While the racing on the track has been prehaps the most unpredictable in F1s sixty-two year history. The usual melee in the drivers market doesn’t seem to be appearing this year.
The British Grand Prix has traditionally been the start of the driver silly season rumours. However, with Mark Webber signing a one year extension with Red Bull today, the likelihood of a frantic drivers market seems very slim indeed.
With Alonso,Vettel and Rosberg, all tied down to multi-year contracts, all eyes were on the likeable Australian to see if he would stay at Red Bull or join Alonso at Ferrari. Now we know he’s staying put, the two seats of interest are those currently been filled by Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher. Massa, for one, will be pleased to see Webber stay on at RBR. The winner of the British Grand Prix was a hot contender to replace him after it was revealed that the two parties had held talks in recent weeks.
Massa’s appears to be fighting a losing battle to hold on to his Ferrari seat despite finishing 4th at Silverstone this year. While his team-mate had won two races and leads the drivers championship, Massa is yet to taste the champagne on the podium this year. With Ferrari’s young driver programme protegé, Sergio Perez, continuing to impress at Sauber, a straight swap could well be on the cards.
The Merceds question is a little more straight forward. Michael is having his best season to date since he made his comeback at the start of the 2010 season and scored his first podium for Mercedes at the European Grand Prix just over two weeks ago. If Michael, or Mercedes decide to go their separate ways, ex Mercedes DTM driver, Paul di Resta is in pole position to take over from the 7 times world champion.