Watch out Sebastien Buemi! Here comes Daniel Ricciardo, and he’s after your driving seat. Jaime Alguersuari ought to be careful too. By confirming Ricciardo as their test driver for 2011, Toro Rosso have also confirmed their driver line-up.
But after his spectacular young driver test in Abu Dhabi, and speculation from the media, Ricciardo could easily snatch up one of the other drivers’ seats. Buemi started 2010 strong, falling off towards the end, and needs to work hard to retain his place. Alguersuari has only improved since he began F1, and needs to show he’s still got it.
Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado look like they’ll be confirming their contracts for Force India and Williams, respectively, in the next few days. It’s a shame Maldonado couldn’t come into Williams in a better light. With it being Hulkenberg he’s replacing, he is going to an unpopular driver on the grid. Support for Williams, despite Rubens Barrichello, could be hit badly.