It is only four races into the 2012 F1 season but there is already talk of 2013 driver moves. Recently the rumour going about the paddock is that Red Bull’s Mark Webber has signed a pre-contract agreement to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari. Webber isn’t the only driver being linked to Ferrari, Sauber driver Sergio Perez has been linked with the drive and it seems he is more likely to get it as he is a member of the Ferrari Drivers Academy and he has impressed them so far this year.
Lewis Hamilton will be out of contract at McLaren at the end of the season and may look for a new challenge though he has been with the team since he was young. If he does leave McLaren it will be fascinating to see where he ends up with possible seats up for grabs at Red Bull, Ferrari and other leading teams.
If Hamilton does leave McLaren, It is quite difficult to see who they would sign to replace him, there could be a straight swap with Red Bull involving Mark Webber joining McLaren and Lewis going to Red Bull or else even Kimi Raikkonen who could get out of his contract a year early to rejoin his former team.
Michael Schumacher is coming to the end of his second F1 career and he is unlikely to renew his deal at Mercedes.This won’t be helped by his thoughts on the Pirelli tyres and his lack of success since he came back. Waiting in the wings for that seat is Scotland’s Paul Di Resta, The Force India driver has a close bond with Mercedes having driven for them in DTM before he reached F1. It would be great to see Paul in a car that will be racing for podiums and possible race wins.