Kay

Current Driver Market 2007

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[u][b]Current Driver / Seat Situation[/b][/u]
(Note: Driver names in red are [color="red"]confirmed[/color], blue are [color="blue"]loose rumours[/color], green are [color="green"]probable[/color])
(Addititional Note: Those [b]bolded[/b] are those which remain under much discussion, [i]italics[/i] are for those just added, [u]underlined[/u] are for those with links to confirmed / probable retained seats)

[b]Mclaren[/b]
[url="http://motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=239249&FS=F1"][color="red"]Lewis Hamilton[/color][/url] {Contract Expires ??? Never ???}
[color="red"][i]Heikki Kovalainen[/i] [/color] {Rumour, See 18}
[s][color="blue"]Jenson Button[/color][/s] {Rumour, See 15}
[s][color="blue"][i]Adrian Sutil[/i] [/color][/s] {Rumour, See 21}
[s][color="blue"][i]Pedro De La Rosa[/i] [/color][/s] {Rumour, See 21}
[s][color="red"]Fernando Alonso[/color][/s] {Been a naughty boy}
[s][color="blue"]Nico Rosberg[/color][/s] {Rumour, See 15}

[b]Ferrari[/b]
[url="http://motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=232393&FS=F1"] [color="red"] Kimi Raikkonen[/color] [/url] {Contract Expires 2009}
[color="red"]Felipe Massa[/color] {Contract Expires 2010}

[b]Renault[/b]
[color="red"]Nelson Piquet [/color] {New Contract Signed}
[color="red"]Fernando Alonso[/color] {New Contract Signed}
[s][color="green"]Giancarlo Fisichella[/color] [/s]{Contract Expired}
[s][color="green"]Heikki Kovalainen [/color][/s] {Contract Expired}
[s][color="blue"]Jenson Button[/color][/s] {Anything's Possible}

[b]BMW[/b]
[url="http://www.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/070821093600.shtml"][color="red"]Nick Heidfeld[/color][/url]{New Contract Signed}
[url="http://www.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/070821093600.shtml"][color="red"]Robert Kubica[/color][/url] {Contract Expires 08}
[s][color="blue"]Sebastian Vettel [/color][/s] {Signed for Toro Rosso}
[s][color="blue"]Nico Rosberg[/color][/s] {Under Williams Contract}

[b]Williams -Toyota[/b]
[url="http://formula-1.updatesport.com/news/article/1181121115/formula_one/F1gossip/Rosberg-under-contract-for-2008/view.html"][color="red"]Nico Rosberg[/color] [/url] {Contract Until 2010}
[color="red"]Kazuki Nakajima[/color] {Contract Signed}
[s][color="blue"]Giancarlo Fisichella[/color][/s] {Rumour, See 11}
[s][color="blue"]Robert Doornbos[/color][/s] {Rumour, See 12}
[s][color="green"]Alex Wurz[/color][/s] {Contract Expired}

[b]Toyota[/b]
[url="http://motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=226868&FS=F1"][color="red"]Jarno Trulli[/color][/url] {Contract Expires 2009}
[color="red"]Timo Glock[/color] {Contract Signed}
[s][color="green"]Ralf Schumacher[/color][/s] {Contract Expired}
[s][color="blue"]Nick Heidfeld[/color][/s] {Rumour, See 2}
[s][color="blue"]Robert Doornbos[/color][/s] {Rumour, See 12}

[b]Honda[/b]
[url="http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40077"][color="red"]Rubens Barrichello[/color][/url] {Contract Extension to 2008}
[url="http://www.minispace.co.uk/blog/images/vicky-pollard-l-poster.jpg"][color="red"]Jenson Button[/color][/url] {Jenson Shackled to Honda HQ}

[b]Red Bull[/b]
[url="http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6417.html"][color="red"]David Coulthard[/color][/url] {Contract Expires 2008}
[color="red"]Mark Webber [/color] {Contracted Until 2008}
[color="blue"][s]Robert Kubica[/s][/color] {Rumour, See 7}

[b]Toro Rosso[/b]
[url="http://www.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/070802170713.shtml"][color="red"]Sebastian Vettel[/color][/url] {New Contract Signed}
[url="http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/61468"][color="red"]Sebastien Bourdais[/color] [/url] {Contract Signed}
[s][color="green"]Vitantonio Liuzzi[/color][/s] {Contract Expired}
[s][color="green"]Scott Speed[/color][/s] {Speedily Separated}

