FORMULA ONE bosses are placing collectively the ending touches on the calendar for the 2021 season.
Whereas Lewis Hamilton has but to signal his Mercedes deal, nearly all of seats with the massive groups have been crammed.
Hamilton is but to signal a brand new deal to proceed his relationship with Bottas at MercedesCredit score: AFP
However there are nonetheless loads of locations on the grid nonetheless accessible.
With the hearsay mill cranking into motion, we have a look at who might find yourself the place subsequent season…
Lewis Hamilton – Anticipated to signal
Valtteri Bottas – Confirmed for subsequent season
The world champions plan to stay with a profitable partnership – and who might blame them?
Whereas Bottas is already signed up, it’s anticipated that Hamilton will do the identical.
Sainz, proper, will change Vettel to affix Leclerc at FerrariCredit score: AFP or licensors
Charles Leclerc – Confirmed for subsequent season
Carlos Sainz – (from McLaren) Confirmed for subsequent season
A brand new pairing for the Italian workforce as Sainz arrives alongside Leclerc.
However if you happen to hearken to Ferrari, victories will nonetheless be a good distance off, given their engine-power deficit.
Albon will hope to proceed partnering Verstappen at Crimson BullCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Max Verstappen – Long run contract with the workforce
Alex Albon – Contract with the workforce however it’s unsure if he might be within the automobile subsequent season.
An alternative choice may very well be Nico Hulkenberg, who has impressed when he has crammed in at Racing Level.
Pierre Gasly might additionally make the transfer again from AlphaTauri.
Ricciardo might be joined by Lando Norris at McLaren for 2021Credit score: Splash Information
Daniel Ricciardo (from Renault) Confirmed for subsequent season
Lando Norris – Confirmed for subsequent season
McLaren look to have a wonderful partnership in these two, plus they will even use Mercedes engines subsequent season too.
Podiums needs to be achievable.
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Alonso might be again at Renault in 2021 – joined by Esteban OconCredit score: AFP – Getty
Fernando Alonso – Confirmed for subsequent season
Esteban Ocon – Confirmed for subsequent season
Alonso’s return is a lift to Renault following Ricciardo’s departure.
Can the Spaniard flip them into common winners?
He’s anticipated to be paired with Frenchman Esteban Ocon, though Gasly has additionally been talked about.
Vettel might be joined by Stroll at Aston Martin after leaving FerrariCredit score: Splash Information
Sebastian Vettel – Confirmed for subsequent season
Lance Stroll – Confirmed for subsequent season
Racing Level might be rebranded and with it comes a brand new, skilled face in Vettel.
Stroll will preserve his place within the workforce by advantage of him being the proprietor’s son.
AlphaTauri’s line-up is unknown, however they may promote F2 star Yuki TsunodaCredit score: Alamy Reside Information
With Gasly, Albon, Daniil Kvyat all beneath contract at Crimson Bull, the sister workforce might persist with their line up.
Or an alternative choice could be to advertise Yuki Tsunoda, who has impressed in Formulation 2.
Mick Schumacher might race for Haas subsequent season with Magnussen and Grosjean outCredit score: Alamy Reside Information
Haas boss, Guenther Steiner, is weighing up his choices with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean out.
Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Mick Schumacher have been listed as attainable replacements.
F2 star Nikita Mazepin – son of a Russian billionaire, Dmitry Mazepin – is one other within the body.
Kimi Raikkonen is out out contract by Alfa Romeo are prone to retain himCredit score: Reuters
Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi are each out of contract subsequent season, but sources within the paddock suppose the Finn might be retained.
As for his team-mate? Ferrari juniors Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman may very well be attainable choices.
Russell and Latifi are the confirmed racers for Williams in 2021Credit score: Splash Information
George Russell – Confirmed for subsequent season
Nicholas Latifi – Confirmed for subsequent season
Each drivers anticipate to stay within the workforce, however that mentioned there are many ideas that Perez might change Russell, who’s on mortgage from Mercedes.
Perez would herald sponsorship cash for the workforce’s new house owners.