As we hit the midpoint of the 2013 Formula One World Championship, rumours are already spreading around regarding the starting grid for the 2014 season, with many drivers linked to moves to other teams or being dropped. These are the current rumours spreading around the pit lane and my opinion whether they may go through or not.
One of the biggest rumours is that “Ice Man” Kimi Raikkonen could be the man current world champions Red Bull choose to replace the outgoing Aussie Mark Webber, who is leaving at the end of the season. Raikkonen has had a very stable return to the sport after a short spell in rally, and he secured a very respectable 3rd position in the drivers’ championship last year. I think Kimi has it in him to secure another world championship; having already conquered in motorsports elite competition in 2007 with the ever present Ferrari. With the raw pace and success that has come with Red Bull in the last few seasons, there is no question this would be a very good move for the Fin, as it may ignite a much more realistic title challenge. So watch this space as this is a deal which can be seen as realistic and very much possible.
Recently, Torro Rosso driver Daniel Riccardio has been testing a RB9 and performed admirably. The difference in Riccardio joining Red Bull would be he would very much play second fiddle to Sebastian Vettel, whereas Kimi would make the competition between the two drivers more intensifying. Riccardio hasn’t for me really shone out as a future world champion, he has been average in the Torro Rosso for the past two seasons, he needs to gain more points finishes in my opinion to even be considered for a move to a team higher up the grid.
A final rumour spreading around comes away from Red Bull and more towards Ferrari, the most iconic team in F1 History. Current Brazilian and long serving driver Felipe Massa has been rumoured to lose his seat at the end of the season when his current contract expires, with his replacement being touted as either Force India’s British driver Paul Di Resta or Sauber’s German powerhouse driver Nico Hulkenburg. This move would satisfy Di Resta immensely due to his Italian links with his family, and this could make his relationship with the Italian team a lot stronger and friendlier. Paul and Nico have both shown their qualities behind the wheel and I do think they could both push towards a World Championship with a competitive team, no offense to Force India and Sauber.
These are like I’ve said Rumours, and they may not all become reality, but I’d keep an eye on these rumours because I believe they can become reality very easily, a future star will shine in the next few seasons, we’ll just have to wait to find out which lucky driver that will be.