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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG indicators an autograph for a fan

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Lewis Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes was announced at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix when the Briton was mid-way by the single-season deal he had signed in earlier in the same year.

With the seven-time champion out there for rent for 2024, hypothesis linked him with a transfer to Ferrari, though this has been dismissed by all events. 

Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and it had been anticipated {that a} recent contract can be forthcoming when crew principal Toto Wolff said in early June that it was a matter of “days, not weeks” for a deal to be completed.

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Nonetheless, this has not occurred. Although it is not thought that financial arrangements are behind the delay, with smaller contractual wranglings such as sponsorship commitments cited instead, Hamilton at the moment stays a free agent for 2024. 

Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo – Contract till the tip of 2023  

Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo F1 Team, signs autographs for fans

Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo F1 Staff, indicators autographs for followers

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After Alfa Romeo opted to launch Antonio Giovinazzi on the finish of 2021, when Kimi Raikkonen additionally retired, three-year Components 2 driver Zhou Guanyu was signed to race alongside Valtteri Bottas on a one-year deal for 2022.  

This was extended to cover the 2023 season ahead of last year’s Singapore GP. Though Zhou’s Alfa and F1 future is unsure in contractual phrases, he’s however placing collectively a quietly spectacular marketing campaign in a automotive that struggles to recurrently function within the points-paying positions.  

Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri AT04

Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri AT04

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Daniel Ricciardo rejoined the team where he raced towards the beginning of his F1 career in 2012-13 (he made his debut with HRT in 2011) ahead of the 2023 Hungarian GP, replacing Nyck de Vries. However he’s solely on mortgage from Pink Bull’s senior squad the place he was beforehand a part-time reserve driver after leaving McLaren in 2022.  

Ricciardo is focusing on a promotion again to Pink Bull over Sergio Perez sooner or later, which may come as early as 2024 if he performs properly for AlphaTauri over the remaining races in 2022. However 2025 is extra doubtless if such a swap ever comes off.   

Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri – Contract till the tip of 2023  

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

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Yuki Tsunoda is the latest driver to be promoted to F1 from Pink Bull’s junior programme and has raced for AlphaTauri for the reason that 2021 season. He signed a one-year contract extension for 2022 and then did so again to cover the 2023 campaign ahead of last year’s Singapore GP.  

The Japanese driver has a status for wild, fast driving, however he lacks consistency and has had a number of huge crashes following enforced errors. He was also required to relocate to Italy from the UK (he previously lived near Red Bull’s Milton Keynes factory to drive its F1 simulator) to improve his training and work closer with AlphaTauri.

He’s now on the finish of the three-year stint outgoing AlphaTauri crew boss Franz Tost insists all drivers require once they be part of F1, which was not prolonged to de Vries. The Dutchman’s exit, nevertheless, eases stress on Tsunoda as he’s now not the extra skilled, however youthful, AlphaTauri racer.  

Logan Sargeant, Williams Racing

Logan Sargeant, Williams Racing

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American racer Logan Sargeant joined Williams as a junior driver in late 2021 – the British-based crew having been purchased by US personal funding agency Dorilton Capital from its founding household in 2020. On the 2022 US GP, then-Williams crew principal Jost Capito introduced that then Components 2 racer Sargeant can be promoted to F1 for 2023 if he secured the mandatory superlicence factors, which he did, through 4 2022 F1 observe outings and taking fourth in that yr’s F2 championship.  

Sargeant was announced as a Williams driver for 2023 following last year’s Abu Dhabi GP, with no mention of the deal being a multi-year arrangement. After 10 races in his rookie marketing campaign, Sargeant is but to attain a degree however has the general public backing of recent Williams crew boss James Vowles.    

Kevin Magnussen – Haas – Contract till at the least the tip of 2023  

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Staff

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Again in 2020, Haas opted to drop Kevin Magnussen and his then team-mate Romain Grosjean because it moved in direction of F1’s 2022 automotive design guidelines reset with two younger rookies. A kind of was Nikita Mazepin, who misplaced his seat with Haas following the sanctions imposed on Russians within the wake of their nation invading Ukraine in February 2022 and Haas terminating its title sponsorship settlement together with his father’s firm. Simply 4 days later, Magnussen was rehired by Haas on a multi-year deal.  

