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No HRT as 2013 F1 entry list revealed

2 December 2012

The demise of the HRT team has moved a step closer after the Spanish outfit was missing from the 2013 entry list revealed by the FIA.

HRT has been searching for a buyer after being put up for sale by owners Thesan Capital last month, with reports suggesting that the shutdown of the team has already started despite the ongoing search for someone new to take control.

It would now appear that that search has come to nothing after the FIA revealed an entry list featuring just 22 cars, with HRT seemingly set to become the first team since Super Aguri to close its doors.

The actual entry list itself includes a number of 'TBA' despite announcements having already been made by teams throughout the paddock.

The actual gaps come at Lotus, Force India, Caterham and Marussia; all of whom still have drives available. Lotus however are widely expected to retain Romain Grosjean, Force India are set to keep Paul di Resta in one of its cars and Max Chilton is working to secure a drive alongside Timo Glock - himself listed as a TBA - at Marussia.

Amongst the 'TBA' brigade on the entry list, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez have already been confirmed by Sauber, Charles Pic has swapped Marussia for Caterham, while Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will remain with Toro Rosso for a second season in 2013.

All that remains in those cases is for the respective teams to confirm the numbers that each driver will run.

2013 F1 entry list:

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault
2. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault

3. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari
4. Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari

5. Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes
6. Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes

7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 Team Lotus-Renault
8. TBA Lotus F1 Team Lotus-Renault

9. Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes
10. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes

11. TBA Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari
12. TBA Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari

14. TBA Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes
15. TBA Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes

16. Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 Team Williams-Renault
17. Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 Team Williams-Renault

18. TBA Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-Ferrari
19. TBA Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-Ferrari

20. TBA Caterham F1 Team Caterham-Renault
21. TBA Caterham F1 Team Caterham-Renault

22. TBA Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Cosworth
23. TBA Marussia F1 Team Marussia-Cosworth


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