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2012 Driver Changes - Early Predictions?

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Chris Jenkins, May 31, 2011.

  1. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Hello Everyone.

    I know it's still quite early, but I thought it'd be interested to see what some people's early predictions for the 2012 Driver Line-ups will be.

    Personally I think:
    Kobayashi or Perez will take Massa's spot at Ferarri
    Barachello possibly to Sauber
    Di Resta to Mercedes (if Schumacher leaves)
    Massa to Williams (if he loses his Ferarri seat)

    What do you all think?
  2. i think glock will leave virgin and trulli will lose his seat at lotus i think Massa will go to williams or Mercedes because i think Rosberg will leave
  3. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Quick Driver's list:

    Red Bull - Unchanged (I hope)
    Ferrari - Alonso, Rosberg
    McLaren - Unchanged (If Lewis stops crying about his team)
    Mercedes - Schumacher (If he doesn't retire), Kobayashi
    Renault - Petrov, Kubica returns
    Toro Rosso - Buemi, Ricciardo
    Force India - Unchanged
    Williams - Felipe Massa, Maldonado (Barrichello Retires after poor 2011 season)
    Sauber - Perez, Jules Bianci (after winning GP2 2011 season, would make sense as he in Ferrari test driver and Sauber have Ferrari engines)
    Lotus - Unchanged - possible Trulli goes to NASCAR or something to end career
    Virgin - Unchanged
    HRT - Luizzi, some random paid driver
  4. Red Bull - Unchanged(possible Rosberg, Webber swap)
    Ferrari - Alonso, Kobayashi
    McLaren - Unchanged
    Mercedes -Sutil, Kovalienen(if Webber then remove one of them)
    Renault - Petrov, Kubica returns
    Toro Rosso - Buemi, Ricciardo
    Force India - Hulkenburg, Di resta
    Williams - Felipe Massa, Maldonado
    Sauber - Perez, Jules Bianci or Alexender Rossi
    Lotus - Heidfeld takes Kovalienen spot.
    Virgin - Glock, Wickens(unless he wins F3.5)
    HRT - Luizzi, and some random pay driver
  5. Very unlikely at the moment.

    Well, why?
  6. If he wins he wouldn't want to go to virgin(because more likely there will be other intrest), but hes under there driver program at current(drives with a virgin livery in F3.5).

    Any smart driver wouldn't want to go there if they want a decent go at f1
  7. I got a good feeling Massa will go to Sauber instead of Williams actually.
  8. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    I think its more likely for drivers to go between teams that have working arrangements.

    e.g. Ferrari/Sauber, Force India/McLaren/Mercedes, Red Bull/Toro Rosso/Renault
  9. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    As I expected, Mercedes are looking to sign Rosberg to a long-term deal, similar to the one Alonso signed at Ferrari.
    They're being very honest and open about their intentions to build the team around him.
  10. Nowadays a prestigious feeder series title is absolutely no garantee of a decent future in F1 or in any other prestigious series. You can be the future Fangio, if you don't have the budget or the support, your future will remain very uncertain.

    Ask Pantano(won GP2 in 2008, now is doing minor series like Superleague), Baguette(won WSR in 2009, still without any full time seat this year, his absolutely magnificent 500 drive last Sunday was a one-off), Aleshin(won WSR in 2010, has just been dropped by Carlin in GP2 because of lack of budget AFAIK), or even Hulkenberg.

    If Wickens has an opportunity to go to Virgin in 2012, he should really take it IMO, unless he has talks with someone else for a very strong opportunity for 2013.
  11. Pantano didn't get a drive because he's old and failed miserably in f1 back in '04.
  12. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    There are some amazing drivers in the world who simply don't have the funds to race- which is really sad, as Yann said, Baguette, Aleshin etc.) and also Marcos Martinez who won WSR in 2009 (beat Ricciardo, Alguesuari etc.) and is now sitting on the sidelines, it's a shame people can't do what they did with Lewis Hamilton and sponsor them when they see real talent.
  13. "Failed", that's a bit harsh on him. The Jordan was nowhere in 2004, and the relation with the team was bad - lack of budget once again - and he kept being replaced by Glock in the end.

    "Old" - no more than 26ish right? The motorsports universe is definitively a strange world.
  14. Hes 32 years old, and was 30 when he won GP2, too old to get back into F1 really.

    He had hes chance in '04 and failed.

    Also you can't compare Martinez to Ricciardo as he did only a handful of races in 09.

    also Aleshian argubely beat ricciardo in WSR due to better equipment.
  15. Just read on f1hirek.hu that Rosberg just extended his contract until 2016.

    Say that to Schumacher;)
  16. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Check out the post on the first page :)
  17. The difference is pantano isn't a schumacher.
  18. After the interview in Montreal on thursday, I'm predicting Webber retires at the end of the season and is replaced by Ricciardo
  19. I doubt ricciardo will go straight into rbr, unless he replaces a torro rosso driver this year and does really well.I don't think redbull woul give a drive to any of the current torro rosso drivers either.If the seats open next year I would say either Rosberg, Hamilton or Kobayashi for that seat.