That is anticipated to expire on the finish of 2023, however with Magnussen thought prone to earn an extension as a part of Haas’s now settled future – following its late-2022 cope with title sponsor MoneyGram. The Dane and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg don’t have the often fractious relationship as that between Magnussen and Grosjean throughout their 4 years as Haas squad-mates (regardless of their well-known “suck my balls, honey” bust-up on the 2017 Hungarian GP) and Mazepin and Mick Schumacher in 2021.    

Nico Hulkenberg – Haas – Contract till at the least the tip of 2023  

Nico Hulkenberg, Haas F1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg, Haas F1 Staff

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After spending two years and not using a full-time F1 trip, Nico Hulkenberg was announced as driving for Haas in 2023 as a replacement for the crash-prone Schumacher. The German’s contract reportedly incorporates an choice to cowl 2024 as properly, however this was not introduced as a multi-year settlement.  

Having been dropped by Renault on the finish of 2019 in favour of Esteban Ocon, Hulkenberg grew to become often known as ‘F1’s super-sub’ through the COVID-19 impacted seasons, as he changed Perez and Lance Stroll at Racing Level in 2020, after which Sebastian Vettel at what had since turn out to be often known as Aston Martin for 2 races in 2022.

The 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner has began 191 F1 races with out scoring a podium however has shone recurrently for Haas in 2023 – notably in qualifying.    

Sergio Perez – Pink Bull – Contract till the tip of 2024  

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing

Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing, Christian Horner, Staff Principal, Pink Bull Racing

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Perez is contracted to Red Bull until the end of 2024, per the terms of a deal he signed at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix he won – famously being caught by a podium TV digicam telling crew principal Christian Horner that he had “signed too quickly”.  

Perez’s type in 2022 and 2023 gave the impression to be in keeping with Pink Bull’s expectations by way of difficult team-mate Max Verstappen, however his lack of tempo in comparison with the Dutchman has been uncovered when F1 left its now typical early-season avenue tracks and heads to higher-speed venues. This has led to speculation he could be replaced by Daniel Ricciardo for 2024, though an evaluation regarding a 2025 change is extra possible.  

Charles Leclerc – Ferrari – Contract till the tip of 2024  

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

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Charles Leclerc’s current Ferrari deal is the oldest in F1 right now, with the Scuderia moving to snap up his services until the end of 2024 again in December 2019 after it recognized him as its fast new star and never incumbent Vettel, who was successfully dumped only a few months later.  

Leclerc waited patiently by Ferrari’s following fallow years in 2020 and 2021 – shining the place he may round his crew’s engine energy deficit in these years – earlier than main its title cost after the foundations reset for 2022. That problem fell aside by a collection of crew and driver errors and poor reliability, with 2023 thus far actually no higher for both Ferrari or Leclerc.

The two sides have “slowly” started talking this summer about a third new contract of the Monegasque’s stint in red, however he’s recurrently linked with potential strikes away if issues don’t enhance. In any case, he at the moment has the ear of Ferrari’s high administration, which may show to be essential.

Carlos Sainz – Ferrari – Contract till the tip of 2024  

Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari

Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari

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Carlos Sainz signed his current deal with Ferrari back in April last year, which was the second and closing season of his initial contract with the Scuderia after he had signed to replace Vettel for 2021 in early 2020 following six years racing for Toro Rosso, Renault and McLaren.  

His present association runs out similtaneously that of team-mate Leclerc. But Sainz has said he is content to wait until the 2023/2024 off-season before starting negotiations with Ferrari about a possible extension. Paddock hearsay has repeatedly linked him with a doable future transfer to Audi when it completes its Sauber takeover for 2026, however he has denied any talks with the automotive big.    

