Who are the drivers with contracts expiring in F1 at the end of 2024? The next season, for the first time in the history of the sport, will see the same drivers on the grid as the previous one. Not only that, there have been no exchanges between teams; everyone has stayed put. A more unique than rare case, at the end of the upcoming World Championship, the driver market could return to “normality,” with a highly active driver market.
The two-year period of 2023-2024 will enjoy incredible stability in the Formula 1 grid. With all drivers staying put, changes in the driver lineup are postponed until at least the end of the next season. However, the situation seems to be heating up: the most talked-about driver might be Carlos Sainz, whose contract renewal has been postponed to the early months of 2024. Whether the Spaniard stays in Maranello, however, is far from guaranteed.
Rumors, as we know, should be taken with caution. It is said that the Spaniard would like a long-term renewal with the Red Team, but there are speculations within Ferrari about the potential arrival of Lando Norris at the end of 2025. Time will tell.
Fernando Alonso‘s contract is expiring, and his relationship with Aston Martin, after a few weeks of apparent frost due to rumors placing the Spaniard near Red Bull, seems to be solid once again. A renewal beyond 2024 seems only a matter of time.
From here onwards, the situation becomes more uncertain. Both Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda find themselves with contracts expiring at AlphaTauri. While the Australian seems rejuvenated and might even aspire to a promotion to Red Bull, it could be tougher for the Japanese driver. Tsunoda will have to prove he is up to the challenge of his Formula 1 seat. Otherwise, Liam Lawson is always ready to step in.
The most dysfunctional pair in the Circus, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, also needs to renew. The latter seems to have an option for 2025, so much will depend on Alpine’s performances. For Ocon, new opportunities outside Enstone might open up. It seems that someone in Ingolstadt is interested in the not-so-young Frenchman…
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The two seats at Williams will also be debated: if Alexander Albon is not afraid to leave the Circus and might even aspire to a better placement (Ferrari?), Logan Sargeant sees his future at risk. If the performances of the American driver do not improve, there will certainly be young talents ready to take his seat. There is also a certain Andrea Kimi Antonelli.
For Sauber, the newly christened Stake F1 Team, both drivers’ contracts will need evaluation. Valtteri Bottas is closest to reconfirmation, perhaps even after Audi’s arrival in 2026. Zhou Guanyu, on the other hand, already risked losing his seat at the end of 2023. For the Chinese driver, unless there are outstanding performances, it could be the year of farewell to Formula 1.
A critical situation also exists in Haas: both Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have contracts expiring, and it seems that Guenther Steiner is willing to keep only one. The German driver is of interest to Audi, while ready for promotion to the top tier is Oliver Bearman, who has already impressed in his test sessions with the American team and with Ferrari.