The publication of the official FIA Formula 1 entry list is always a bit like the ritual of opening your presents around the Christmas tree. You’ve got a pretty good idea what they contain, but you can’t quite help but be slightly surprised when you actually cut to the chase and remove the wrapping paper. I’m frankly surprised that Vitaly Petrov has not been firmly nominated as the number two at Renault alongside Robert Kubica, although I have no doubt that he soon will be.

  Equally surprising is the failure to confirm either of the Force India drivers, something which inevitably makes me think that either Adrian Sutil or Tonio Liuzzi will be given their marching orders and be replaced by recently crowned DTM champion Paul di Resta. I also hope that we will see Nico Hulkenberg’s name pop up on one of the vacant slots before the championship kicks off in Bahrain at the beginning of March. Likewise, Toro Rosso’s failure to nominate either of its drivers leaves one wondering whether no decision has been taken or whether it’s simply a case of the FIA sharing this writer’s inability to spell Jaime Alguersuari’s name correctly, something I will make my New Years’ resolution.