For the first time in Formula 1 history, there was no driver change in any team. So we start again like last season, but many contracts are expiring and there are many changes on the horizon for 2025.
Approvals are on top
The 2024 Formula 1 season will start with the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday, February 29. Circus will be in the starting lineup seventy-five times for the first time since 1950. with exactly the same drivers as last year. While stability is good news from a certain perspective, on the other hand there is bound to be a lack of curiosity about what a new driver can bring to the team he returns or makes his debut for. And that’s without taking into account the fact that no Formula 2 driver will have the chance to improve his level this year.
Red Bull has decided to openly endorse the team that led Max Verstappen to his third consecutive title in 2023. The Dutch driver currently has the longest contract on the circuit: rumor has it that it will amount to almost 70 million euros per season and It will only expire at the end of 2028Verstappen will have just turned thirty. Despite many rumors floating around, teammate Sergio Perez signed a contract until the end of 2024, and this was thanks to the 2023 season ending in 2nd place.
Mercedes insured themselves by blocking Lewis Hamilton and George Russell until the end of 2025. Two pilots with experience and perspective For the next two seasons and above all to put an end to the rumors that continue to be rumored from time to time about Hamilton as a possible new Ferrari driver.
The latter has not won a world title since 2008, when Kimi Raikkonen brought the title to Maranello. To win a trophy that had been missing for sixteen years, the Prancing Horse decided to move forward with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. They will remain under contract until the end of 2024. It’s really hard to predict what will happen at the end of the season.
In fact, it should be taken into account that Leclerc has been the center of attention of important teams such as Mercedes, Aston Martin and even Red Bull for a while. Moreover, although relations with the Monaco pilot are well consolidated, we will have to see what these relations will be. Ferrari management’s evaluations of the two driversAccording to some experts, especially last year, although the car was not at the level of Red Bulls, perhaps it could have done more.
Just behind the three “big” Formula 1 players, Aston Martin is slowly gaining a foothold thanks to the technical project carried out with Fernando Alonso. The Spanish experienced player finished last season in 4th place.In fact, the Ferrari driver finishes ahead of Leclerc and has a contract that expires at the end of 2024. Considering that the Asturian pilot will be 43 years old next July, renewal is out of the question for now, but we will have to do it. Monitor the situation in the coming months. The situation for his teammate Lance Stroll is clearer. His father, Lawrence, actually owns the Aston Martin team, so he is likely to be the Brit’s second official guide for a long time.
Approvals at the second level
Esteban Ocon has joined Alpine on a contract that will take him until the end of 2024. His teammate Pierre Gasly instead signed a two-year contract in 2023 and will therefore remain under contract until the end of 2024. results will define their possible approvalIn the background, there are many rumors in the market.
McLaren, for its part, Lando Norris confirmed until end of 202523-year-old Australian Oscar Piastri signed a multi-year contract until the end of 2026 after a first season in which he made a good impression. There are also confirmations for Bottas, who will stay at Alfa Romeo until 2020. In 2025, his teammate Zhou Guanyu received the nod for the third consecutive season, despite less than outstanding results (12 points scored in 44 races).
Kevin Magnussen should be in the starting grid with Haas Another season alongside the master Nico HulkenbergFinally, Alex Albon will remain at Williams this year, along with Logan Sargeant, who performed quite poorly in 2023 (penultimate in the rankings) but has the Grove-based carmaker in a good position. trust.