The man with surely the most test miles in recent years has signed for HRT, giving the team their desired national driver. There was some horror stories of who the new owners were thinking of placing in the team for next season (we assume alongside Luizzi).
Pedro raced for Sauber last season after many years of being the test and reserve driver for McLaren, after being replaced at Sauber at the end of the season he moved to Pirelli and got really good early mileage on the tires before returning to McLaren. He once again lived up to his “super-sub” reputation (he has sat in multiple times for McLaren over the years, most noteably in 2006) by stepping in for the race in Montreal in place of the unwell/injured Sergio Perez.
Im surprised that HRT haven’t attempted to get Red Bull to stump up money again to run super kid Daniel Ricciardo as he has put in a good showing this year. But two experienced drivers could be a sensible move if the team have the cash to develop the car this year.
Furthermore it has been reported that Virgin Marussia will run Charles Pic in the car next year, once again cashing in on the value of the second seat. (The team admitted they replaced Di Grassi due to sponsorship reasons).
In Moto GP the Suzuki team have decided not run any bikes next year and are withdrawing from the premier class of motorbike racing. They follow Aprilla, Kawasaki and Team Roberts in exiting the sport over the last 10 years. Underlining the improtance of the new CRT rules to allow concessions to independant manufactuers.