The point about drivers' market
After Sauber’ s announcement to retain Gutierrez to partner the new-entry Adrian Sutil, we can say that the puzzle for the 2014 drivers’ line-up is almost done. Only Marussia (who announced to retain Bianchi a long time ago) and Caterham still have to get their drivers’ line-up completed.
But, let’s take stock of the F1 drivers’ line-up before having a Christmas break:
RED BULL: Sebastian Vettel / Daniel Ricciardo
MERCEDES: Lewis Hamilton / Nico Rosberg
FERRARI: Fernando Alonso / Kimi Raikkonen
LOTUS: Romain Grosjean / Pastor Maldonado
MCLAREN: Jenson Button / Kevin Magnussen
FORCE INDIA: Nico Hulkenberg / Sergio Perez
SAUBER: Esteban Gutierrez / Adrian Sutil
TORO ROSSO: Jean – Eric Vergne / Daniil Kvyat
WILLIAMS: Valtteri Bottas / Felipe Massa
MARUSSIA: Jules Bianchi / ?
CATERHAM: ? / ?
So, many changes next season, only Mercedes has retained both its racing drivers. A brand new racing pair for Force India, instead. The Indian Team will take part in the 2014 F1 season with two very skilled young drivers such as Nico Hulkenberg (former Sauber team driver) and Sergio Perez (former McLaren team driver).
Two new drivers make their debut into F1: Kevin Magnussen, who will replace the Mexican driver at McLaren, and Daniil Kvyat who will replace the new Red Bull racing driver Daniel Racciardo at Toro Rosso. Kimi Raikkonen will re-join Ferrari to replace Massa who will join Williams to partner the twice – world Champion Alonso. Sauber hired a very experienced Sutil to partner the retained Gutierrez.