It is a good year for British fans in Formula 1 with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both in competitive cars and Max Chilton looking to be rather closer to the midfield than was the case last year.

Missing from the fun this year is Paul di Resta, the Scotsman who did a good solid job with Force India but lost out to more moneyed drivers for a seat. He is back in DTM, from whence he came.  

I am not quite sure of the status of Sam Bird, the Mercedes AMG Petronas test driver in 2013. The team does not currently list any test drivers and Bird was not to be seen in Australia (or at least I didn’t see him).

Force India reserve driver James Calado also seems to have dropped out of F1, although it is still worth keeping an eye on the 24-year-old from the Vale of Evesham. It will soon be announced that Calado has been taken on by Ferrari, to be one of its factory drivers in the World Endurance Championship. This will make him the first British Ferrari factory driver since the days of Eddie Irvine. 

Admittedly, the WEC team is not F1, but if James is quick in sports cars you can be quite sure that the folk in Gestione Sportiva will keep an eye on him and maybe even give him a chance to show his skills in an F1 simulator. The team currently uses veterans Marc Gene (39) and Pedro de la Rosa (43), along with Davide Rigon (27) and it probably needs to look at some options for the future.