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We should have the 2014 driver discussion in a separate thread. The list below has been blatantly copied from Chasethebase's post in the Official F1 World Championship 2013 thread. :p

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Pastor Maldonado set for Williams F1 exit

 

Pastor Maldonado and his PDVSA backers are in the final stages of talks that will secure their exit from Williams, and clear the way for Felipe Massa's arrival.

 

After weeks of speculation about the future of the Venezuelan driver, who has endured a troubled time at Williams this year, high-level sources have revealed he will be racing elsewhere next season.

 

Although it is understood a deal to leave Williams has not yet been finalised, it is anticipated that matters will be resolved imminently to allow Maldonado to sign a contract elsewhere.

 

Maldonado has already held 2014 talks with Lotus, Sauber and Force India, with the

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Replying to your own posts now?

You know, some say that's a sign of loneliness..... :p

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Grosjean 'signed' for next year, according to Lotus
 
Lotus boss Eric Boullier says he is just waiting for the nod from the team's owners to finalise Romain Grosjean's new contract for 2014.

 

Grosjean's impressive form in recent races - scoring three consecutive podium finishes

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After weeks of speculation about the future of the Venezuelan driver, who has endured a troubled time at Williams this year, high-level sources have revealed he will be racing elsewhere next season.

 

Please let it be NASCAR or Rallying or MotoGP or Formula Ford or anywhere that isn't still in F1. He can drive the odd good race in a season, maybe 2 over the course, then everything else is just a miserable disappointment for whoever he crashes into.

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Guess Lotus are prepared for Maldonado's arrival...

 

[tweet]https://twitter.com/wtf1couk/status/397100353155383296[/tweet]

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HYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYPE

 

Investors Quantum Motorsports tell Lotus F1 team to sign Hulkenberg

 

Lotus boss Eric Boullier has been told by the team's new investors to sign off a 2014 deal with Nico Hulkenberg.

 

After months of uncertainty about the status of a partnership with Quantum Motorsports, the man behind the consortium that is buying a 35 per cent stake in the team from Genii Capital revealed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that the deal was now done.

 

And, as a priority, he is urging Boullier to finalise a contract that will bring in Hulkenberg as replacement for the outgoing Kimi Raikkonen.

 

Source: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111129

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About time, I think he's more than earned his chance to drive for a decent team. I hope they don't sign Maldonado though I can't stand him.

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By signing Maldonado, they will guarantee that they win a race next season. They also guarantee that he'll only contribute 25 points all season long, and will need 15 new cars.

 

I'd much rather see Hulkenberg get a shot at it.

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Know why we said it's called Silly Season. Here's why.

 

 


Magnussen could replace Perez at McLaren
 

It was believed McLaren is on the verge of confirming Sergio Perez as Jenson Button's continuing teammate for 2014.

 

But a report by respected correspondent Tom Cary in the Telegraph newspaper claims the Mexican rookie could still be ousted after just a single season with the great British team.

 

Reportedly, Perez would be replaced by another rookie, the McLaren-developed youngster Kevin Magnussen, who has just wrapped up the Formula Renault 3.5 series.

 

The son of former McLaren test driver Jan, the young Magnussen won a GP2 test as a prize for his 2013 title, but according to Cary he "pulled out" of the run at the last minute this week "for unexplained reasons".

 

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh recently described Formula Renault 3.5 as "a much higher quality championship than GP2", and so the test may have been seen as a threat to Magnussen's reputation.

 

Indeed, Formula Renault 3.5 has also housed well-known, F1-linked names like Stoffel Vandoorne, Antonio Felix da Costa, Sergey Sirotkin and Carlos Sainz jr this year.

 

The newly-crowned 2013 GP2 champion, meanwhile, is Fabio Leimer. For the young Swiss, F1 is "as far away from Leimer as the moon", according to the veteran correspondent for Blick newspaper, Roger Benoit.

 

21-year-old Magnussen, on the other hand, is knocking loudly on the door, but it was expected he would make his debut for a team like Force India or Marussia.

 

"For me," he told Cary in Abu Dhabi, "if I can get a competitive seat in the first year I would prefer that.

 

"It's true there is a bigger risk in going to a top team because if you don't perform then you're out of formula one. But for me, if I get to a top team and don't perform then it means I'm not good enough," added Magnussen.

