Here's where the conjecture comes in. Keep in mind these are mere guesses, unless someone has been confirmed, but based on the most reputable reports I can find...
TBA - Max Chilton
I'm going to stick with Chilton here. He's slow, but consistent, and he can fund the ride.
TBA - Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez likely lands here, multiple stories in the reputable F1 press has all but confirmed.
Others in the hunt - Paul di Resta/Adrian Sutil
Still depends on the money. The deal with the Russians that includes Sergey Sirotkin grows increasingly quiet. Adrian Sutil landing here makes sense, he a talented veteran and brings a little money to the table. Esteban Gutierrez showed some potential, but if his Telmex sponsorship is no more, he loses a valuable bargaining chip. This drive may wind up in the hands of someone who's name hasn't even been mentioned yet, Hulkenberg was reportedly told the team was looking "somewhere else" when he inquired about returning. It will be interesting when we find out where. The money is tight, but Sauber knows how to get it done.
A lot of names tied to these seats. Heikki Kovalainen seemed to be favored, but it isn't known how his Lotus performance went over. In fairness, it was a lot to ask, tire management was the key last year, and without valuable testing time, it was bound to make the going difficult for him. Giedo van der Garde's and Charles Pic's names haven't much been mentioned. Pic, in particular, seems a longshot. Alexander Rossi, my favorite hope, I've only seen mentioned once, though by someone who would know. Young Marcus Ericsson has been connected with the team.
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