For the first time in Formula 1, there could be no driver changes from one season to the next as just one seat is yet to be confirmed for the 2024 grid.
One of F1‘s most dominant and predictable seasons is set to have an unsurprising Silly Season too, unless there is a sudden change at Red Bull or Aston Martin – more on that later.
With several new F1 contracts dished out in 2023, find out what the grid will look like in 2024, when there will be a lot more driver movement talk.
Red Bull: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
Max Verstappen is nailed down at Red Bull until 2028 and Sergio Perez has a contract to stay at Red Bull until 2024, which he signed in 2022.
But, if Perez continues to underperform in the final events of the season, it’s possible Red Bull could stun the paddock and replace him. If one team is going to do it, it’s Red Bull.
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were announced to be teammates together until the end of 2025, just before F1‘s new technical regulations come into force.
If the pair continue to get close to each other on track and their relationship turns sour, this is something to keep an eye on over the course of 2024 as it may trigger a big driver change.
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz both have contracts with Ferrari until the end of 2024, so this is where the dominoes may begin to fall.
Similarly to Mercedes, any on or off track scuffles between the drivers next year will likely see one of Leclerc or Sainz leave the team.
Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll
Fernando Alonso joined Aston Martin on a two-year deal, so his contract also expires at the end of 2024. Aston Martin will need to decide if they continue with Alonso as their star man, or bring in a younger driver.
Lance Stroll‘s contract is undisclosed and there have been reports he may leave F1 after 2023. A lot also depends on how far Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll wants to put his son first before signing a driver with more quality. Just like Red Bull though, the current driver pairing it set to stay for another year.
McLaren: Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri
Lando Norris has a contract until the end of 2025 while Oscar Piastri became just the second driver to commit to a team for the new 2026 regulations.
Piastri signed a new deal with McLaren before the 2023 Japanese GP. Only himself and Verstappen have a contract beyond 2025.
Alpine: Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly
The first real signs of tension between Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly were seen during the 2023 Japanese GP as the latter was furious with team orders and having to let his teammate through.
But, Ocon and Gasly both have contracts until the end of 2024, so will spend a second campaign together as teammates.
Williams: Alex Albon and TBC
Alex Albon has a Williams contract for 2024 but the only genuine intrigue on the whole grid for next season is who will his teammate be?
Williams have backed Logan Sargeant but he crashed yet again at the 2023 Japanese GP and in the race he tagged Valtteri Bottas.
If it’s not Sargeant, Felipe Drugovich is favourite to take his seat after a year out of full-time racing following his 2022 Formula 2 triumph.
Mick Schumacher is understood to not be an option for Williams, but Mercedes and Toto Wolff are pushing the German for a drive. Schumacher is currently Mercedes‘ reserve driver.
Haas: Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen
Experienced is the name of the game as Haas with Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen both retaining their seats until the end of 2024.
Haas could also be sponsored by Alfa Romeo next season as the Italian company leave Sauber at the end of this year. Talks are ongoing.
Sauber: Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu
Valtteri Bottas has a contract for 2024 and 2025, while Zhou Guanyu got the nod for a third season at the team, which leaves Formula 2 championship leader Theo Pourchaire without a seat in F1.
As Audi prepares to take over from 2026, Alfa Romeo will depart Sauber as the team’s title sponsor after the current season. It’s expected the outfit will just be called Sauber, as they were before Alfa Romeo came on board in 2019.
AlphaTauri: Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda
Daniel Ricciardo‘s future in F1 is secure as he and Yuki Tsunoda were announced as AlphaTauri’s drivers for 2024.
It leaves Liam Lawson on the sidelines, but surely his impressive performances will see him back in an F1 car at some point in 2024 or 2025 at the latest.
F1 2024 Confirmed Grid
|Red Bull||Max Verstappen||Sergio Perez|
|Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton||George Russell|
|Ferrari||Charles Leclerc||Carlos Sainz|
|Aston Martin||Fernando Alonso||Lance Stroll|
|McLaren||Lando Norris||Oscar Piastri|
|Alpine||Esteban Ocon||Pierre Gasly|
|Haas||Nico Hulkenberg||Kevin Magnussen|
|Alfa Romeo||Valtteri Bottas||Zhou Guanyu|
|AlphaTauri||Daniel Ricciardo||Yuki Tsunoda|