Source: http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns26767.html

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21-year-old Magnussen, on the other hand, is knocking loudly on the door, but it was expected he would make his debut for a team like Force India or Marussia.

Bit offensive to lump Force India in the same range as Marussia. :P

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Bit offensive to lump Force India in the same range as Marussia. :P


Probably less in the same range, more that they were his original options (FI due to Mercedes ties, Marussia because bottom team)

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Be nice to see Hulkenburg get the Drive, deserves it along with Grosjean, both have had a really strong performance in the last few race.

 

Can't wait to see Maldanado lose his seat though I kinda hope he'll end up with one of the back of the grid teams, they could do with his cash to help them compete a bit better.

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Kevin Magnussen closes on 2014 McLaren F1 seat over Sergio Perez

 

Kevin Magnussen is now favourite to land the second 2014 seat at McLaren, AUTOSPORT has learned, following a series of meetings at the team over the past week.

 

Although it had appeared in Abu Dhabi that Sergio Perez was closing in on a new deal following some strong performances, his lacklustre pace at Yas Marina prompted fresh questions about his future.

 

With McLaren having made it clear for months that Perez's consistency was its main concern, it is understood that the outfit was unimpressed about how his race in Abu Dhabi compared to that of Jenson Button, who had been forced to pit for a new nose early on.

 

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh even publicly said that Perez's result there was "disappointing", while deliberately praising Button's form on a weekend when the team had been expected to take a decent haul of points.

 

In the wake of that race, senior McLaren staff members are understood to have spent time this week evaluating the driver issue.

 

Although no final decision has been taken, sources suggest that there is now a widespread feeling within the team that Magnussen should be given the nod, and it is suggested that he is actually now favourite to replace Perez.

 

As well as winning the Formula Renault 3.5 championship this year, Magnussen has impressed McLaren in his two F1 test outings.

 

Only last month Whitmarsh praised his pace amid a push to get him an F1 seat in 2014.

 

"He has had two runs in an F1 car [and] in Abu Dhabi, on his third flying lap, he did a time that was good enough for sixth on the grid, which is pretty impressive," said Whitmarsh.

 

Source: Autosport

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I like the sound of this.

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[tweet]https://twitter.com/WilliamsF1Team/status/399914469976854528[/tweet]

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Updated grid:

 

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Hope we're seen the last of Maldonado, never rated him. However I see him going to Lotus.

This era we have of who has the deepest pockets gets the drive, preventing better drivers to come through, is just wrong.

So many TBA this late in the season too.

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Massssssssaaaaaaa :D

 

Edit: Wouldn't Ferrari have 3/4 again next season, since Alonso is 2nd in the WDC confirmed as Kimi is getting no further points and Lewis is >50 points behind?

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Massa joins Williams and replaces Maldonado.

I still don't think Williams will be competitive at all next year. Glad to see Massa still in F1 though.

 

http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12476/9020872/felipe-massa-joins-williams-as-team-mate-to-valtteri-bottas-in-2014

 

Wonder where Maldonado will go? Will it be another team like Lotus or one of the bottom teams Marussia or Caterham?

He carries too much money to not be in a team next season.

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Massa joins Williams and replaces Maldonado.

I still don't think Williams will be competitive at all next year. Glad to see Massa still in F1 though.

 

http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12476/9020872/felipe-massa-joins-williams-as-team-mate-to-valtteri-bottas-in-2014

 

Wonder where Maldonado will go? Will it be another team like Lotus or one of the bottom teams Marussia or Caterham?

He carries too much money to not be in a team next season.

 

I hope he goes nowhere tbh, he's crazy and had a lucky break. Especially after what he did to Bottas in Japan, surprised that went unpunished.

 

Also, moved your post to this thread, for 2014 discussion :)

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McLaren have decided to sign novice Kevin Magnussen as Jenson Button's team-mate next year.

 

The Dane's contract is not signed but team principal Martin Whitmarsh is set to give him the drive, sources say.
 
McLaren have chosen to promote the 21-year-old in place of Sergio Perez, who joined ahead of the current season, after conducting extensive analysis.
 
"We haven't confirmed our driver line-up. We haven't signed contracts with drivers," said Whitmarsh.

"We are still talking about that. There has been a lot of honest feedback both ways, which is best done in private not in public. We'll see in the future."
 