[b]Force India[/b] [s][b]Spyker[/b][/s]
[color="red"][b]Adrian Sutil[/b][/color] {Under Contract: Could Be Bought Out}
[color="red"][i]Giancarlo Fisichella[/i][/color] {Rumour, See 20}
[s][color="green"]Sakon Yamamoto [/color] [/s]{Contract Expires: Whenever Spyker feel like it}
[s][color="blue"]Roldan Rodriguez[/color] [/s]{Rumour, See 13}
[s][color="blue"][i]Ralf Schumacher[/i][/color][/s] {Rumour, See 20}
[s][color="blue"][i]Christian Klien[/i][/color][/s] {Rumour, See 20}
[s]color=blue][i]Tonio Liuzzi[/i][/color] [/s]{Rumour, See 20}
[s][url="http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/60687"][color="green"][s]Christjian Albers[/s][/color][/url][/s] {Contract Expired}

[b]Super Aguri[/b]
[color="red"]Takuma Sato[/color] {Contract Expires 2008 ?}
[url="http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/62026"][color="red"]Anthony Davidson[/color][/url] {SA Want To Retain Him}
[color="blue"]Rubens Barrichello[/color] {Rumour, See 17}
[color="blue"][i]Luca Filippi[/i] [/color] {Rumour, See 19}


[s][b]Prodrive[/b][/s] {Couldn't bother turning up}
[s][color="blue"]Gary Paffett[/color] {Rumour, See 4}
[color="blue"]Pedro de la Rosa[/color] {Rumour, See 4}
[color="blue"]Tiago Monteiro[/color] {Rumour, See 6}[/s]

[b]Drivers Possibly Retiring / Leaving F1[/b]
[color="red"]Christjian Albers[/color] {'Cos he's crap}
[color="red"]Alex Wurz[/color] {'Cos he's getting too slow}
[color="red"]Scott Speed[/color] {Axed from Toro Rosso}
[color="red"]Ralf Schumacher[/color] {Rumour, Awaiting Link}
[color="red"]Vitantonio Liuzzi[/color] {Replaced At Toro Rosso}
[s][color="blue"]Giancarlo Fisichella[/color][/s] {He may as well have done}
[s][color="blue"]Rubens Barrichello[/color][/s] {There's another year in him yet}

[u][b]Related Links[/b][/u]

[b]Rumours[/b]
1. [url="http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/57995"]BMW Driver Choices[/url]
2. [url="http://www.pitpass.com/fes_php/pitpass_news_item.php?fes_art_id=30958"]Heidfeld & Toyota[/url]
3. [url="http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/58397"]Bourdais & Toro Rosso[/url]
4. [url="http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/58059"]Prodrive Driver Choice[/url]
5. [url="http://formula-1.updatesport.com/news/article/1177492843/formula_one/F1tech.talk/Honda-wind-tunnel-to-blame/view.html"]Rubens Retiring?[/url]
6. [url="http://www.paddocktalk.com/news/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=54666&newlang=&topic=1&catid=1"]Monteiro & Prodrive[/url]
7. [url="http://www.pitpass.com/fes_php/pitpass_news_item.php?fes_art_id=31343"]Kubica & Red Bull[/url]
8. [url="http://www.pitboard.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=36895"]Vettel to Toro Rosso[/url]
9. [url="http://www.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/070707121813.shtml"]Button To Renault[/url]
10. [url="http://www.duemotori.com/news/f1/15168_Nelson_Piquet_has_chance_for_Renault_seat_-_Flavio_Briatore.php"]Piquet To Renault[/url]
11. [url="http://www.paddocktalk.com/news/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=61628"]Fisichella To Williams[/url]
12. [url="http://www.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/070819102541.shtml"]Doornbos To Toyota or Williams[/url]
13. [url="http://www.paddocktalk.com/news/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=63844"]Roldan To Spyker[/url]
14. [url="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/6998040.stm"]Alonso Back To Renault[/url]
15. [url="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/sport/story/0,,2170261,00.html"]Rosberg & Button To Mclaren[/url]
16. [url="http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/63172"]Nakajima To Williams[/url]
17. [url="http://www.planetf1.com/story/0,18954,3213_2835422,00.html"]Rubens to SA[/url]
18. [url="http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/071212094828.shtml"]Heikki to Mclaren[/url]
19. [url="http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/071212100901.shtml"]Filippi to SA[/url]
20. [url="http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/news/2007/12/12/force-india-to-announce-drivers-this-month/"]Ralf, Fisi, Tonio or Klien in running for Force India[/url]
21. [url="http://www.crash.net/motorsport/f1/news/158082-0/haug_hints_at_candidates.html"]Sutil or De La Rosa to Mclaren[/url]

[b]2008 Season[/b]
[url="http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=263125&FS=F1"]2008 Provisional Calendar[/url]

If there are any mistakes then I'll change it as soon as I'm made aware. Thought including links would help when everything starts to get confusing and including contracts will help in future years, although not all are made public knowledge (at least not without detailed hunting). Edited by Kay

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I think Alonso's on a 3 year contract with McLaren. I remember thinking it would be great if Alonso waited for Kimi to choose a team first next time then Alonso goes and joins him there because both their contracts are up on the same year.

