Saturday, 2 March 2013 by

2013 Driver Lineup Finalised

The driver line up took some time to finalise. Force India appeared to have the final seat left on the grid. They had a choice between Adrian Sutil or Jules Bianchi. Adrian Sutil previously raced for Force India before loosing out to Nico Hulkenburg in 2011, leaving him without a drive. Jules Bianchi meanwhile was a long term test driver for Force India. The team eventually picked Sutil, leaving Bianchi out of a race seat. Meanwhile, Luiz Razia was set to drive for Marussia but his sponsorship money was not forthcoming. Marussia decided to drop him in favour of Bianchi, completing the field for 2013.

2013 now sees the biggest change in lineup since 2010. With Schumacher leaving and Hamilton joining Mercedes, this left a seat free at McLaren. Perez took it, leaving his Sauber to be filled by Nico Hulkenburg who moved from Force India. Kobayashi retires, replaced by Gutierrez and Senna retires, replaced by Bottas.

2013 Driver Lineup
Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
McLaren
Jenson Button
Sergio Pérez [Moved from Sauber]
Ferrari
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen
Romain Grosjean
Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton [Moved from McLaren]
Nico Rosberg
Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg [Moved from Force India]
Esteban Gutiérrez [New addition]
Force India
Paul di Resta
Adrian Sutil [New addition]
Williams
Pastor Maldonado
Valtteri Bottas [New Addition]
Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo
Jean-Éric Vergne
Catherham
Charles Pic
Giedo Van Der Garde
Marussia
Jules Bianchi
Max Chilton

Retiring Drivers
Mercedes
Micheal Schumacher
Sauber
Kamui Kobayashi
Williams
Bruno Senna
Catherham
Vitaly Petrov
Heikki Kovalainen
Marussia
Timo Glock
HRT
Narain Karthikeyan
Pedro de la rosa