Some interesting ideas in this thread. Lulz for the ‘dream team’ of Maldonado/Grosjean!
Hulkenberg is the next DWC talent in waiting, IMO, so would have to be a candidate, but only for a salary paid drive. Same with Kovalainen (good shout, driven for Enstone before), Alguersuari (said he was offered a seat for 2012) and di Resta (would have to split from Merc power). Valsecchi might not have enough backing/F1 seat time, same with Frijns/Vandoorne/Magnussen (though I think they deserve an F1 shot, maybe with less pressure), while Kobayashi might have fallen from F1 favour after a year despite huge internet backing (in Japan, literally millions). Didn’t know Juncadella had backing, he deserves a YDT shot at least, although it now looks less likely. A Toro Rosso rejected youngster could do well too (Ricciardo in this scenario), while D’Ambrosio has been forgotten it seems, along with Wickens and other DTM drivers. I could’ve seen Calado being a wildcard pick before this year’s GP2 non-dominance.
I think Ferrari’s long term goal is two of Hulk, Bianchi and Marciello, with the latter two on the books currently and Hulk if they can get him, while Massa could be a risky bet if he and Grosjean don’t pick up the points Lotus need to stay top 4 of 5. A tricky one, but Kovalainen is proven and Kobayashi brings cash and experience, if something to replace Grosjean’s sparkle. But I think they might pluck Alguersuari out of obscurity if they really did offer him a ride before Kimi, and he could do well once he gets going with his Pirelli testing experience.
> Kovalainen – Grosjean, or a slightly riskier Grosjean – Alguersuari combo.