Driver Speculation Update: Massa gets signed!

There’s more drivers’ seat news coming from F1 as Felipe Massa has secured a continuation of his contract at Ferrari. As a result, a number of my driver speculation scenarios have once again flown out the window. Here’s the updated chart and what it means (in all scenarios, it’s assumed that Robert Kubica will take over for Jaime Alguersuari as Pirelli’s test driver).

  • Scenario B: Alguersuari has been in talks with Caterham for a driver’s seat and Grosjean’s future at Lotus is still a bit of a mystery. It’s entirely possible that Heikki Kovalainen could be replacing Grosjean at Lotus, if the team has gotten fed up with Romain. However, Tony Fernandes has been very confident about Heikki continuing at Caterham, which means that Alguersuari may serve as Heikki’s team-mate if Vitaly Petrov leaves the team.
  • Scenario G: With the seat open at Sauber after Sergio Perez’s departure at the end of the season, it’s possible Alguersuari will be Kamui Kobayashi’s team-mate next season. Jaime is known to have been in talks with Sauber.
  • Scenario H: Rather than Jaime, Sauber will pick Heikki as Perez’s replacement and Jaime will get Kovalainen’s seat at Caterham.
  • Scenario I: This is really just a combination of Scenarios B and H, but Grosjean may downgrade to the Sauber team at the end of the season, leaving a Lotus seat open for Heikki.

The updated speculation chart is below. Click the image to view in full size.