This week saw the confirmation of a further five drivers in the midpack. At both Force India and Toro Rosso, both squads confirmed that they will be holding on to their current line-ups for 2011. At Sauber, GP2 Championship runner-up Sergio Perez will partner Kamui Kobayashi, leaving Nick Heidfeld out in the cold.
Still to be confirmed are Nico Hulkenberg and Vitaly Petrov; both will most certainly have to keep their game up should they wish to remain in the top flight, however Hulkenberg’s team mate Rubens Barrichello looks good to keep his seat Williams. It is still unknown as to whether Hispania Racing will be on the grid next year.
Earlier this year, Ferrari announced a new addition to their young driver’s programme – 11 year-old Lance Stroll. The young Canadian has in his short career taken two Florida Winter Tour Championships for the Scuderia Karting Team, while also impressing at the Vortex ROK Cup at South Garda Karting Circuit in Lonato, Italy.
Add to that, the arrival of Nabil Jeffri – the 16-year-old is currently contesting the Asian Formula BMW Championship, but last week became the youngest driver to pilot a Formula 1 car. The teenager spent a day on the grounds of Duxford Imperial War museum, doing straight line tests for Lotus in August.
This will be updated as time goes on and more announcements are made.
Force India Formula 1 Team
Hispania Racing Team
Mercedes GP Petronas
Red Bull Racing
Renault F1 Team
Scuderia Toro Rosso