Jeroen Krautmeir wrote:Probably been asked before, but what if Schumacher had not lied his way into the Jordan seat? As we know, Frentzen and Wendlinger had been far more impressive.
He would have gone to European F3 or F3000 while running in the WSC, but with another squad. Joins F1 in 1993 with Sauber, impresses enough and goes to McLaren, winning three straight titles between 1998 and 2000, and then another one in 2003. He finishes his career there, and comes back last year, with the results we already know.
DonTirri wrote:Here's a few What If's about Finnish Drivers. I will provide my own thoughts about them but do feel free to add your own.
What If... Keke Rosberg hadn't joined McLaren for 1986? (He admitted later it was a mistake and regretted doing it)
He probably would've fought for the title against Prost, effectively being Willams no.1and NOT retired the following year.
What If... Mika Salo hadn't been caught DUI and thus lost any chance for Superlicence in 1990?
He would've gotten an F1 drive for 1991 the latest, probably even Häkkinen's seat at Lotus, and since he WAS considered the better driver of the two back then, probably would've been the double champion instead of Häkkinen.
What If... Häkkinen hadn't crashed in Adelaide 1995?
He wouldn'tve won either of his championships. The crash made him a different driver, he became a lot more careful and focused, starting his "Iceman" routine. He was quick already but had a habit of silly mistakes and was a tad hot-headed.
What If... JJ Lehto didn't have his testing crash?
He would've picked up a few wins in 1994 and continued his career in F1 instead of going to DTM/ITC/FIAGT/CART/Lemans. Probably wouldn'tve amounted to much in the long run though.
What If... Kimi Räikkönen hadn't gotten a superlicense for 2001?
He would've spent a couple of years in the lower categories but he would have made it to F1 by 2004 the latest and most likely drafted to McLaren by 2005. He would also STILL be racing in F1 since he would not have won the 2007 title.
What If... Heikki Kovalainen had won the 2005 GP2 title?
He would've gotten into F1 already in 2006 either at Renault or at Williams, otherwise not much change, he'd still be in Lotus now.
1.- Keke wins the title in 1986, but succumbs to Mansell in 1987. Retires after 1988.
2.- He would've driven for Tyrrell in 1991 instead of Stefano Modena. In 1993 he signs as McLaren's test driver, takes up Senna's seat in 1994, and lo and behold, two/three times World Champion! He presses on until 2005.
3.- Nothing. For me, it's like What if Häkkinen hadn't had appendicitis?
4.- He would have picked up three or four podiums, but not much more. Gets replaced by Herbert for 1995 and struts his stuff around for midfield teams for some years.
5.- He would have gone to F3 and F3000, and would have probably made it to F1 by 2004 as DonTirri says, but as McLaren's test and reserve driver. Gets promoted in mid-2006 and takes the seat in 2007 alongside Alonso and fights hard with him for the championship, only without the blackmailing and Hamilton's saga. He still drives for McLaren until this day, alongside...Fernando Alonso. But no World Championships, even though he comes close in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Ferrarist wrote:Here's another What if:
What if, Fernando Alonso had some very bad luck at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2003 and died after his crash?
Renault employs Franck Montagny, while Interlagos is nowhere to be seen in F1 ever since. Trulli still manages to annoy Briatore and leaves for Toyota. Räikkönen wins in 2005 and Michael Schumacher in 2006. Montagny performs well and stays with Renault until 2009, then leaves for some midfield team.