Originally written on SpeedRead  |  Last updated 9/27/14
Well, it's all gotten a bit silly this weekend, hasn't it? Here's a mix of fact and an outsider's opinion as to where everyone will be when the music stops. Red Bull Sebastian Vettel Daniel Ricciardo Ferrari Fernando Alonso Kimi Raikkonen Mercedes Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton STR Jean-Eric Vergne Daniil Kvyat Williams Felipe Massa Valtteri Bottas McLaren Jenson Button Kevin Magnussen to McLaren, Perez out Lotus Romain Grosjean continues Nico Hulkenberg or Pastor Maldonado, depending on money Marussia Jules Bianchi Hard to say, Max Chilton would like to come back, but it all depends on who can bring the most cash. There will be a lot of odd men out this year, and a lot of them bring financing. Sauber Sergey Sirotkin if he can get the super license, Vitaly Petrov if he can't, and the Russian backers insist on a Russian. Possibly both. Esteban Gutierrez has shown ability in the second half, has the Telmex backing, but, could Sergio Perez return for the same reason? Nico Hulkenberg seems least likely. Force India Adrian Sutil has always been favored, can't imagine that changing. Paul di Resta has had a difficult season, is being passed over for the big seats, and Hulkenberg could find himself back here if he misses out on Lotus. Force India has always stressed the best available drivers, and Hulkenberg could be ahead of di Resta. It always seems the day will come when Force India runs out of money, but it hasn't happened yet. Caterham Really hard to tell. Heikki Kovalainen seems to be favored, if the team can afford him. Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde have not been spectacular, so either or both may return, or then again, may not. Would love to see American Alexander Rossi get a shot, but I have no idea of knowing if the team could afford it or would be willing to do it. If I had to guess, I'd say not. In short, this is a really harsh business. Last year Sergio Perez was on the fast track, now he's the latest Heikki Kovalainen. Nico Hulkenberg faces a make or break. With paths bloacked at Mercedes and Ferrari, Lotus is the last hope. Paul di Resta? Blocked. Meanwhile, unknown quanities slip into the big seats at McLaren and Red Bull. Economics mean Hulkenberg may lose out to Maldonado, and Sirotkin takes a coveted Sauber seat. Crazy.
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