2013 Driver line-up as it stands

By on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

As F1 winds down for the Christmas break, here's how the 2013 driver line up is taking shape.

Sebastian Vettel will drive the coveted #1 car at Red Bull again, with Mark Webber remaining with the team he joined at the start of 2007. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa continue at Ferrari, while Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean will race for Lotus once more. The only other team to retain both of their 2012 drivers in Toro Rosso, who will head into 2013 with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne.

In the biggest move of the season, Lewis Hamilton joins Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, with Mexican driver Sergio Perez filling the vacancy at McLaren, alongside Jenson Button.

Perez's move to Sauber opens the door for compatriot Esteban Gutierrez to make the step up from reserve driver to race driver and he is joined at the team by Nico Hulkenberg, after a season of racing at Force India. Both drivers will be kept on their toes by new reserve driver and 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion, Robin Frijns.

Williams and Marussia have also promoted their reserve drivers, with 2011 GP3 champion Valtteri Bottas joining Pastor Maldonado at Williams. Marussia, now the backmarker team after HRT's demise, retain Timo Glock and he is joined by Max Chilton, who finished fourth in the 2012 GP2 season with two feature race victories.

Chilton replaces Charles Pic, who joins Caterham on a multi-year deal. His team mate is one of three drivers yet to be confirmed, although British driver Paul di Resta is a near-certainty to remain with Force India.

Vitaly Petrov, Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna and GP2 racer Giedo van der Garde are in contention for the seat alongside Pic, while Adrian Sutil could be set for a return to Force India. He faces competition from reserve driver Jules Bianchi, as well as former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari.

Of the 2012 drivers without a seat, only Michael Schumacher and Kamui Kobayashi have confirmed that they will not be on the F1 grid in 2013, although it is unlikely that either Pedro de La Rosa or Narain Karthikeyan will race in F1 again.

Valtteri Bottas joins Williams

Confirmed Teams and Drivers:

Infiniti Red Bull Racing
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Mark Webber

Scuderia Ferrari
3. Fernando Alonso
4. Felipe Massa

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
5. Jenson Button
6. Sergio Perez

Lotus F1 Team
7. Kimi Raikkonen
8. Romain Grosjean

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
9. Nico Rosberg
10. Lewis Hamilton

Sauber F1 Team
11. Nico Hulkenberg
12. Esteban Gutierrez
Reserve: Robin Frijns

Max Chilton will race for Marussia. Marussia F1 Team

Sahara Force India F1 Team
14. Paul di Resta

Williams F1 Team
16. Pastor Maldonado
17. Valtteri Bottas

Scuderia Toro Rosso
18. Daniel Ricciardo
19. Jean Eric Vergne

Caterham F1 Team
20. Charles Pic

Marussia F1 Team
22. Timo Glock
23. Max Chilton

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