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Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
Last year’s champions come into the season looking to once again defend their crown. This year will see a whole new set of challenges as Ferrari looks to build on last season, McLaren has young talent in Perez and Mercedes gets a former champion in Hamilton. Vettel will be looking to add to last year’s title and should be quick again, Webber always has something to prove and this should add to the racing.
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Ferrari can take a lot of heart from 2012’s almost Drivers Championship performance from Fernando Alonso. If Ferrari can be more competitive this season, this could be well be the year Alonso wins that elusive third drivers title.
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Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.
McLaren have let go of their golden boy Lewis Hamilton, and it could be exactly what they needed. They have a consistent driver in Button and the most exciting young driver in F1 at the moment in Perez, it’ll be interesting to see how they work together but I can’t wait to see how Perez develops.
Kimi Raikokonen and Romain Grosjean.
Kimi knows how to win and Grosjean knows how to be quick. Together they should be doing a little better – if not for Grosjean’s tendency to crash and the Lotus for losing pace as the Grand Prix goes on. If they’ve fixed these two things we should be seeing both drivers competing for a win much more regularly.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
It will be an interesting year for Mercedes. Hamilton moving to them is a coup, but who is number 1 in this team with Rosberg having been part of the team for so long? It can either see both drivers to come to the fore trying to be quicker than each other or infighting will mean one driver leaves end of the season.
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Nico Hulkenberg and Estaban Gutierrez.
Hulkenberg is a wonderful driver to watch and I think there’s still a lot more to come from this talent. Gutierrez is definitely quick having set a record number of fastest laps in last year’s GP2 season. It will be interesting how he adapts to the challenge of F1.
Sahara Force India
Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.
Di Resta was quietly impressive last year and Button-esqe in the way he took the Force India into good positions. He’ll look to grow on this in 2013. Sutil had a year out for non-racing reasons, and around that he called Hamilton a coward so will be very interesting seeing them encounter each other on track! He’s always done well in the Force India so will be interesting to see what rusty there is after a year out, I expect memorable performance from this team this year.
Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas.
Pastor was phenomenal last year, though highly inconsistent. Maybe a year in F1 will help but will be interesting if Williams can deliver such surprise performances again. Bottas is a rather unknown quantity, having been a test driver and last year’s GP3 championship winner, he knows the car well but the jump from GP3 to F1 is rather large.
Daniel Ricchardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Two drivers that need to do more this year to survive in F1. Very average years last year from both drivers and from a team that showcases young talent they’d have a lean spell. Hopefully they’ll grow into the team and we see stronger performances this year.
Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.
Pic had a very decent first year in F1 last year and will be hoping the Caterham can improve moving forward this season. Van Der Garde has been test driver for the team.
Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.
Bianchi an ex test driver for Ferrari comes from a motor racing family and coming from good championship results in Formula Renault in 2012, 2nd, and GP2 in 2011, 2nd in GP2 Asia and 3rd in the series as a whole. He looks to have talent but Marussia will have a lot to prove after a difficult 2012. Chilton is a well-known name in racing as well, and I think he could be a surprise package this year. 4th in GP2 last year he’ll have a lot to prove but looks the real deal