The new Formula One season revs into gear this weekend, but who’s who and which team will be employing those hopeful drivers this year?

This is a quick summary of the key facts you need to know about the first six drivers for 2012.

 

 

Mercedes

7. Michael Schumacher (GER)

43 years old

Former World Champion with Benetton (1994, 1995) and Ferrari (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)

He finished eighth in 2011 with 76 points.

Former F1 Employers: Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari

 

8. Nico Rosberg (GER)

26 years old

Best Championship result: seventh with Williams and Mercedes

He finished seventh in 2011 with a score of 89 points.

Former F1 employers: BMW, Williams

 

Lotus

 

9. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)

32 years old

Former World Champion with Ferrari (2007)

Took a break from F1 from 2009-2011

Former F1 employers: Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari

10. Romain Grosjean (FRA)

25 years old

Youngster

He has competed in seven races in his entire F1 career.

Former F1 employers: Renault

 

Force India

11. Paul di Resta (GBR)

25 years old

Youngster

He finished last season in thirteenth with 27 points.

Started his F1 career with Force India

 

12. Nico Hulkenberg (GER)

24 years old

Youngster

Last season he was the Force India Test Driver.

Former F1 employers: Williams

 

Check back at What Culture throughout the weekend as we run further analysis on the rest of the drivers for this year’s F1 season. You can check out driver analysis of the first 1-7 candidates HERE.

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This article was first posted on March 16, 2012