Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced it will retain both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for 2013. There has been little talk of anything other regards STR as the two have been doing a better job than their results suggest.
Both drivers are clearly very competent and deserve a second season, with Ricciardo – especially of late – showing some fine form indeed. Vergne has perhaps made less of a mark on the sport than was expected in many quarters, the young Frenchman being highly rated by those who have watched his career to date, but I expect him to prove his worth next season.
We are still waiting to see what happens at Force India – it is rumoured that Adrian Sutil has picked up a decent amount of backing so he is highly likely to make a come-back – and for information on the second seat at Sauber. Esteban Guttierez is still the man in frame at Sauber, while many sources believe Jules Bianchi will graduate to a race seat at Force India. This leaves Paul di Resta in a precarious position.
The back of the grid teams are also undecided; Caterham is likely to hang on to Vitaly Petrov as the Russian promises money from Russia (although whether it appears is another story) although Heikki Kovalainen’s position is the subject of speculation. The team would do well to hold onto the Finn as he is a capable driver with experience.
At Marussia there is talk of financial woes – unsurprisingly – and neither Timo Glock nor Charles Pic is assured of a seat next year, while at HRT we can expect Pedro de la Rosa to continue with the other seat up for grabs. These drives may well be decided by performances at next weekend’s young driver test, where several young talents are scheduled to run.