Esteban Ocon – Alpine – Contract till the tip of 2024  

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Team

Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Staff

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Esteban Ocon exited his place as a long-term Mercedes junior when he signed to race in 2020 for the crew then often known as Renault. A year on, he agreed to his current deal, which ties him to the rebranded Alpine squad until the end of the 2024 season.  

Only a month later, Ocon scored his first F1 win together with his victory within the chaotic 2021 Hungarian GP. He has since claimed yet one more podium (he took his first with second place within the 2020 Sakhir GP) in a interval that coated a flamable partnership with former team-mate Fernando Alonso, earlier than Alpine signed his former junior racing rival Pierre Gasly because the Spaniard’s second-choice substitute following its 2022 summer season contract saga over Oscar Piastri.

George Russell – Mercedes – Contract till at the least the tip of 2024  

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG signs an autograph for a fan

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG indicators an autograph for a fan

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George Russell was announced as a Mercedes driver back in September 2021, with the team stating he was signed to a long-term contract. Though there has by no means been any official affirmation of how lengthy the Briton has remaining on his present deal, it’s understood to run till at the least the tip of 2024.  

Russell, who was a Mercedes junior driver from early 2017 and thru his three-year stint with Williams commencing his F1 profession in 2019, is well-regarded on the Black Arrows squad for his exact suggestions and technical data. He scored his first win for the crew on the 2022 Sao Paulo GP. Russell can be the one lively driver director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Affiliation.    

Fernando Alonso – Aston Martin – Contract till at the least the tip of 2024  

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin

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Just as the 2022 summer break was commencing, Alonso shocked F1 by abandoning his previous contract talks with the Alpine team he then raced for and joining Aston Martin following Vettel’s retirement announcement.

He was signed on a “multi-year contract”, which covers at the least the present marketing campaign and the subsequent. However with ‘2+1’ offers commonplace in F1, it stands to motive that the Spaniard would’ve signed on realizing he is perhaps racing for Aston till the tip of 2025, with Alpine’s questions over his age (he is currently 41) a major factor in why he decided to jump ship when Lawrence Stroll’s team came calling.    

Oscar Piastri – McLaren – Contract till at the least the tip of 2024  

Oscar Piastri, McLaren

Oscar Piastri, McLaren

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After Alonso’s departure left Alpine within the lurch this time final yr, the Enstone squad was then left additional wounded after it found at virtually the identical time that it had let then reserve driver Piastri slip away to McLaren for 2023, after the papaya team had decided to ditch the underperforming Ricciardo.  

After a case that went to the FIA’s Formula 1’s Contract Recognition Board, it was decided that McLaren’s settlement to signal the Australian for 2023 was his solely legitimate provide. Piastri then changed Ricciardo as Lando Norris’s team-mate, and was introduced on a “multi-year” contract that may run till at the least the tip of 2024 however ought to logically embody an extension choice for 2025 too inside the ‘2+1’ norm.

Pierre Gasly – Alpine – Contract till at the least the tip of 2024  

Pierre Gasly, Alpine F1 Team

Pierre Gasly, Alpine F1 Staff

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Gasly’s current contract with Alpine was announced at the 2022 Japanese GP – a move that ended that year’s driver market saga, which had been kicked off by Vettel’s retirement and Alonso’s shock departure from Alpine.  

Having been a Pink Bull junior since 2014, Gasly was promoted to its senior crew as a substitute for Ricciardo alongside Verstappen for 2019. However he was changed by Alex Albon after simply 12 largely underwhelming races and had no method to transfer again up from the AlphaTauri crew he had been shipped to after this – regardless of Albon additionally struggling in 2020 to the purpose he was changed at Pink Bull by Perez for 2021 and Gasly successful that yr’s Italian GP.

Having initially been confirmed as racing for AlphaTauri in 2023, an settlement was reached that meant his Alpine provide for 2023 may very well be accepted as a substitute and the Frenchman lastly exited the Pink Bull household for good.      

Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo – Contract till at the least the tip of 2024  

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo

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After Mercedes opted to finish his five-year stint as Hamilton’s team-mate and exchange him with Russell for 2022, Valtteri Bottas signed for the Sauber-run Alfa Romeo squad on what was described when it was announced as a “multi-year” deal that commenced last season. This might run so long as lengthy as 4 years to the tip of 2025.  

