F1 2020: How is the driver line-up shaping up?

Date published: August 16 2019

Valtteri Bottas joins Lewis Hamilton in calling for greater driver input on what tracks make the calendar.

Summer break means silly season is set to get into full swing…we will bring you all the confirmed drivers as the F1 2020 line-up takes shape.

With McLaren making good progress so far this season on their road to recovery, they have wasted little time in confirming that Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris have been retained for 2020. So, no room at McLaren’s inn for a certain two-time World Champion from Spain.

However, there could be two seats up for grabs within the top three teams as Valtteri Bottas and Pierre Gasly face pressure to keep hold of their places for another year.

Haas have a decision to make on whether to try something new for 2020 and away from Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, but both drivers remain confident about their respective futures for now.

Other drivers facing potential moves away are Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Williams’ Robert Kubica.

Daniel Ricciardo was the driver who caused the ripple effect last season following his shock switch from Red Bull to Renault.

As for now, we watch this space as to who will trigger ‘silly season’ once and for all.

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Mercedes drivers 2020

It is a familiar dilemma for Toto Wolff and Mercedes as they decide whether to stick or twist on Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate for the 2020 season. Reserve and development driver Esteban Ocon is waiting in the wings…

Lewis Hamilton: Contract with Mercedes until end of 2020

Valtteri Bottas: TBC

Ferrari drivers 2020

With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc tied down to long-term deals, it appears there will be an unchanged line-up at the Scuderia for the 2020 season.

The only (unlikely) twist could be Vettel announcing his retirement at the end of the year. The rumours began soon after the start of the season, but he has continuously denied there is any truth to them.

Sebastian Vettel: Contract with Ferrari until 2021

Charles Leclerc: Contract with Ferrari until 2022

Red Bull drivers 2020

Red Bull are all set to keep hold of Max Verstappen until at least the end of the 2020 season. Many were dreaming of a potential Verstappen/Hamilton line-up at Mercedes but more patience will be need. Verstappen’s rock-solid form, including two wins this season, means all reported exit clauses are no longer valid.

There was a much, much larger question hanging over Pierre Gasly after a string of poor performances and has been demoted to Toro Rosso for the rest of the 2019 campaign.

Max Verstappen: Contract with Red Bull until 2021

Alexander Albon: Promoted to Red Bull from Spa onward with an eye to a 2020 drive

McLaren drivers 2020

All calm at McLaren. It is a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it as Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were quickly announced as McLaren’s pairing again for the 2020 season.

Carlos Sainz: Confirmed for the 2020 season

Lando Norris: Confirmed for the 2020 season

Toro Rosso drivers 2020

Toro Rosso team principal, Franz Tost, has stated his intention of keeping both Alex Albon and Daniil Kvyat for the 2020 campaign, but both drivers will be eyeing an opportunity to make the jump up to the senior Red Bull team.

Albon’s audition will begin after the summer break with ruthless Red Bull confirming a mid-season swap with Pierre Gasly.

Pierre Gasly: TBC

Daniil Kvyat: TBC

Renault drivers 2020

Daniel Ricciardo will be staying put with Renault until the end of next season at the very least. Renault have openly said that Nico Hulkenberg needs to prove himself if he is to keep hold of his seat for 2020.

The French manufacturer will certainly have an eye on Esteban Ocon if he fails to land an opportunity at Mercedes.

Daniel Ricciardo: Contract with Renault until 2021

Nico Hulkenberg: TBC

Alfa Romeo drivers 2020

Kimi Raikkonen will be sticking around for another season (thank God) with Alfa Romeo after signing a two-year deal when Ferrari decided to swap him for Charles Leclerc. The jury is still out on team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi…

Kimi Raikkonen: Contract with Alfa Romeo until 2021

Antonio Giovinazzi: TBC

SportPesa Racing Point F1 drivers 2020

Sergio Perez is said to be close to signing a new deal to remain at SportPesa Racing Point and Lance Stroll certainly will not be going anywhere with his father in charge of the team.

Sergio Perez: TBC

Lance Stroll:  TBC

Haas drivers 2020

Big decision time for Haas which has become even more pressing given Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have a tendency to bash into each other during races. After struggling throughout the 2019 season, a fresh face or two could breathe some new life into the American outfit.

Romain Grosjean:  TBC

Kevin Magnussen: TBC

Williams drivers 2020

Williams are absolutely determined to keep hold of Mercedes driver George Russell, but Robert Kubica’s fairytale return to Formula 1 could be cut short. He has been very much in Russell’s shadow this season and Williams have reserve driver Nicholas Latifi poised to replace him.

George Russell: Has ‘multi-year’ contract with Williams

Robert Kubica:  TBC

Let us know in the comments what your ideal 2020 driver line-up would look like.

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