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i'm not so sure that its a wise plan to try and have the most challenging team-mate possible, if you're trying to win world championships! It would be great though because it would hopefully settle the war between the fan armies.

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i'm not so sure that its a wise plan to try and have the most challenging team-mate possible, if you're trying to win world championships! It would be great though because it would hopefully settle the war between the fan armies.

Does 1 person really constitute a army :D

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I hope De La Rosa gets a Drivers spot in F1! He's done enough in Friday testing last season & this season, he's done enough personal testing! He's deserved a proper drivers spot for years but did'nt get 1 with a good enough team!

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I think Alonso's on a 3 year contract with McLaren. I remember thinking it would be great if Alonso waited for Kimi to choose a team first next time then Alonso goes and joins him there because both their contracts are up on the same year.

Can you remember where you may have read it? I'll go source hunting again soon, I found Massa's contract on motorsport, but not many others. :)

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Trulli's last year on his current Toyota contract is in 2008.

I'll see if I can track down and article for you Kay :D

Edited by aussief1

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Thanks, got a few more bits on there now, soon going to be so complex! Trying to keep it to drivers who have admitted / teams who have admitted some sort of talks, not just the PR rubbish. It's hard to tell them apart sometimes though.

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I hope De La Rosa gets a Drivers spot in F1! He's done enough in Friday testing last season & this season, he's done enough personal testing! He's deserved a proper drivers spot for years but did'nt get 1 with a good enough team!

He's too old now, he's about 35. Plus he didnt really do anything special at all last year and got his butt kicked by Eddie Irvine at Jaguar

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He's too old now, he's about 35. Plus he didnt really do anything special at all last year and got his butt kicked by Eddie Irvine at Jaguar

That may be perfect for Prodrive though; experience. As long as they partner him with an new, young driver.

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He doesn't have that much racing experience though, he's done much more testing. Prodrive could do better.

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He doesn't have that much racing experience though, he's done much more testing. Prodrive could do better.

You missed what Kay was saying. He's tested for Mclaren for yonks now, and he has so so much experience that maybe Prodrive would be mad not to hire him to get them started up! He isnt a particularly great driver but he isnt awful. A 1 yr contract would be what Prodrive would do I expect if they did indeed hire him!

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But they're buying a chassis from McLaren, they don't really need that much test experience, they just need 2 racers for season 1, IMO.

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But they're buying a chassis from McLaren, they don't really need that much test experience, they just need 2 racers for season 1, IMO.

Agree :thbup:

I guess that we will have all the answers about Prodrive at the Silverstone weekend in July.

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actually i suppose Pedro in a 2007 mclaren chassis might not be too bad, because he would know the car so well and knows how a top team works. I expect Prodrive drivers probably wont even be decided until late in the year

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Agree :thbup:

I guess that we will have all the answers about Prodrive at the Silverstone weekend in July.

Is there an announcemnet of the drivers of prodrive in Silverstone?

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Is there an announcemnet of the drivers of prodrive in Silverstone?

Yep. I believe DR said so in a recent interview.

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Yep. I believe DR said so in a recent interview.

Yep. It's in F1 Racing, where they will annouce both sponsors and drivers at Silverstone.

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probably pretty bollocks drivers then if they've both signed up already, 2 rookies i expect

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Not necessarily. A lot of drivers are signed a long time before they are announced.

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Not necessarily. A lot of drivers are signed a long time before they are announced.

yes but not to a brand new team who will probably be using second-hand mclaren chassis! I expect 1 or both drivers will be a sportscar driver who has worked with prodrive before. I cant imagine any half-decent current F1 star is going to go to Prodrive

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yes but not to a brand new team who will probably be using second-hand mclaren chassis! I expect 1 or both drivers will be a sportscar driver who has worked with prodrive before. I cant imagine any half-decent current F1 star is going to go to Prodrive

I wouldnt be surpised to see Ralf Schumacher at Prodrive next year though i wouldnt exactly call him a decent driver.

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yes but not to a brand new team who will probably be using second-hand mclaren chassis! I expect 1 or both drivers will be a sportscar driver who has worked with prodrive before. I cant imagine any half-decent current F1 star is going to go to Prodrive

I may be wrong, but didn't JV sign with BAR quite sometime before they were in F1?

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I may be wrong, but didn't JV sign with BAR quite sometime before they were in F1?

He was always going to be one of the drivers as he was one of the founders of the team.

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I wouldnt be surpised to see Ralf Schumacher at Prodrive next year though i wouldnt exactly call him a decent driver.

Getting Ralf would be fantastic for Prodrive, his knowledge & experience (and occasional speed) would be just what they need

I may be wrong, but didn't JV sign with BAR quite sometime before they were in F1?

Yes but thats the only high-profile example and JV was naive enough to think that he could actually win BAR's first ever race, whereas with Prodrive you know you're going to be mid-grid at best

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