To be honest, I’m not that sure Felipe Massa would instantly have deals with Petrobras, Embratel or the plethora of Brazilian companies that have been linked to him. Felipe isn’t amazingly popular in Brazil after being Alonso’s lap boy for so long and some companies have followed other Brazilian drivers into different categories of motorsport.
The problem with Massa to Sauber is; they don’t know how good he is. He has averagely not been able to keep up with Alonso, he can be very erratic and he has started his decline, rather than to still grow as a driver. Felipe Massa might be very experienced, but so is Rubens Barrichello, so is Jarno Trulli and I guess you could even make a case for Michael Schumacher. Thing is, they’re all past their expiration date, which means Sauber would be looking at an unstable driver line up.
I think Sauber and Hulkenberg have started talking again and Sauber are going to put a lot to work to keep Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg might need the stability and knows Lotus isn’t exactly a financial safe haven as of yet either.
I think Kovalainen isn’t a better driver than either Pic or van der Garde. He might be more experienced, but let’s be real; he’s been in F1 for 6 seasons and simply didn’t impress, apart from his podium place at Fuji in his debut season. Pic was beating Glock at certain points of last season and did pretty well in feeder series. Looking at Caterham’s current GP2 year, something can be said for Giedo’s performances with that team in GP2 in 2012 as well, not to mention winning FR3.5 and winning races each year in GP2. I’m not a fan, but he has done much better than his inconsistent driving in GP2 ever let on.
I’ve said it before, if I were at Caterham and the decision was made to replace van der Garde for whatever reason, I’d try to pick up any mid-field driver who is out of a seat for next year. A team like Caterham could well do with a Gutierrez, a Di Resta, Sutil or Perez.
Edit: Ugh, just read a rumor ‘Lotus trying to get Kubica back to F1′. Guess their Physical therapist, who Kimi didn’t even go see with his back problems, can fix Kubica’s arm. Might be selling blue pills through the internet on the side.