Last year, there was only one driver change in between seasons. Most teams opting to maintain their line-up due to the huge change in regulations. The only change was David Coulthard retiring, Sebastian Vettel replacing him, and Sébastien Buemi replacing Vettel.
The upcoming 2010 Formula One season couldn't be more different. There are four new teams, with two current teams withdrawing. Only three out of twelve teams have announced both of their drivers, with less than half of the seats currently filled. The reigning World Champion is still yet to take his seat, as is the 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.
I'll try to bring some order to the silly season chaos in this entry, and speculate on where the drivers without drives will end up when the roulette wheel comes to a stop.
1. Jenson BUTTON (Great Britain)Mercedes Grand Prix (Brawn GP)
2. Lewis HAMILTON (Great Britain)
3. Nico ROSBERG (Germany)Red Bull Racing Renault
4. Michael SCHUMACHER (Germany)
5. Sebastian VETTEL (Germany)Scuderia Ferrari
6. Mark WEBBER (Australia)
7. Felipe MASSA (Brazil)Williams Cosworth
8. Fernando ALOSNO (Spain)
9. Rubens BARRICHELLO (Brazil)Renault
10. Nico HULKENBERG (Germany)
11. Robert KUBICA (Poland)Force India Mercedes
12. Vitaly PETROV (Russia)
14. Adrian SUTIL (Germany)Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
15. Vitantonio LIUZZI (Italy)
16. Sébastien BUEMI (Switzerland)Lotus F1 Racing Cosworth (New)
17. Jaime ALGUERSUARI (Spain)
18. Jarno TRULLI (Italy)Campos Meta 1 Cosworth (New)
19. Heikki KOVALAINEN (Finland)
20. ____________________US F1 Cosworth (New)
21. Bruno SENNA (Brazil)
22. ____________________Virgin Racing Cosworth (New)
23. Jose Maria LOPEZ (Argentinia)
24. Timo GLOCK (Germany)Sauber Ferarri (Formerly BMW Sauber)
25. Lucas DI GRASSI (Brazil)
26. Kamui KOBAYASHI (Japan)
27. Pedro DE LA ROSA (Spain)
Now that we know what spaces are available, we also need to know what drivers are chasing those seats. Before I go into the rumours, I'll list the drivers without drives.
Current Formula One Drivers Without a Drive
Kazuki NAKAJIMA (Japan)Former Formula One Drivers Potentially Returning
Romain GROSJEAN (France)
Alexander WURZ (Austria)Drivers New to Formula One
Anthony DAVIDSON (Great Britain)
Jacques VILLENEUVE (Canada)
Ralf SCHUMACHER (Germany)
Takuma SATO (Japan)
Adam CARROLL (Great Britain)Current Drivers Confirmed as Not in Formula One Next Year
Karun CHANDHOK (India)
Pastor MALDONADO (Venezuela)
Kimi RAIKKONEN (Finland)
With twenty five drivers listed, and many more I have forgotten to list, and only fourteen open spaces remaining on the 2010 Formula One grid, it is clear why the line-up's are still remaining to be filled. That's not to say that negotiations aren't taking place. I'll now attempt to sum up the rumours...
- Kazuki Nakajima didn't impress much in his two year stint in Formula One. If he's lucky he can get a drive with a new team. If not, he'll not return.
- Romain Grosjean is very likely on his way out of Formula One. Renault weren't impressed with him last year, and no other team seems interested.
- Alexander Wurz has been linked to the USF1 team, and also tried to set up his own Formula One team. It's unlikely he'll return.
- Anthony Davidson was a fantastic driver with the small Super Aguri team, and has been linked with Manor Grand Prix. If he does get a drive, I'll be slightly sad since he is currently doing a fantastic job as a part of the BBC Commentary team, but I will of course wish him the best of luck!
- Jacques Villeneuve has been closely linked with a drive at USF1, with the American team failing to find an American driver good enough for Formula One, it's understood that they're willing to settle for a Canadian.
- Takuma Sato has been linked with several of the new teams, Manor being the likely target.
That's all of the rumours that spring to mind immediatly. As more appear, I'll add them to the comments section, and as drivers are confirmed I'll update the list up top. It looks like 2010 will be an exciting year in Formula One, but we may need to wait a few months to learn just who will be driving.