Daily Archives: October 31, 2012

Ricciardo and Vergne to stay at Toro Rosso for 2013

Both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne have been confirmed to stay at the Toro Rosso team until the end of the 2013 season.

Ricciardo has recently impressed with 3 points-scoring positions in a row, while Vergne has a 3-point lead over his teammate. The two drivers were competing with several young drivers for 2013 drives, most notably Antonio Felix de Costa.

However, with today’s confirmation, both drivers will continue on for a second year with Red Bull’s junior team. Team principal Franz Tost today stated:

"Both drivers have done a good job this season. Daniel joined us with a few Grands 
Prix under his belt and so his feedback and experience was particularly useful while 
Jean-Eric got up to speed, often having to deal with tracks he had never seen before.

Since the summer break, both drivers have scored more points and everyone in the team 
has been impressed with their maturity in terms of working with the engineers and 
their racecraft on track. We will be doing our best in the next few months, to produce 
a 2013 car which will allow them to demonstrate their talent."

 

2013 driver market: October update

We’re 3 races away from the end of the 2012 season, and the 2013 driver market speculation is already in full swing, with many midfield teams inundated with driver applicants for next season.

Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes has calmed the market at the front of the grid, but further back it’s a very different story.

Here’s a look at who has confirmed who – and who I think will be racing next season:

Red Bull Racing

1) Sebastian Vettel – Confirmed

2) Mark Webber – Confirmed

McLaren

3) Jenson Button – Confirmed

4) Sergio Perez – Confirmed

Ferrari

5) Fernando Alonso – Confirmed

6) Felipe Massa – Confirmed

Mercedes

7) Lewis Hamilton – Confirmed

8) Nico Rosberg – Confirmed

Lotus

9) Kimi Raikkonen – Confirmed

10) TBC

Probable drivers: Romain Grosjean, Paul di Resta, Heikki Kovalainen, Luiz Razia

My guess: Romain Grosjean

Force India

11) TBC

12) TBC

Probable drivers: Paul di Resta, Adrian Sutil, Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi, Robin Frijns, Jules Bianchi, Daniel Ricciardo, Heikki Kovalainen, Charles Pic, Davide Valsecchi

My guess: Paul di Resta and Heikki Kovalainen

Sauber

14) Nico Hulkenberg – Confirmed

15) TBC

Probable drivers: Kamui Kobayashi, Robin Frijns, Davide Valsecchi, Paul di Resta, Romain Grosjean, Charles Pic, Jules Bianchi, Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil, Esteban Gutierrez

My guess: Esteban Gutierrez

Toro Rosso

16) TBC

17) TBC

Probable drivers: Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Antonio Felix de Costa

My guess: Daniel Ricciardo and Antonio Felix de Costa

Williams

18) TBC

19) TBC

Probable drivers: Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna, Davide Valsecchi, Adrian Sutil, Jaime Alguersuari, Charles Pic, Kamui Kobayashi, Heikki Kovalainen

My guess: Pastor Maldonado and Jaime Alguersuari

Caterham

20) TBC

21) TBC

Probable drivers: Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov, Giedo van der Garde, Charles Pic, Daniel Ricciardo, Davide Valsecchi, Robin Frijns, Sam Bird, Antonio Felix de Costa

My guess: Giedo van der Garde and Robin Frijns

HRT

22) Pedro de la Rosa – Confirmed

23) TBC

Probable drivers: Narain Karthikeyan, Luiz Razia, Ma Qing Hua, Dani Clos, Brendon Hartley, Neel Jani, any obscure pay driver

My guess: Ma Qing Hua

Marussia

24) TBC

25) TBC

Probable drivers: Timo Glock, Charles Pic, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Max Chilton, Sam Bird, Kevin Magnussen, Oliver Turvey

My guess: Max Chilton and Timo Glock

Nico Hulkenberg to join Sauber in 2013

After the departure of Sergio Perez to McLaren, the Sauber team have confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg is to join the squad in 2013.

This is the third team that Hulkenberg will race for within three years of Grand Prix racing. He was ditched by Williams after the 2010 season in place for a pay driver, then spent a year in the wilderness, as reserve driver for Force India. He moved up to second driver for the team in 2012.

The highlight of Hulkenberg’s career so far has been his shock pole position in Brazil 2010. He was upped his game in the second half of this season, with a 4th placed finish in Belgium, and three points-scoring finishes in a row up to and including India.

The young German has signed a 1-year contract with the team. Sauber stated that they would confirm Hulkenberg’s teammate at a later stage.

This move has intensified the battle for the second Sauber drive. Kamui Kobayashi’s position is under serious threat, with Robert Frijns , Jules Bianchi, Jaime Alguersuari and Adrian Sutil all gunning for a place on the grid next year.

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