Bottas was regularly re-signed on single-year deals during his time at Mercedes and is known to relish his long-term future in F1 being secure. He has already acknowledged his desire to continue racing for his current team when it becomes Audi in 2026.

Alex Albon – Williams – Contract till at the least the tip of 2024  

Alex Albon, Williams Racing

Alex Albon, Williams Racing

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Albon was given a shock transfer into F1 simply when he was about to begin a brand new profession racing for Nissan in Components E, when Pink Bull signed him again to the junior programme he had been part of for one season racing in Components Renault in 2012 and gave him a Toro Rosso seat for 2019. This then grew to become a spot at its principal squad alongside Verstappen mid-way by that yr, earlier than, like Gasly earlier than him he was moved apart.  

Albon then spent 2021 on the sidelines supporting Verstappen and Perez, earlier than he secured a one-year deal to race for Williams in 2022. Over that season’s summer season break, Albon was announced as continuing with Williams on a multi-year deal that is set to run until at least the end of 2024, but he too may have a ‘2+1’ option. The London-born Thai racer has shone in qualifying for Williams, is well-liked amongst his friends and the broader paddock group, and has scored a number of spectacular factors finishes with difficult automobiles.    

Lando Norris – McLaren – Contract till the tip of 2025  

Lando Norris, McLaren, 2nd position, sprays Champagne on the podium

Lando Norris, McLaren, 2nd place, sprays Champagne on the rostrum

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Norris is predicted to be another star set to play a big role in the next major shake-up of the F1 driver market, despite his current contract with McLaren lasting until the end of the current rules era in 2025. He signed that deal simply forward of the 2022 marketing campaign commencing, 9 months on from his earlier multi-year extension with McLaren being agreed in Might 2021.  

Norris almost received two races that yr, however at the moment stays scoreless on the high stage in single-seaters, which maybe explains his usually flippant feedback this season concerning the efficiency of McLaren’s first ground-effect automobiles – given the orange crew has slipped down the pecking order since 2021.

Norris can be recurrently linked to a future Audi transfer and is a good friend of Verstappen, with Pink Bull having tried to signal him as an F1 junior again in 2018 earlier than the primary time he dedicated his long-term future to McLaren.   

Max Verstappen – Pink Bull – Contract till the tip of 2028  

Winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

Winner Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB19

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Red Bull’s second world champion signed his current deal barely three months after sealing his first title at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will keep him tied to his current team until the end of 2028. He had mentioned after successful that race that: “I feel they know I really like them. And I hope we are able to do that for 10-15 years collectively. There isn’t any motive to alter ever. I wish to stick with them for the remainder of my life.”  

Since then, Verstappen has regularly voiced his frustration at changes to F1’s format – primarily concerning expanding the sprint race arrangements – which some incorrectly interpreted as a threat to quit F1 at the end of his current contract. Elsewhere, this has been translated as a tactic to boost his wage. 

Lance Stroll – Aston Martin – Contract period unknown  

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin F1 Team

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin F1 Staff

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Stroll has raced for the crew now often known as Aston Martin since 2019 when it was rebranded as Racing Level following the consortium headed by his father Lawrence shopping for what remained of the Power India squad (fashioned as Jordan in 1991) the earlier yr. In transferring throughout, Stroll left the Williams crew the place he had began his profession in 2017.  

Given his standing because the Aston chairman’s son, it has never been formally disclosed how long Stroll’s contract is with the green team, if indeed he has one in such typical terms, past the association being known as a “long-term deal” when it was introduced in late 2018.

Though he has secured three podiums and one pole, his F1 future is usually mentioned given his enhanced ‘pay driver’ tag in his team-owning-family standing. This hypothesis has intensified with Aston’s main efficiency enchancment and his huge factors and tempo hole to Alonso thus far in 2023. His future is however safe as long as he and his father wish to proceed their F1 dream. 



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