As F1’s silly season rumbles on, PlanetF1 takes a look at who is in and who may be out for good…
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will remain Mercedes team-mates for a fourth year running as both are under contract until the end of 2018.
“It was never in doubt we wanted to stay with Nico, and I guess it was of interest for him to stay in the best current car,” Toto Wolff insisted in the wake of Rosberg’s recent re-signing.
Despite speculation that Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari run had finally come to an end, the Scuderia opted to re-sign the Finn for a further season.
“Obviously I’m happy, that was always the aim and it makes life easier for us too, as we don’t have to keep answering the same questions,” the Finn said. “We can just put all the effort on the racing side now.
He will partner Sebastian Vettel, who still has one year to run on his current deal.
Red Bull will retain Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen for 2017. Next season is the last on Ricciardo’s contract, while Red Bull have locked teenage sensation Verstappen into a long-term deal.
The first of the top teams without a single driver confirmed for next season.
Valtteri Bottas has been linked to Renault with Williams believed to be looking at Sergio Perez.
In the other car, it appears as if Felipe Massa’s time at the Grove team – and perhaps in F1 – could be over with Jenson Button and test driver Alex Lynn knocking on that door.
Although Force India confirmed Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez at the same time, the latter was quick to point out that his future will depend on his sponsors.
Perez has been linked to Williams and Renault in recent weeks and hopes to have a decision made by the time F1 returns from the summer break.
Should he step away, Pascal Wehrlein is a frontrunner for his seat given the Mercedes connection.
Neither Kevin Magnussen nor Jolyon Palmer are assured of a place on next year’s Formula 1 grid with Renault considering several drivers.
Although Cyril Abiteboul says the team are “not writing them off”, Sergio Perez has been linked to the Enstone based team while a good run at Manor could see Esteban Ocon taking a step up the grid.
Toro Rosso put an end to rumours linking Carlos Sainz to Ferrari when they exercised their option on the Spaniard for next year’s championship. His team-mate, though, is undecided.
Daniil Kvyat is hoping to retain his seat with team boss Franz Tost admitting that is the line-up he wants. But with Pierre Gasly chasing down the GP2 title, Red Bull may take the decision out of his hands.
With Sauber’s new owners, Longbow Finances, reportedly in the same building as Marcus Ericsson’s Tetra Pak sponsors one can expect the Swede will be staying put in 2017.
Felipe Nasr is also likely to stay on as Sauber have conceded that the lack of points is because of the car, not the talent.
Fernando Alonso is expected to remain at McLaren next season as he has a contract in place while many believe it is only a matter of time before test driver Stoffel Vandoorne is confirmed.
A strong finish to the season from Jenson Button could turn that on its head as the Brit brings with him experience, which could be vital as Formula 1 undergoes a major overhaul of the technical regulations.
Button, though, has been linked to Williams, who reckon he is an “attractive” possibility for next season.
If you have the money there is a chance that even you can race for Manor. Okay not quite true, but close.
For now the only drivers known to be in the running are the new pairing of Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.
If one or the other does not step up to Force India or Renault respectively, expect them to stick around next season.
Having missed out on a Ferrari race-seat, Romain Grosjean is expected to stay on at Haas for a second season. Esteban Gutierrez’s future is less certain.
The Mexican racer has not scored a single point this season but his sponsorship still makes him an appealing option.
With no American drivers seriously knocking on the door, expect Gutierrez to stay on – unless of course Haas take the gamble of with test driver Charles Leclerc.