F1 entry list for 2012 has nine blank spaces

1 December, 2011

2011 F1 drivers during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 27, 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2011 F1 drivers pose for the end of the year picture in Brazil – some will not be back…

Nov.30 (Reuters) Williams and Force India were among four teams to have no drivers named on an entry list for next year’s Formula One world championship published by the governing FIA on Wednesday.

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams in parc ferme.

Rubens Barrichello future uncertain

Williams had been expected to include at least well-funded Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado as one of their drivers but the former champions left both spaces blank, with names to be confirmed at a later date.

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, Williams’s other driver this year, is out of contract but hoping to stay on for his 20th season in the sport despite having strong rivals for the seat.

Force India, who are expected to confirm Britain’s Paul Di Resta and Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg, also left empty spaces along with HRT and Toro Rosso.

Spanish-owned HRT have already announced Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa as one of their drivers, but his name did not appear on the initial list either.

The Formula One sporting regulations decree the International Automobile Federation (FIA) must publish the list on or before Nov. 30 but teams are under no obligation to decide their drivers by that date.

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean waiting in the wings

Lotus, formerly the Renault F1 team, had only 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen listed after announcing on Tuesday that the Finn would be making a comeback with them.

Russian Vitaly Petrov, Frenchman Romain Grosjean and Brazilian Bruno Senna have all been linked to the team’s second position.

Petrov, who has a contract and has raced for the past two seasons, and his manager were meeting Lotus bosses on Wednesday to discuss his future with the team.

Lotus have now also become a British team after Renault, despite their team factory being in central England, had competed under the French flag.

Despite eight of the 12 teams being British-based, including champions Red Bull, only three (McLaren, Williams and Lotus) will compete with British licences next year.

Virgin Racing will become Russian-registered Marussia F1 while Caterham, formerly Team Lotus, compete under the Malaysian flag.

Caterham confirmed Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen and Italian Jarno Trulli, but the latter’s place remains uncertain with Red Bull-backed Australian Daniel Ricciardo linked to the team.

Red Bull’s double champion Sebastian Vettel will have the number one on his car for the second year in a row while Australian team mate Mark Webber will have the number two.

At McLaren, Jenson Button is assigned the number three with Lewis Hamilton, beaten this year for the first time in his career by a team mate over the course of a season, carrying the number four.

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List

# Drivers Team Engine
1
2
Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing
Renault
Renault
3
4
Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Mercedes
Mercedes
5
6
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Ferrari
Ferrari
7
8
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
Mercedes
Mercedes
9
10
Kimi Raikkonen
TBA
Lotus F1 Team
Lotus F1 Team
Renault
Renault
11
12
TBA
TBA
Sahara Force India F1 Team
Sahara Force India F1 Team
Mercedes
Mercedes
14
15
Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Perez
Sauber F1 Team
Sauber F1 Team
Ferrari
Ferrari
18
19
TBA
TBA
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Ferrari
Ferrari
18
19
Pastor Maldonado *
TBA
AT&T Williams
AT&T Williams
Renault
Renault
20
21
Heikki Kovalainen
Jarno Trulli
Caterham F1 Team
Caterham F1 Team
Renault
Renault
22
23
Pedro de la Rosa *
TBA
HRT F1 Team
HRT F1 Team
Cosworth
Cosworth
24
25
Timo Glock
Charles Pic
Marussia F1 Team
Marussia F1 Team
Cosworth
Cosworth

* Driver confirmed by team but not on FIA entry list at time of publication


  • kaka007

    hey….pedro de la rosa is already confirmed at HRT right………….

  • http://www.sixdeep.co.nz Kurt

    Why is there no No.13?

  • Dharmik

    The FIA Formula 1 World Championship entry list does not have a number 13. The number is generally considered to be an unlucky number.

  • Salman

    @dharmik any specific reasons for that or is just a superstition??

  • quixpeed

    @Kurt
    because it is the unlucky number, cursed… abracadabra stuff …

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