Every F1 driver who could replace Lewis Hamilton as 70% of grid is without 2025 contract
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70% of the current Formula 1 grid is set to be without a contract heading to the 2025 season amid Lewis Hamilton replacement rumours.
Last week, reports circulated that a move to Ferrari could happen in 2025.
By Thursday evening, it was confirmed that Hamilton will indeed leave Mercedes after the 2024 campaign.
Since then, all the talk will be about who Mercedes could bring in to replace Hamilton ahead of the 2025 campaign.
So far, the likes of Alexander Albon, Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri have all been linked with a move to the Silver Arrows.
Ahead of the 2025 season, it has been reported that 70 per cent of the current grid is set to be out of contract when the 2024 campaign comes to an end, meaning they could all be on Mercedes' list of potential replacements for Hamilton.
According to Formula Racers on social media, 14 drivers have soon-to-be-expiring deals. They are:
Sergio Perez - Red Bull
Carlos Sainz - Ferrari
Fernando Alonso - Aston Martin
Lance Stroll - Aston Martin
Pierre Gasly - Alpine
Esteban Ocon - Alpine
Logan Sargeant - Williams
Yuki Tsunoda - RB
Daniel Ricciardo - RB
Valtteri Bottas - Stake F1
Zhou Guanyu - Stake F1
Nico Hulkenberg - Haas
Kevin Magnussen - Haas
Over the weekend, Hamilton took to social media to address fans for the first time as his announcement.
He wrote: “I feel incredibly fortunate, after achieving things with Mercedes that I could only have dreamed of as a kid, that I now have the chance to fulfil another childhood dream. Driving in Ferrari red.
“Mercedes has been a huge part of my life since I was 13 years old, so this decision has been the hardest I’ve ever had to make. I’m incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together and I’m very grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone I have worked with over the years and of course Toto, for his friendship, guidance and leadership.”
The 2024 F1 season will start with the Bahrain Grand Prix, which will take place in March.