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2013 Formula One F1 Driver Line-up, Rumor Round-up & 2014 Silly Season Rumors - July 20th
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 20, 2013 - 08:38 AM
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2013 Formula One F1 Driver Line-up, Rumor Round-up & 2014 Silly Season Rumors - July 20th

By Mike Sulka

The 2013 Formula One F1 season was on hold this week, though a three-day Pirelli tyre test at the Silverstone Circuit was held. Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on Friday, but was a full three seconds off the time set by Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix to take Pole - 1:29.6.

There wasn't a whole lot of news out of the testing round, though no reports of tyre delamination were reported with 1344 tyres being used for over 2000 laps.

Daniel Ricciardo was able to test with Red Bull and is our pick to grab seat to be vacated by Mark Webber. However, some pundits wondered if a trip through the gravel was a sign. We'd suggest not.

Sergey Sirotkin is apparently a name that will appear in a Sauber F1 car following Russian backing that is said will save the financially struggling Sauber team. The only question is if he can drive. Seems like a pretty important question, especially if you are employed or paid by Sauber and this is your lifeline.

As for Nico Hulkenberg, he can't get the heck out of Sauberville fast enough. As for where he might land, its hard to say. Lots of rumors, but he doesn't seem to be on the lips of the people that matter. Just the press.

Down in the Caterham garage, Giedo van der Garde not only has Marussia in his rear view mirrors at all times, Heikki Kovalainen continues to hang out. And of course, rumors continued that Kovalainen would return to the Caterham seat in the future. Van Der Garde pointed to his iron clad contract for 2013, but made no mention of 2014.

Another back marker whose name is making the rounds is that of Pastor Maldonado who is said to be moving from the ever slowing Williams squad, over to Lotus. Pastor sez, that he is staying put at Williams. Plus, we expect Kimi Raikkonen to stay put. So that leaves Romain Grosjean, and while he hasn't set the world on fire, he isn't binning it as often at Felipe Massa at Ferrari.

Speaking of Massa, Davide Rigon was indeed quicker than Massa on Friday when the pairing tested together. Yes, it is just testing, but jeez Felipe, should that be happening when your career is in a spiral downwards ?

Goods news, we fire the engines back up on Friday for the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix!


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2013 Formula One F1 Driver Line-up & 2014 Silly Season
Team Driver Contract End Date 2014 Rumors
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 2015 Updated 06-11-2013 Red Bull Extends Vettel Contract
Red Bull Mark Webber Retiring Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Antonio Felix da Costa
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 2016 -
Ferrari Felipe Massa 2013 Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta
McLaren Jenson Button 2014? -
McLaren Sergio Perez 2014 -
Lotus Kimi Raikkonen 2013 Pastor Maldonado, Robert Kubica, Davide Valsecchi, Nico Hulkenberg
Lotus Romain Grosjean 2013 -
Mercedes Nico Rosberg 2013? -
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 2015 -
Sauber Nico Hulkenberg 2013 -
Sauber Esteban Gutierrez 2013 Sergey Sirotkin
Force India Paul Di Resta TBC Luiz Razia
Force India Adrian Sutil 2013 Jules Bianchi
Williams Pastor Maldonado 2013 -
Williams Valtteri Bottas 2013 -
Toro Rosso Daniel Ricciardo 2013 -
Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne 2013 -
Caterham Charles Pic 2014? -
Caterham Giedo van der Garde 2013 ? Heikki Kovalainen
Marussia Jules Bianchi 2013 ? -
Marussia Max Chilton 2013 -

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