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What does the 2025 F1 driver lineup appear to be?


The 2024 Formulation 1 season made historical past for the game when the primary race started. When the lights went out to start out the Bahrain Grand Prix, it was the primary time in F1 historical past that the drivers who ended the earlier season had been the identical precise drivers — in the identical precise spots — when the following 12 months started.

Nonetheless, the season additionally started with modifications looming on the horizon. Not solely was over half of the grid starting the 12 months on an expiring contract, the stunning information that Lewis Hamilton can be leaving Mercedes for Ferrari on the finish of 2024 kicked the F1 “foolish season” into overdrive.

Slowly, subsequent 12 months’s lineup is rounding into form. The information that Purple Bull reached a brand new two-year deal implies that over half of the grid is now set for 2025.

So how does the 2025 F1 driver lineup look? Right here is the way it stands in the mean time, with 9 spots nonetheless formally up for grabs.

This piece will probably be up to date as new contracts are introduced.

Alpine

Alpine entered the 2024 F1 season with two drivers on the ultimate 12 months of their contracts, in Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon. With Ocon and Alpine asserting forward of the Canadian Grand Prix that they may “half methods” on the finish of the 2024 season, one seat is formally vacant for 2025. Rumors persist about Gasly’s future with the group, however with the Ocon announcement the group may look to retain him for 2025, to maintain some stage of continuity inside the group.

Earlier this week we took a take a look at potential choices for Alpine for at the least Ocon’s present seat.

Replace: Forward of the Austrian Grand Prix Alpine introduced that Gasly will probably be again for 2025 on a brand new “multi-year” deal.

  • Pierre Gasly – “Multi-year” contract
  • TBD

Aston Martin

Aston Martin is likely one of the few groups at the moment with a lineup set for 2025. Fernando Alonso entered the 12 months on the ultimate season of his present contract, however the events just lately introduced a brand new “multi-year contract.” As for Lance Stroll, his contract standing is one thing of a thriller, however it’s understood that he’s on a rolling contract, one which has been described within the media as “indefinite.”

Replace: Forward of the Austrian Grand Prix Aston Martin confirmed that Stroll will probably be again for 2025 on a brand new “multi-year” deal.

  • Fernando Alonso — “Multi-year” contract via at the least 2026
  • Lance Stroll — “Multi-year” contract

Haas

Just like Alpine, Haas is one other group that entered the 12 months with a pair of drivers on the ultimate 12 months of their offers, and now is aware of for sure that one spot is open for 2025. Nico Hülkenberg introduced forward of the Miami Grand Prix that he was shifting to Sauber for 2025 and past, forward of that group changing into the Audi works outfit in 2026. Kevin Magnussen is within the closing 12 months of his deal, and it stays unclear if he will probably be retained for 2025.

A reputation that has been typically linked with at the least one spot at Haas for 2025? Ferrari academy driver and super-sub Oliver Bearman.

Ferrari

Ferrari kicked off the F1 foolish season within the winter, when the gorgeous announcement got here that Lewis Hamilton can be leaving Mercedes for Ferrari on the conclusion of the 2024 season. With the group having already introduced a brand new deal for Charles Leclerc, Ferrari’s lineup is ready for 2025 … and past.

  • Charles Leclerc — “Multi-year” contract
  • Lewis Hamilton — “Multi-year” contract

McLaren

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Final October I sat down with McLaren CEO Zak Brown for an unique interview, and at the moment the group boss informed me in no unsure phrases that in Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri the group has the very best driver duo on the grid.

So it ought to come as no shock that the group labored over the previous few months to increase Norris, guaranteeing each drivers are with the group into the brand new period of F1 laws.

  • Lando Norris — “Multi-year” contract
  • Oscar Piastri — Contract via 2026

Mercedes

Close to the top of final season it appeared Mercedes would take pleasure in a interval of stability, or at the least via the 2025 season. With George Russell signed till the top of the 2025 marketing campaign, and Lewis Hamilton including two extra years to a deal that was set to run out on the finish of 2024, the Silver Arrows regarded set.

That modified with the Hamilton information. Now the group is contemplation choices for the seat subsequent to Russell, and sure trying to lengthen Russell past his present deal.

Numerous choices have been linked with this second seat at Mercedes, with many indicators pointing to phenom Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

  • George Russell — Contract via 2025
  • TBD

Purple Bull

Whereas the stunning Hamilton announcement formally kicked off the 2025 F1 foolish season hypothesis, in reality it started properly earlier than that. Sergio Pérez’s mid-season struggles throughout 2023, notably in qualifying, led to rampant hypothesis concerning his future with Purple Bull. Whereas he started the season on a deal set to run out on the finish of 2024, there have been sure corners of the F1 world that questioned if he would even see the beginning of 2024 with the group, or if he can be probably sacked mid-season attributable to poor type.

Purple Bull ended that hypothesis forward of the Canadian Grand Prix, asserting a brand new two-year take care of Pérez that may preserve him with the group via 2026.

As for the opposite Purple Bull driver, absent a seismic transfer that seat is locked up for a very long time.

  • Max Verstappen — Contract via 2028
  • Sergio Pérez — Contract via 2026

Sauber

Sauber entered 2024 with a driver lineup of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, two drivers on expiring offers.

Now certainly one of their seats is ready for 2025 and past, because the group introduced again in April that Nico Hülkenberg can be becoming a member of the group for subsequent season. With Sauber set to turn out to be the Audi works operation in 2026, pairing a German driver with a German producer makes a deal of sense.

Nonetheless, who his teammate will probably be subsequent 12 months is a matter of debate.

  • Nico Hülkenberg — “Multi-year” contract via 2026
  • TBD

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Three drivers, two seats.

That’s how the 12 months started for VCARB, as Daniel Ricciardo, Yuki Tsunoda, and Liam Lawson all offered viable choices for the group. Finally, the group went with Ricciardo and Tsunoda, each of whom are on expiring contracts. Will VCARB convey each again for 2025, or make modifications?

Replace: Forward of the Canadian Grand Prix VCARB introduced that Tsunoda will probably be again for 2025.

  • Yuki Tsunoda — Contract via 2025
  • TBD

Williams

A stunning seventh-place end within the 2023 Constructors’ Championship noticed Williams run it again this 12 months with each Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant. Like final 12 months, nonetheless, the beginning has been gradual for the group. Throughout 2023 Williams notched a single level within the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, and didn’t rating once more till the Canadian Grand Prix, when Albon completed seventh.

This season Williams lastly broke via with factors within the Monaco Grand Prix with Albon’s ninth-place end.

The group introduced a contract extension for Albon earlier this season, however who his teammate will probably be in 2025 is a matter but to be determined.

  • Alexander Albon — “Multi-year” contract via at the least 2026
  • TBD

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