Nick, it would be really funny if the response mentioned Kimi’s motivation not being too strong at that point, and then Kimi butts in and mentions he is taking up the option year once more…. ensuring another payoff before Vettel is brought in.
It’s a good time for Webber and Massa to retire, Massa wants to continue racing though (why not, he was only a few seconds behind Alonso at Monza, but Monza is an aero-less circuit, even Chilton was right on Bianchi’s tail). They’ve achieved all they can in the sport – those left above 30 – Raikkonen, Button and Alonso are all gunning for more championships at top teams.
F1 is, after becoming an older person’s game once the testing ban came in, now turning into a younger man’s game, as the cars continue to get easier to drive. Let’s see what happens when the 2014 rules come into effect! I wonder if a new premium will be placed on driver pace.
Sutil and Van der Garde are the wrong side of 25 and still looking to achieve – I’d put Sutil on the bubble next (Calado for 2015). But there are others, like the RB juniors or drivers with backing, who will still be interchangeable. Among all this, Hulkenberg is trying to get a top drive sometime soon. I want Sirotkin to fail to get a superlicence (unlikely) or do a Grosjean – go back to junior formulae and come back in a few years with some driver titles and finally ready for F1.