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


3) Jenson Button – Confirmed

4) Sergio Perez – Confirmed


5) Fernando Alonso – Confirmed

6) Felipe Massa – Confirmed


7) Lewis Hamilton – Confirmed

8) Nico Rosberg – Confirmed


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


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


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


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


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


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

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