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GP Week : Issue 174
EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott firstname.lastname@example.org RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes email@example.com STAFF WRITER: Adam Leveridge PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden email@example.com PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton email@example.com n Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK F1 >>> NEWS It was Lewis Hamilton’s decision to make the move from McLaren to Mercedes which set the driver market moving this season. And when Michael Schumacher confirmed his retirement in Japan, there was one less man chasing the empty seats on the grid. Between the Indian and Abu Dhabi grands prix, three more drivers confirmed their positions for the 2013 season. Toro Rosso drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo will be staying with their current team, while Nico Hulkenberg is making the move from Force India to Sauber. “I am really pumped to know that I am continuing with Scuderia Toro Rosso for another season and want to thank the team and Red Bull,” Daniel Ricciardo said when the news was announced. “There are big expectations for next year and I’m ready and willing to fulfil them. I feel I have been growing and developing as a driver and my approach to the technical side of the sport has also progressed this year, so I am sure that will ser ve me well in my second season with Toro Rosso. We have had quite a tough season, but despite that, I have always enjoyed a good relationship with all the guys and I am delighted at the idea of working with them for another year.” “I am really happy about this great news,” Jean-Eric Vergne said. “Thank you Toro Rosso and thank you Red Bull, who have backed me since the early days of my career. It has been a difficult season and, as a rookie, I have learned a lot, thanks to the support I got and the excellent relationship I have enjoyed with all the guys. I feel much stronger now and I know I have become a better driver over the course of the season. I really believe in this team and with all the experience I have gained, combined with the team’s ambitious plans for next year, I think we can look for ward to great things in 2013, attacking all the way.” Hulkenberg, meanwhile, will be making a seemingly sideways step to Sauber, in a move that makes sense to everyone except his current teammate, Paul di Resta. “I’m really looking for ward to working with the Sauber F1 Team,” said Nico Hulkenberg. “It’s a well-placed team and very competitive. Plus it’s a team in which young drivers have repeatedly delivered exceptional performances. I would like to take up that baton. The Sauber F1 Team is currently going through a very positive development and I’m certain that together we can achieve a lot. Until that time I will remain fully focused on my job with the Sahara Force India Team. I’d like to thank the management at Sahara Force India for giving me the chance to return to Formula One as a team driver.” With Toro Rosso confirmed and Sauber half full, the only remaining seats on the grid can be found towards the back, with two seats remaining at Force India and Williams in the mid-field and one at Sauber. Williams are almost certain to announce Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas for next year, while Caterham are rumoured to be close to confirming Giedo van der Garde and either Charles Pic or Bruno Senna. 2013 GRID ALL-BUT SETTLED SETTLED: Hamilton to Merc Hulkenberg to Sauber Ricciardo and Vergne to stay with Toro Rosso Schumacher retired 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: