Silly Season 2012
22nd November 2011, 11:12 at 11:12 am #173056
Red Bull Renault F1 Team
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Mark Webber
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Jenson Button
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Felipe Massa
Mercedes GP Petronas
7. Michael Schumacher
8. Nico Rosberg
Lotus Renault GP
9. Vitaly Petrov
10. Romain Grosjean
Sahara Force India
11. Paul Di Resta
12. Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber F1 Team
14. Kamui Kobayashi
15. Sergio Perez
Scuderia Toro Rosso
16. Sebastien Buemi
17. Jaime Alguersuari
18. Kimi Raikkonen
19. Pastor Maldonado
20. Heikki Kovalainen
21. Adrian Sutil
22. Pedro de la Rosa
23. Jerome D’Ambrosio
24. Timo Glock
25. Charles Pic
– Renault decide to buy Red Bull Racing making Red Bull now the sponsor of the new Renault F1 factory team.
– Caterham buy Trulli’s contract, and Sutil replaces him.
– D’Ambrosio goes to HRT after being dropped by Virgin/Marussia22nd November 2011, 21:31 at 9:31 pm #173057
11. di Resta
23. de la Rosa
Sutil moves into the DTM with a Mercedes team; earns a senior Mercedes test role.
Barrichello is ousted in favour of Finnish talent Valtteri Bottas when the Kimi Raïkkönen deal does not materialize (this has been reported through an Italian source). Barrichello moves into Stock Car Brasil.
Jerome d’Ambrosio loses his seat to Pic; becomes a Renault test driver alongside Charouz and Korjus.
Grosjean replaces Senna, who becomes a McLaren test driver in place of de la Rosa.
Ricciardo and Vergne are promoted to STR seats at the expense of Alguersuari and Buemi, who become GT or Indy drivers.
Pic and Hülknenberg join the grid, respectively replacing d’Ambrosio and Sutil.27th November 2011, 21:18 at 9:18 pm #173058
D’Ambrosio out. Pic in.28th November 2011, 19:12 at 7:12 pm #173059
Seeing a lot more on Twitter about Raikkonen to LRGP right now. James Allen says “Sources telling me F1 fans should keep your eyes on Twitter and websites this evening for Kimi Raikkonen news….”28th November 2011, 21:24 at 9:24 pm #173060
Currently there’s Kimi madness on twitter.28th November 2011, 21:38 at 9:38 pm #173061
Apparently rumour has it he’s carrying Nokia sponsorship.29th November 2011, 2:39 at 2:39 am #173062
Bah. Stupid rumours.29th November 2011, 4:00 at 4:00 am #173063
I think what James Allen meant to say was “sources telling me F1 fans should keep your eyes on Twitter and websites this evening to see more overhyped Kimi Räikkönen rumors.”
I hope it’s settled sooner than later so we don’t have to hear a whole winter of unfounded rumors. Props to Marussia for making their announcement nice and quick. Wonder if HRT will pick a second driver in time for testing.29th November 2011, 4:01 at 4:01 am #173064
Apparently rumour has it he’s carrying Nokia sponsorship.
@portugoose – These rumours have come up before, back when Raikkonen was first rumoured to be talking to Williams. Nokia have already said they’re not interested in Formula 1. The aforementioined Twitter madness is just people re-posting what someone else has said. I find it very suspicious that Raikkonen spends months in negotiations with Williams, but then sings with Renault in a matter of days of the Williams talks falling apart, and all with the backing of a sponsor who has given a blanket “no” response to entering Formula 1. I’d say it’s probably just Raikkonen’s fans trying to convince themselves and the world that Raikkonen will race in 2012 now that Williams have given up on him.29th November 2011, 8:44 at 8:44 am #173065
And Kimmi slots into Lotus Renault…
What has me interested still is Rubinho’s spot at Williams. I think with the departure of Sam Michaels and Patrick Head from the side, there will be “change” afoot at Williams. I think they’ll change it up and try something different. So seeing as their previous strategy is to have 1 experienced and 1 debutant, I think that Rubens will not be asked back next year if they want to shake it up…
It all depends on the direction Williams takes for next year… But still hanging out to see what happens.29th November 2011, 22:31 at 10:31 pm #173066
Of the seats yet to be decided, here is who I think will get them, and then who I think deserves to be there.
Lotus: Grosjean, he deserves a chance alongside Kimi.
Force India: Di Resta and Hulkenberg, though it’s stupid to get rid of Sutil.
Toro Rosso: Alguesari and Buemi should stay. I think they will.
Williams: Sutil and Maldonado. Maldonado should get the boot, Sutil should join Barrichello, it would be a strong lineup.
Caterham: Kovaleinen and Vergne. I’d keep Trulli for consistency and experience, but RedBull dollars are so powerful.
HRT: De la Rosa and Riccardio. De la Rosa will give HRT experience and guidance, not as dumb a move as many would think. Riccardio will stay, be okay, not as strong as Liuzzi would be.
Marussia: Pic is confirmed to be there alongside Glock. They should pick up Petrov instead, provided LRGP give him the boot. A experienced Russian driver in a “Russian” team would be a boon to an organization who’s only meaningful achievement is being able to hold onto Glock’s talent and mostly waste it.30th November 2011, 5:13 at 5:13 am #173067
10. Senna (Embratel $$)
11. di resta
22. De La Rosa
23. Bottas (williams gearbox connection?)
could happen?…30th November 2011, 5:15 at 5:15 am #173068
Possibly see one of the renault lineup in a williams as part of the new Renault deal? Maybe Grojean in there?30th November 2011, 5:24 at 5:24 am #173069
@mike-e – it’s long been suspected that Renault might “encourage” a customer team to take a Renault-backed driver (with Caterham being the popular choice), but the problem with that theory is that Renault no longer have any factory involvement in any of the teams. They just provide them with engines. Even though Eric Boullier is team principal of “Renault”, they haven’t actually been Renault for two years, and nobody in Renault proper has any direct connection to the likes of Grosjean.30th November 2011, 18:39 at 6:39 pm #173070
Official FIA Entry list, quite a few spots still available…
Interesting to note, HRT haven’t named DelaRosa nor have they named an engine supplier.
I’m guessing it’s HRT laziness and disorganization rather than any true indicator of their
2012 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List
RED BULL RACING
1 Sebastian VETTEL (DEU)
2 Mark WEBBER (AUS)
VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES (GBR)
3 Jenson BUTTON (GBR)
4 Lewis HAMILTON (GBR)
5 Fernando ALONSO (ESP)
6 Felipe MASSA (BRA)
MERCEDES GP PETRONAS F1 TEAM (DEU)
7 Michael SCHUMACHER (DEU)
8 Nico ROSBERG (DEU)
LOTUS F1 TEAM
9 Kimi RAIKKONEN (FIN)
SAHARA FORCE INDIA
SAUBER F1 TEAM
14 Kamui KOBAYASHI (JPN)
15 Sergio PEREZ MENDOZA (MEX)
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO
CATERHAM F1 TEAM
20 Heikki KOVALAINEN (FIN)
21 Jarno TRULLI (ITA)
HRT F1 TEAM
23 TBA HRT/TBA
MARUSSIA F1 TEAM
24 Timo GLOCK (DEU)
25 Charles PIC (FRA)
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