What would be the 2019 F1 season be like for McLaren? McLaren already seems to be in negotiations with Daniel Ricciardo whose contract with Red Bull comes to an end towards the end of the year. Their driver Fernando Alonso had said that he will only decide on his F1 future after the summer break. But what if Fernando Alonso was to leave McLaren?
Would Kimi Raikkonen be seen returning to McLaren?
If Fernando Alonso leaves, McLaren may retain Stoffel Vandoorne. McLaren is a team which has always liked to place a bet on experience. So if Fernando Alonso leaves then they might go for Kimi Raikkonen whose contract with Ferrari ends soon.
Kimi Raikkonen has driven for McLaren for five consecutive years between 2002 and 2006 and is amply experienced. Kimi Raikkonen finished third at the French Grand Prix and proved that he is still not over yet even though he turns 39 in October.
Would Stoffel Vandoorne stay?
So while considering a scenario where Fernando Alonso bids farewell to McLaren, McLaren can choose to blend the experience of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. They can also bet on Lando Norris at the cost of Stoffel Vandoorne as per certain speculations.
McLaren had a pathetic outing at the French Grand Prix on Sunday. They would want to get over their woes soon and return strongly at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Then it would be interesting to see how they prepare for the 2019 F1 season. Will Ricciardo and Raikkonen be driving for McLaren in 2019?