August is the time of year traditionally called 'silly season' in Formula 1, where everyone speculates on who'll end up driving for whom next season.
This year, the 'season' has been unusually quiet. Of course, the drivers at the top teams usually hold the keys to unlocking the driver market, but the big problem this time around is the fact the top seats (Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari) all look locked-in for 2015 at least.
Unless something pretty unexpected (such as Fernando Alonso following through on last year's fleeting courtship with Red Bull) happens among the big three, we need to look further down the grid to understand how the pieces may fall into place. We need to look to a former giant whose star has been on the wane recently. We need to look to McLaren.
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Ben Anderson is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor and one of our track testers. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism studies from the University of Sheffield and joined the title in March of 2008, after eight months working in local newspaper journalism for award-winning weekly the Surrey Mirror. He has raced karts and cars since the age of 11, and occasionally continues to do so around his reporting commitments for Autosport.@BenAndersonAuto More features by Ben Anderson