Ok, so here’s who are the possibilities for the remaining seats, and my reasons as to why I think a certain driver will get it.
1. Fernando Alonso – Confirmed
2. Felipe Massa/Michael Schumacher/Heikki Kovalainen
Surely Ferrari can’t keep Massa now that their four main rivals (RBR, Macca, Lotus and Merc) all have two solid drivers. Michael would be an excellent fit, knows the team etc etc, only be there for one year as Vettel joins in 2014. Sorted. Plus, Alonso and Schumacher – What a team. Kovalainen as well has a chance, but I feel Michael would get the pick over him.
3. Sebastian Vettel – Confirmed
4. Mark Webber – Confirmed
5. Jenson Button – Confirmed
6. Sergio Perez – Confirmed
7. Kimi Raikkonen – Confirmed
8. Romain Grosjean/Jerome d’Ambrosio
This has to go to Romain, if it doesn’t, someone screwed up, big time.
9/10. Kamui Kobayashi/Jaime Alguersuari/Heikki Kovalainen/Esteban Gutierrez/Michael Schumacher
Ah, Sauber. The loss of Sergio is a huge blow, and they may be better off starting fresh. Alguersuari and Kovalainen would be a great team in my opinion, and could continue to deliver the podiums, and that elusive race win. Kobayashi has had his chance, and proved nothing special, while Gutierrez is nowhere near ready. Some of his races in GP2 have been shocking driving standards, but then some have been beautiful drives, very much another Maldonado, but not ready yet.
11. Lewis Hamilton – Confirmed
12. Nico Rosberg – Confirmed
14. Pastor Maldonado – Confirmed
15. Bruno Senna/Valtteri Bottas
As much as I want Senna to stay, this seat has had Bottas’ name on it since the start of this year!
16. Paul di Resta – Confirmed
17. Nico Hulkenberg – Confirmed
18/19. Daniel Ricciardo/Jean-Eric Vergne
They have to give them another year, surely?
20. Timo Glock – Confirmed
21. Charles Pic/Max Chilton
I see no reason to get rid of Pic, but then I said that with Jerome…
22/23. Heikki Kovalainen/Vitaly Petrov/Alexander Rossi/Giedo van der Garde
Oh Caterham… having lost 10th to Marussia in 2012, Heikki leaves in disgust for Ferrari or Sauber, Petrov runs out of money, and Caterham start again with Rossi and Giedo.
24. Pedro de la Rosa – Confirmed
25. Narain Karthikeyan/Dani Clos/Ma Qing Hua
Gunna be the one with the most dosh. Easy.