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F1 2020 driver line-up as it stands

F1 2020 driver line-up as it stands

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F1 2020 driver line-up as it stands

F1 2020 driver line-up as it stands

Formula 1's silly season has begun to crank into gear, so what better time than now to look at who is confirmed for 2020, and who is still fighting for their future.

As ever, long-term deals are few and far between in F1 and several drivers need to improve performances, or maintain good ones to keep hold of their seats, or maybe secure a better one.

Here's the status of all 20 spots on the grid for 2020 so far…

Formula 1's 2020 driver line-up as it stands

MERCEDES

Lewis Hamilton - Contracted until 2020
Valtteri Bottas - Contracted until 2020

Verdict: Mercedes stuck by Bottas through a winless 2018, so the Finn taking two victories in the first four rounds of 2019 was likely enough to see him retained alongside his world champion team-mate once again next year, despite Toto Wolff toying with the idea of promoting Esteban Ocon from his reserve role.

FERRARI

Sebastian Vettel - Contracted until 2020
Charles Leclerc - Contracted until 2022

Verdict: Vettel's struggles have prompted wild suggestions that he could leave Ferrari by the end of the year, or retire from F1 entirely. However, both the four-time world champion and team-mate Leclerc are contracted for next season and are expected to remain together.

RED BULL

Max Verstappen - Contracted until 2020
Alexander Albon - Unconfirmed

Verdict: Verstappen will remain the focal point of Red Bull for many years, the team hopes. However, doubt remains about the seat next to him, with Pierre Gasly being demoted mid-season to Toro Rosso. Can his replacement Albon really press home his top-level credentials in his rookie campaign?

RENAULT

Daniel Ricciardo - Contracted until 2020
Esteban Ocon - Contracted until 2021

Verdict: Renault have so far struggled to match the lofty target of hunting down the top three that came with the signing of Ricciardo, but he will remain next season. Cyril Abiteboul perhaps had his hand forced by Toto Wolff to draft in Ocon, 12 months after reneging on a gentleman's agreement to bring in the Frenchman.

HAAS

Kevin Magnussen - Contracted until 2020
Romain Grosjean - Unconfirmed

Verdict: Magnussen's admirable consistency in 2018 landed the Dane a two-year deal and he continues to outshine his team-mate, despite Haas' race-pace woes. Grosjean's tendency to start campaigns slowly is hitting Haas hard in the midfield fight and his future is far from certain, with Hulkenberg a big contender for his seat after being dumped by Renault.

MCLAREN

Carlos Sainz - Contracted until 2020
Lando Norris - Contracted until 2020

Verdict: As McLaren's revival has shown genuine signs of coming to fruition in 2019, the team became the first to confirm its 2020 line-up ahead of the British Grand Prix, with Norris and Sainz to continue the fine work they have done in the early months of their partnership.

RACING POINT

Sergio Perez - Contracted until 2022
Lance Stroll - Contracted on multi-year deal

Verdict: Lance Stroll's seat might be the safest in F1, and Perez's long-term partnership with the team through thick and thin will continue for another three years with the Mexican securing a long-term deal of his own - rare currency in F1's midfield.

ALFA ROMEO

Kimi Raikkonen - Contracted until 2020
Antonio Giovinazzi - Unconfirmed

Verdict: Raikkonen has adapted seamlessly into life in F1's midfield and will be back for more as a 40-year-old in 2020. Giovinazzi has shown signs of improvement after a slow start. Given Alfa are a likely landing spot for Ferrari juniors, much like Giovinazzi himself, Mick Schumacher's unspectacular, while solid, start in F2 could keep the Italian on the grid, with Mick taking on another year in the junior ranks.

TORO ROSSO

Daniil Kvyat - Unconfirmed
Pierre Gasly - Unconfirmed

Verdict: Kvyat may be the perfect mentor for the demoted Gasly, having gone through a similar process himself. If the Frenchman's struggles go on and the junior team do lose a driver, however, last year's scrabble for replacements could be seen again, with Dan Ticktum recently booted from the programme. Mexican Patricio O'Ward has replaced the Brit, however, and has set his sights on F1.

WILLIAMS

George Russell - Contracted until 2021
Robert Kubica - Unconfirmed

Verdict: Although Williams have been abysmal so far, Russell has shown glimpses of his skill and consistency, especially in his vast out-performance of Kubica. The Pole's fairytale return to F1 has soured a little as performances have been so bad. His future is up in the air.

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