekend


eolix

Pretty sure the whole paddock sent Toto an email, and that strange chap with an alpine hat "Ferdinand Allonzen"


ModestRacoon

r/TheRussell approves this message


tripp777

Hope he’s alright but what a final twist for this crazy season


sgtlighttree

Who will drive for Mercedes then?


kdavva74

Vandoorne or Gutierrez probably.


Mastersandwich

Gutierrez doesn't have current super license iirc, so most likely Vandoorne i think. Or Hulk


XX_KAZOOKID_XX

imagine they let Ruseel drive for 2 races. Just an idea but would be cool.


sgtlighttree

Honestly, same I really want this to happen. If Russell drives for Merc, who's gonna take his place in the Williams car though?


coconutbunch

Jack Aitken, Roy Nissany and Dan Ticktum are all reserve drivers.


FabZombie

yea no way they let him do that. they'd have to find and pay a new driver


sc_140

If Merc really wants Russell to drive for them, they could pay the salary of the reserve driver (Hulk or Vandoorne most likely) and compensation.


McJesusOurSaviour

I'm not sure they would be able to get Russell out of the car tbh.


sc_140

Williams needs money and it's not very likely that they can beat Haas in the WCC even with Russell so I don't really see them refusing a swap if Mercedes pays them a decent amount. They aren't going to let the swap happen for free obviously. You can't expect any substitute to beat Russell when thrown into the car.


A1phaBetaGamma

Hope he's feeling alright, that's what matters most. Edit: >Mercedes statement: "Lewis is now isolating in accordance with Covid-19 protocols. >"Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery."


nesquickboy

I feel like most of the big celebrities that have gotten it have been asymptotic


A1phaBetaGamma

Well I'm sure he leads a pretty healthy lifestyle, and has some of the best medical care in the world, so he should be in pretty good shape to handle the virus. You never know though...


Icommentoncrap

Jimmie Johnson had a quick bout with covid and he leads a similar lifestyle. They both are different people and I hope he recovers fast though


basetornado

Freddie Freeman, 1st baseman for the Atlanta Braves had it and it knocked him down for a while. It just affects different people differently. Which is why its so dangerous.


faultytrain

Do Albon and Verstappen need to isolate as well? Seeing as they shared the podium with and came pretty close to him only two days ago?


Tallsome

Perez knew it already.


BradGroux

Checco blew his engine on purpose, he could smell the COVID.


TheRobidog

They'll be tested as well and I don't think they'll need to isolate unless they test positive too. Isolating people with contact to a positive person happens in the rest of the world because testing isn't as easily available as for the F1 circus.


faultytrain

Don't think that's always the case. You have to isolate partly because it can take a while for the virus to properly infect you and be visible enough for a reliable test.


FinlandDude

Hülkenberg maybe? Pls


nesquickboy

Toto just called, he said he looked at my f1 2020 career and wanted me in the seat


Icommentoncrap

Damn I got a sorry wrong number when he called for me


Silverchaoz

Probally Stoffel will race for them


sgtlighttree

Imagine if he finally gets a podium... biblical scenes


jaapgrolleman

Hulk's luck? Probably engine failure


jblthehut

the only time hamilton’s car break down is when he is not driving it


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A Mercedes only answers to its master


Anders1398

Gets spun by Albon


tripp777

He’ll blow a tire on the last corner with his luck


Jorrie90

That didn't stop Hamilton so who knows


Exambolor

It'll probably be the Stoffel Waffle himself taking over.


Bullshitbanana

George booting up PowerPoint as we speak


crobofblack

Stoffel Vandoorne is back.


PhatPhlaps

As their reserve driver this is the most likely outcome, right? I'm a bit confused why people are mentioning Hulkenberg, Russell etc. Am I missing something?


RoboticChicken

- Vandoorne is their reserve driver, but he hasn't raced in F1 for 2 years. They'd most likely get better results with someone who has recent experience. - Hulkenberg is well prepared having driven ~~last year's Mercedes~~ the Racing Point in 3 races this year. - Russell is a Merc junior. They may want to give him a chance in the car to see how he compares with Bottas (to help them decide whether they should put him in Bottas' seat for 2022).


PhatPhlaps

Just seems like a bit of a kick in the teeth for Vandoorne, Gutierrez and Williams respectively. He's a Mercedes junior fair enough but William's aren't a Mercedes junior team. Guess we'll find out soon enough, don't see it myself though, as cool as it would be.


devOnFireX

*Hulkenberg liked this post* On a serious note though I hope he gets well soon


devOnFireX

Can you imagine how spicy this would be if we had a 2017/18 like title fight this year?


SpongeMuncher

He hugged and touched a lot of people after the race without a mask etc. hopefully no transmission


DirectedAcyclicGraph

They touched Martin!


atrere

All y'all talking about Hulkenberg and Stoffel but you're missing the big picture here. This is it. It's time to end the sabbatical.


Firefox72

Good guy Lewis giving his contenders a chance for a win. Also means Vettel remains the only driver with 13 race wins in a season. But seriously, hope he recovers for the last race in Abu Dhabi.


21jaaj

I know it won't happen but I'd pay through the nose to see them let Russell drive the Merc, and then put Stoffel/Gutierrez in the Williams.


KiaHavertz

Hulkenback? 🤞🏽🤞🏽


dewaam

Please please please please please please please


Icommentoncrap

I doubt it but imagine Hulk in a top tier Mercedes ride going for the win


kazizxr

Then his engine dies


MicroWin

The all-new Mercedes Party mode


manojlds

Nothing will seal his career than not getting a podium in Merc.


MySilverBurrito

Hulkenberg's arc in DTS will top Gasly's if he comes back and gets a podium


Julien_F1

What a year it is in a negative and a positive way: We've had 1 driver escaping death after a massive crash which set the car on fire. We've had 3 drivers missing races because of COVID We've had a non-Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull Racing-driver winning his first race (Gasly) We've had a non-Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull Racing-driver scoring his first pole (Stroll) We've had double race weekends on the same track We've had two new tracks and three classic returning track on the calendar We've had 4 red flags (2 in one race) We've seen a race weekend on an ice skating ring. We've had a race being canceled on Friday before the race (Australia) We've had 12 different podium finishers Hamilton broke Schumachers win record


pandas795

This track is cursed, hope he gets better soon


Noodlinnn

RUSSELL???


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PM_me_British_nudes

Waffle


ta2

A bunch of his consecutive race records are about to come to an end.


MrXam

Holy Fuck. That's bad. The championships are in the bag. So it wouldn't matter if he misses it. But he should get well soon. Stay safe out there guys. COVID isn't a joke.


creamypoop

George russell is either praying really hard, or popped his champagne


Billofrights_boris

Imagine if the fight for the WDC was still open


decs483

How many times have we had two reserve drivers in the same race


gorikun

There is only 1 driver for the job: ​ MAHAVEER RAGHUNATHAN