It’s a bit sad for the current crop of GP2 drivers that no-one deserves a drive, because all the competitors are supposedly mediocre. There could be a little bit of truth in that, but I find it too easy to write off the entire GP2 field as weak. It’s not as if the drivers who stayed and performed well (occasionally) in recent years (Van der Garde, Ericsson, Leimer) suddenly dominated the ‘weaklings’. I think Valsecchi drove a strong and intelligent season, and is no less deserving of a drive in F1 than some of the drivers in F1 today. Of course, he hasn’t shown himself to be that good to be snapped up by McLaren, Ferrari or Red Bull, so he will need to find some backing, which may not be that easy in Italy at the moment.
As for vacancies, I was surprised last winter by the number of last-minute driver changes, so perhaps we’ll see a few seats opening up again this year, too. Perhaps Glock will finally decide he has enough of running at the back and return to the US to drive Indycars. I’m not even sure Raikkonen will be driving in F1 next season. I haven’t seen him smile all year, and the last he labelled boring, just because he couldn’t find a way past a Mercedes. He’s also recently remarked that he’s not desperate to be in F1, and I’m sure his love for travelling hasn’t suddenly blossomed.