So, Massa gets another year with Ferrari. Probably due to reasonable results the past couple races and Alonso saying he thinks Massa "is the best choice - he knows Ferrari." Alonso also knows he can beat Massa 99% of the time. And, Hulkenberg keeps his seat with Sauber but the second driver is still to be determined. More than likely big dollar sponsorship tagged to a driver will be the deciding factor.
For the 'also ran' teams (and I don't mean that as a derogatory statement), drivers bringing personal sponsorship money to the team is key; well, you still have to perform no matter how much money is backing you. Hmmm, sounds like a certain driver in NASCAR without that requirement to perform.
So. Is there a chance for Alguersuari, Buemi or Kobayashi (the latter having a barrel full of dollars) getting a seat? Man, who the heck knows, I just hope CBS can put (or recruit from SPEED) some decent commentators that have a clue.
And for NASCAR? I don't have a clue for next season. Everyone is "all over" the CHASE; and well they should be. I think this year is going to be a real, "shoot out." I'm in no position to pick the winner, but I would love to see Brad get it done (not so much for him) but for Penske - the "Captain" - and for Dodge. How fitting.
Oh, my. The new NASCAR Cup qualifying rule shakeup: How big is that? I'm tossing a ton of different scenarios in my mind. What effect will it really have? And what teams and drivers will suffer most from the new rule (the fast have no fear)? Basically it means the 'free' ride is over - you need to get it done or put it in the hauler. It's possible that Tony Stewart's current #10 could have a problem next year. How does GoDaddy.com handle that?
And, all that is fine with me. I believe the fastest 43, no matter what, deserve a starting spot. You get it in or you go home. Period. Well, I'll have to think a bit more about the 'past' Champion thing.