HRT team's technical boss Jacky Eeckelaert has given a few clues on the likely partner of current driver Pedro de la Rosa. Last years driver Vitantonio Liuzzi had a contract for 2012 but it has been complicated due to the team's sale to investment group Thesan Capital in July 2011.
Speaking to Belgian newspaper La Libre, Eeckelaert says "I don't think it's in the interests of the team to have a second Spanish driver" which rules out Jamie Alguersuari who according to what report you believe had already snubbed the struggling Spanish team.
"The same goes for the drivers approaching retirement," adds Eeckelaert, also ruling out Rubens Barrichello who they probably knew would not have entertained the idea of going to the back-marker team. Concerning Liuzzi, the HRT technical boss says "He hasn't really confirmed himself after several chances. We are looking more for a young driver with a lot of potential"
Drivers speculated for the role are Jerome d'Ambrosio and Vitaly Petrov. Bruno Senna seems to have the best chance of landing the vacant Williams seat with Brazil's richest businessman and Senna backer, Eike Batista saying recently Bruno already has the Williams drive. Although later denied by Bruno that a deal is done, the Brazilian must be in advanced talks as Batista saying he has the drive is a great deal more substantial than idle press speculation.
Apart from the seats available at HRT and Williams, there could also be another vacancy at Caterham as the team once again said Jarno Trulli has a contract for next year but did not confirm he will actually be racing.