The Formula 1 driver market for 2014 is currently not very busy.
The teams have been dashing backwards and forwards between Europe and Asia in recent weeks and the driver market for next year has been waiting to see whether Fernando Alonso wants to sneak off to another team now that Ferrari has signed up Kimi Raikkonen.
The other variables are the future of Sergio Perez at McLaren and the folk at the Lotus F1 team waiting for money to arrive from their new backers.
The word is that as and when the money arrives the Enstone team will sign a deal with Sauber’s Nico Hülkenberg, although he may still want to hang out to see what happens with Alonso and/or Perez. McLaren has done a deal with Jenson Button, although this has yet to be announced, but Perez’s future is still unclear.
One name that is now being mentioned as a possible new F1 driver next year is that of Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen, who is a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme and a man who looks to have a big future.
He has been racing this year in the Renault 3.5 World Series and is way ahead in the championship and the signs are that McLaren would like to place him with another team for a year or so to learn more about racing Formula 1 cars.