This year the “Silly Season”, the moment when teams decide their drivers’ line-up, has been very surprising and exciting: for example, Toro Rosso replaced both drivers, Alguersuari and Buemi, who later became RBR’s reserve driver, with the young Ricciardo and Vergne. It was a brave move by the team, which answered to the criticism of the supporters saying that Toro Rosso is a team for rookies. However, rumors suggest that Alguersuari was faired from STR beause of his disagreements with Helmut Marko.
Nico Hulkenberg, after being replaced with Maldonado at Williams, spent a year as reserve driver in Force India; in 2012 he will take Sutil’s seat. This hasn’t surprised the supporters, but many of them would have prefered the German driver.
Another team that had a revolution as Toro Rosso is Lotus (the old Renault): indeed next year’s line-up will be Kimi Raikkonen (who is testing just today a Renault) and Romain Grosjean. The first one, after winning his only Championship with Ferrari in 2007 and two years of mid-crisis, with the Finnish autor of a not great 2008 season and a bad one, due to the lake of pace of Ferrari in 2009, joined in 2010 the WRC and the Nascar series, unfortunately without excellent results. The second one, instead, has already driven one year in F1 alongside Fernando Alonso in Renault, but as he was too young and unexpert, his season was far from good. So he returned to GP2 series and in 2011 he finally won the championship with a superb carreer.
As Bruno Senna was a Renault driver in the second part of 2011, after the new drivers’ announcement the fans were worried about his future. However, Williams decided to engage him in Rubens Barrichello’s seat; the Brazilian, after over 300 GPs, is now out of the Circus, even if one HRT’s seat is still uncertain and he could be the final choice, thanks to his huge experience.
The other HRT driver will be Pedro De La Rosa, who has good experience just like Rubens and has been McLaren reserve driver too. Finally, Charles Pic has joined the team Marussia. Last year the French drove in GP2 series gaining the forth place in the standings, with two wins and three podiums.