Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

formula 1 2013 Silly Season


10 posts in this topic

Posted

With the 2012 season approaching the summer break it's time to speculate again: What is the grid going to look like next year?

I don't see many changes happening in the top teams. The major two variables at this point are Felipe Massa's position at Ferrari, and whether or not Michael Schumacher is going to race for another year or two. From the midfield downwards some changes are possible - depending on which driver offers which team the most money.

Here's a first draft for the 2013 grid, taken from the Autosport forum:

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari F2013

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Raikkonen on Ferrari's radar for 2013, despite also nearing extension to Lotus deal

Kimi Raikkonen has emerged as a surprise contender to line up alongside Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next year, even though the Finn is closing in on a deal to remain at Lotus.

Ferrari is considering its driver options for 2013, with the team well aware it needs a team-mate to Alonso who can help contribute significantly to its constructors' championship ambitions.

Felipe Massa has not yet delivered strong enough form this year to guarantee his seat, which has left Ferrari evaluating whether to hope his current upswing in form will continue into 2013 or whether it needs to look at other options.

A number of young drivers are on Ferrari's radar - with Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean all on the short-list of candidates for the drive.

However, Ferrari sources insist that the team has not seen enough from any of those drivers to be sure that they will be a definite step forward over Massa - which has resulted in Raikkonen emerging as a dark horse contender.

Although Raikkonen was dropped by Ferrari at the end of 2009, Ferrari sources suggest that senior figures inside the team believe he would be the perfect fit for next year

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

The end of all speculations as to who will drive the second Ferrari alongside Alonso next year:

Ferrari retain Massa for 2013

Felipe Massa will remain at Ferrari in 2013, the team has confirmed.

A statement released by the team on Tuesday said:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Valtteri Bottas replaces Bruno Senna at Williams

Valtteri Bottas says he is ready to justify Williams's faith after taking Bruno Senna's seat for next season.

The Finn replaces Bruno Senna and will partner Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, who drove for Williams in 2011-12.

Bottas, Williams's reserve driver in 2012, said: "I don't see any reason why I can't do well in Formula 1."

Founder and team principal Sir Frank Williams said Bottas was "one of the most talented young racing drivers we have ever come across".

Williams have picked Bottas after a string of impressive performances in many of the free practice sessions this year, when he often matched Maldonado's pace and rarely made mistakes.

Bottas, 23, said in an exclusive interview: "I think that was the key. Many times I was in the same pace as Pastor and sometimes even quicker.

"Sometimes, for sure, Pastor had the edge but that was to be expected - he has already two seasons in the car and knows the team as well. He's a really quick guy and I'm really happy I could match him sometimes.

"I think they have seen I am really quick, I am ready to work hard and to do everything I can to get a lot of points for the team.

"I know and the team has seen that there will be much more to come from my side as I get to drive the car more.

"It is not an easy job doing the Fridays. It is just one session, one set of tyres, job done. And there are always big gaps between the Fridays so it is not easy to keep the rhythm.

"The team has seen I can still improve a lot and we can do good results."

Bottas, who last raced when winning the GP3 feeder series in 2011, acknowledged that he was making a big step up next season.

"I know it won't be easy because you are competing against the very best in the world," he said.

"But once I get into the racing rhythm again I don't see any reason why I would struggle massively. I will keep improving all the time, that's for sure."

Williams said of Bottas that he expected "great things from him in the future".

And Bottas said he believed he could follow in the footsteps of countrymen Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen and win the world title in the future.

"I am here only for one reason. One day I want to be the world champion," he said.

"Everyone in Finland will be expecting me to be world champion one day because most of the Finnish drivers have been.

"But I am not going to take any pressure for that. I just think it is really cool that that is the way it is. For sure I will get a lot of support from Finland. It is my goal, too."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing RB9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

I would place odds on d'Ambrosio and Sutil not getting their rumoured seats, due to the fact that the former performed badly in his one race at Monza, while the latter will have issues with attending numerous races on the calendar.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

I thought Raikonnen was out in 13?

He said in pre-race interview at Brazil that this was probably his last race? Unless I'm confused?

13 should be good, lets hope its even better than 2012 was (12 was the best F1 season in years IMO)

edit: I'm also sad to see Senna out. Think he has promise but I do understand why he is out, he certainly did not deliver this year

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Kamui Kobayashi has received almost

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

HRT absent from 2013 FIA entry list

HRT have not been included in the official FIA 2013 team entry list. With the team still struggling to find a buyer, and the deadline for teams to pay their entry fee for the 2013 season passing on Friday, it looks almost certain that there will only be 22 drivers for 11 teams in the 2013 seasons.

Source: http://www.formula1....2/12/14143.html

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

HRT absent from 2013 FIA entry list

HRT have not been included in the official FIA 2013 team entry list. With the team still struggling to find a buyer, and the deadline for teams to pay their entry fee for the 2013 season passing on Friday, it looks almost certain that there will only be 22 drivers for 11 teams in the 2013 seasons.

Source: http://www.formula1....2/12/14143.html

Bye bye, HRT.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.