Magnussen, the winner of the Formula Renault 3.5 feeder series this year, is set to be the first rookie driver to be taken on by McLaren since Lewis Hamilton in 2007.
 
Perez has been linked with a potential move to Force India in 2014. He joined McLaren for this season as a replacement for Hamilton but the team have been underwhelmed by his performances.
 
In an uncompetitive season for McLaren in which they have failed to score a podium for the first time since 1980, Perez has taken 35 points to Button's 60.
 
The 23-year-old has scored points in the last two races, including a fifth place in India that matches Button's best result of the season.
 
But the team have spent the week since the last race in Abu Dhabi analysing his performances and concluded that Perez has a speed deficit to Button that he will probably never be able to bridge.
 
The race in Abu Dhabi was a case in point - despite being on a slower strategy, Button made up 23 seconds on Perez after a pit stop on the second lap to replace a damaged front wing.
 
Perez finished ninth after starting eighth on the grid. Button was 12th after dropping to the back following his unscheduled pit stop on lap two.
 
Asked if Perez had done a good enough job to be retained in 2014, Whitmarsh said: "He's done a good job; we're still taking to him.
 
"We have not provided either of our drivers with a good enough race car.
 
"In those circumstances Sergio has been a great team member, he's made a spirited contribution, had some exciting races, some really good races, ruffled some feathers, and done a pretty good job thorough the year.
 
"Abu Dhabi was difficult. It was not the result he and we wanted but difficult weekends happen.
 
"He's a clever guy and a good driver for anyone next year, including ourselves."

Magnussen is the son of former F1 driver Jan Magnussen, who also made his debut for McLaren, in the 1995 Pacific Grand Prix.
 
He is one of two young drivers contracted to McLaren whom the team rate as potential future world champions. The other is Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, who was second to Magnussen in Formula Renault 3.5 this year.
 
McLaren's analysis of Magnussen's performance in their simulator suggests he is already faster than Perez, and he has been extremely impressive in his two F1 tests for McLaren, at Abu Dhabi in November 2012 and at Silverstone in July 2013.
 
Magnussen is more experienced than Vandoorne, whom McLaren believe is not quite ready for F1 yet. Whitmarsh has hinted strongly McLaren will find a seat for him in the GP2 feeder series in 2014.
 
Whitmarsh said he expected Vandoorne to be a McLaren driver "one day".
 
The team are determined to find a place for the 21-year-old in F1 in the next couple of seasons as well.
 
McLaren remain committed to trying to prise double world champion Fernando Alonso away from Ferrari for 2015 and, if they succeed, next season will effectively be a shoot-out between Button and Magnussen to see who would partner the Spaniard.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/24903504

 

Good luck, Kevin. Hope he becomes another Lewis (performance, not attitude).

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I hope he goes nowhere tbh, he's crazy and had a lucky break. Especially after what he did to Bottas in Japan, surprised that went unpunished.

 

Also, moved your post to this thread, for 2014 discussion :)

 Cheers, didn't even realise there was another F1 thread.

 

I agree. I hope Maldonado goes nowhere. He is only a paying driver anyway.

Rumours were saying he might have a Lotus seat but i hope Hulkenberg gets that seat.

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/24903504

 

Good luck, Kevin. Hope he becomes another Lewis (performance, not attitude).

It will be a shame if this is true. I don't think Perez got much of a chance considering how poor this years car has been.

Plus he hasn't exactly been that far off the pace when compared to Button. I would have liked to have seen him get another season at least.

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It will be a shame if this is true. I don't think Perez got much of a chance considering how poor this years car has been.

Plus he hasn't exactly been that far off the pace when compared to Button. I would have liked to have seen him get another season at least.

Yeah, I'm still a bit bemused that they'd drop Checo after one season, but if this is true, then what's done is done; no point in having a go at Magnussen.

 

I'm starting to feel old now; Magnussen would be the first driver in F1 younger than me. :P

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Yeah, I'm still a bit bemused that they'd drop Checo after one season, but if this is true, then what's done is done; no point in having a go at Magnussen.

 

I'm starting to feel old now; Magnussen would be the first driver in F1 younger than me. :p

Youngin'. I've watched Niki Lauda race and saw all of Ayrton Senna's F1 career...

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