The 2023 season is now past the summer break phase and the 2024 F1 grid is almost full, although a couple of places are still to be decided.
While some have contracts that run through 2024 and beyond, others are not so lucky and will use the 2023 season as an audition to stay in the sport. Of the 20 drivers on the 2023 grid, 17 have their places secured in 2024, but there is plenty of room to move between now and lights out in 2024.
Here are all the teams on the grid and which of their drivers are confirmed runners for 2024:
Max Verstappen (contract until the end of the 2028 season)
Perhaps the safest of all the drivers on the grid, as the partnership between Verstappen and Red Bull currently looks like a perfect match.
With a title-winning machine behind him, the Dutchman looked unstoppable and put pen to paper on a five-year extension in March 2022.
Sergio Perez (contract until the end of the 2024 season)
In theory, Perez’s place should be as secure as Verstappen’s but given the tensions towards the end of 2022 and the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo as third driver, that position does not seem as confirmed as it once was.
For now, though, Red Bull remains loyal to their man after handing him a new contract just before the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, which the Mexican won.
Charles Leclerc (contract until the end of the 2024 season)
Charles Leclerc committed his future to the Italian team in December 2019 with a stunning five-year contract that also tripled his salary, in what was the longest contract ever given to a Ferrari driver.
Leclerc and Ferrari hope the Monegasque wins at least one title at the end of his current contract.
Carlos Sainz (contract until the end of the 2024 season)
Ferrari’s future is assured with Sainz signing a new contract in the 2022 season after an impressive debut season with the team.
The contract, signed by the Spaniard in April 2022, will expire at the end of the 2024 season.
Lewis Hamilton (contract until the end of the 2025 season)
Hamilton and Mercedes have certainly kept us waiting, but on the eve of the 2023 Italian Grand Prix, the announcement has finally arrived that Hamilton will race with the team on a deal until the end of 2025.
George Russell (contract until the end of the 2025 season)
In the same announcement, Mercedes also confirmed a contract extension of the same length for Hamilton’s compatriot and teammate Russell, meaning their lineup for F1 2024 and beyond is set.
Esteban Ocon (contract until the end of the 2024 season)
Ocon was rewarded for his return to form in 2021 when he was handed a three-year contract by Alpine with the French team demonstrating their faith in him.
Ocon’s security was a welcome tonic given the nature of the other spot on the team.
Pierre Gasly (Contract until the end of the 2024 season with the option of a one-year extension)
Gasly moved from AlphaTauri to Alpine in 2022 after weeks of speculation and has secured his short-term future in the sport with a two-year contract.
There is also the possibility of a one-year extension should Gasly impress with the French team.
Lando Norris (contract until the end of 2025)
After significant improvement year after year, Norris decided to commit his future to McLaren.
While others doubted his faith given McLaren’s current position, Norris was confident that they were on track to achieve the goal he had set for himself: winning races and challenging for World Championships.
Oscar Piastri (Contract until 2024)
Perhaps not wanting to repeat the Alpine fiasco involving Piastri, McLaren gave him a two-year contract despite him being a rookie in the sport.
Regardless of his first year in F1, McLaren will likely keep faith with the Australian, but Piastri need only look at his predecessor Daniel Ricciardo to see that the team is not afraid to pull the trigger.
Valtteri Bottas (Contract until the end of 2025)
In what will be the first season without Alfa Romeo as a partner, Sauber will have the comforting and familiar presence of Bottas in their car.
It is also a comforting position for the Finn to have signed a multi-year deal with the team in 2021 instead of the usual one-year deals he was granted with his previous Mercedes team.
Zhou Guanyu (contract until the end of 2024)
Having kept his nose clean during his second season in the sport, as well as delivering performances of a similar level to the more experienced Bottas, it is no surprise that Sauber have opted for continuity for 2024 by keeping Zhou Guanyu on board.
Will Audi’s influence on the team soon start to be felt, will things remain amicable between Zhou and Bottas while the allure of official leadership with the German brand becomes a more tangible future?
Fernando Alonso (contract until the end of the 2024 season)
In what could be the final contract of Alonso’s incredible career, the Spaniard is set to race his final season in 2024, but may want to put his retirement on hold if Aston Martin can continue to make great strides.
Lance Stroll (rolling contract)
As for his time at Aston Martin, it’s hard to say much more about Stroll than his father is the owner of the team but, well, his father is the owner of the team so expect to see the Canadian back on the grid in 2024.
Kevin Magnussen (contract until the end of 2024)
Nico Hulkenberg (contract until the end of 2024)
Haas has decided to stick with the devils it knows and retain both Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg for the 2024 F1 season. After testing two rookies in past seasons with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, the American team is seeing the true value of working with expert pilots.
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Red Bull’s sister team is another that currently has no drivers secured for 2024. Nyck de Vries signed for the 2023 season following Gasly’s move to Alpine while Yuki Tsunoda had his contract extended by a year in September 2022.
Before hiring De Vries, AlphaTauri was interested in IndyCar driver Colton Herta, so could make another move provided he can earn the required superlicense points.
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Alex Albon (contract until the end of the 2024 season)
The Thai-British driver impressed enough in his first season in the sport that Williams rewarded him with a new contract until the end of the 2024 season.
His 2023 teammate Logan Sargeant hopes to join him, but his deal is currently limited solely to his rookie season.
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