It’s never too early to look to the future, and while the 2023 silly season was something of a damp squib, expect 2024 to be something a fair bit livelier as the F1 2025 grid fills up.
Only seven drivers currently have contracts until the 2025 campaign, leaving 13 seats available for what will almost certainly leave room open for several bold team moves and reshuffles on the F1 grid next season – though there is still plenty to be decided between now and then.
Here is a breakdown of every team on the grid and the current state of play over their seats for the F1 2025 season:
Max Verstappen (Contract until end of 2028 season)
Verstappen signed a mega six-year contract extension after his first title-winning season with Red Bull, and he will barely be halfway through it by the time he reaches 2025 – but with Sergio Perez out of contract at the end of 2024, the onus is on the Mexican to perform to keep hold of his seat, with that second Red Bull no doubt one of the most sought-after in Formula 1.
George Russell (Contract until end of 2025 season)
At the same time, Mercedes confirmed George Russell would remain as Hamilton’s team-mate until the end of 2025. Having previously confirmed to PlanetF1.com earlier in 2023 he would remain a long-term part of the Mercedes structure, they confirmed that his deal would run until the 2025 campaign.
Charles Leclerc (Contract for ‘several more seasons’ beyond 2025)
Lewis Hamilton (Contract is “multi-year”)
Leclerc is confirmed on a new contract with Ferrari that will take him into 2025, but the Scuderia haven’t confirmed just how long his new deal is for.
On the other side of the garage, Carlos Sainz’s efforts to retain his seat came to naught as Lewis Hamilton will make a sensational switch from Mercedes to join Ferrari on a “multi-year” deal that begins in 2025.
Lance Stroll (Rolling contract)
Fernando Alonso’s deal with Aston Martin is understood to be up at the end of 2024, with the Spaniard having joined on a multi-year deal at the beginning of the 2023 season. As for Lance Stroll, his contractual status with the team appears to be on a rolling basis as, without putting too fine a spin on it, as father Lawrence is the team owner, don’t expect him to be going anywhere any time soon.
Lando Norris (Contract for ‘multi-year extension’ beyond 2025)
Oscar Piastri (Contract until end of 2026)
Lando Norris signed a long-term contract extension with McLaren that will keep him with the team beyond the end of 2025, fending off any advances from other teams for his services.
Oscar Piastri, meanwhile, penned a new contract with the team before the end of his debut season in 2023 that would see him through until the end of 2026, after impressing on his rookie year.
Both Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly see their Alpine contracts expire at the end of 2024, though in the case of Gasly, there is an option in his contract to extend his deal by a further year with the team.
Alex Albon (Contracted until 2025)
Alex Albon’s Williams contract extension was on a longer-term basis when he agreed to a new contract in 2022, with James Vowles confirming it is due to expire in 2025, with the other seat uncontracted.
Haas renewed both Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen’s contracts for the 2024 Formula 1 season after doing a solid job alongside each other in 2023, though Guenther Steiner will face another decision over their future when the 2024 campaign unfolds.
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Valtteri Bottas joined what was Alfa Romeo on a long-term deal in 2021, but the man himself has confirmed that negotiations will need to take place if he is stay beyond the 2024 season. Zhou Guanyu’s contract is also up for renewal.
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Red Bull’s second team will continue to serve as their conveyor belt of talent – with their 2024 line-up among the last to be confirmed, their F1 2025 line-up is also yet to be decided.