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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Great seats going fast... (update-3)

Since we last checked, Sutil has joined Sauber. Here's where we stand (updates with Gutierrez looking likely to be retained by Sauber):

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel
Daniel Ricciardo

Fernando Alonso
Kimi Raikkonen

Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton

Jean-Eric Vergne
Daniil Kvyat

Felipe Massa
Valtteri Bottas

Jenson Button
Kevin Magnussen

Romain Grosjean
Pastor Maldonado

Force India
Nico Hulkenberg
Sergio Perez

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...

Jules Bianchi
TBA - Max Chilton
I'm going to stick with Chilton here. He's slow, but consistent, and he can fund the ride.

Adrian Sutil
TBA - Esteban Gutierrez
Adam Cooper was reporting Gutierrez was set to be confirmed

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. And now, Kamui Kobayashi?

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