Little revealed in Thursday's press conf
Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Kovalainen, Karthikeyan, Senna and Vergne give little away about their futures
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: November 28, 2012 10:40am
Uncertain job prospects, it seems, can change even the most confident people into circumspect souls.
Although F1 drivers aren't by definition - or indeed nature - known for their caution or reserve, Thursday's Drivers Press Conference at the Buddh International Circuit served up a masterclass of discretion as Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg, Heikki Kovalainen, Narain Karthikeyan, Bruno Senna and Jean-Eric Vergne each in turn opted for privacy over any public revelations of their plans for 2013.
So, despite the six drivers summoned to face the press made uniform by the ongoing doubts about their future in the sport, what promised to be half-an-hour of illumination instead fizzled out into evasiveness and vagueness as headline-act Raikkonen declared ignorance of reports that he will soon be confirmed as a Lotus driver for next season while Hulkenberg only commented that he had no comment to make on speculation he has already agreed to leave Force India for Sauber.
Senna and Karthikeyan at least offered confirmation that they would like to remain at Williams and HRT respectively, while Vergne dared to be relatively outspoken as he claimed to be "quite confident" of staying on at Toro Rosso.
As for Kovalainen, he too pleaded indecision, although with the top-end of next year's grid all-but finalised it seems as if the Finn is now waiting on Caterham to retain his services. "Tony knows what he is getting from me, but he is evaluating other options," said Heikki. "I'm waiting and in the meantime my management is looking."
And that, by Thursday's cagey standards, was as revealing as it got.