Or musical Formula 1 chairs
While I am completely in favour of whoever Mercedes pick, as long as it’s Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg or Pascal Wehrlein, this is my plan on what to do with the second Mercedes seat.
I came up with this when I realised that there were 20 races per season and 20 other non-Hamilton drivers.
You might have guessed where this is going.
The other drivers draw a number from a hat, from 1 to 20. Each race is numbered 1 to 20. The driver with that number gets the second Mercedes seat for that race.
While I am aware of all kind of problems with that, not least of all practise time and getting race seats fitted, think of all the fun arguments it would settle. For instance, Hamilton vs Vettel in the same car. Think also of the fun arguments it would start. For instance “no fair, driver X only had the seat at race Y which gave him no chance,” or “just typical, Z was in the Mercedes the time it failed.” It would mean we could actually compare say Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen, or argue that the two races they were in were too different to compare.
So, what’s in it for the other teams?
Well, as well as driver two’s points counting for Mercedes, they count for their home team too. Which means that the fight between the teams at the back might get a bit closer, and a bit more interesting (sorry to the Manor fans I know).
The smaller teams might be able to wring more money out of their pay drivers which should help their development for 2018.
What’s in it for Mercedes?
Very little, other than my eternal gratitude. But they’d also be able to show how good their car was if they won the constructor’s title despite this nonsense.
I know it’s never going to happen, but wouldn’t it be fun.