The 2020 F1 World Championship season is finally underway but teams are still looking ahead to the 2021 F1 grid campaign as they steadily roll out driver announcements... with Mercedes finally making a move by announcing an extension for Valtteri Bottas.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel has confirmed he will not be renewing with Ferrari beyond the 2020 season, the German revealing that Ferrari declined to offer him a new deal for 2021. That announcement kick-started a flurry of acitvity in the driver market, with Daniel Ricciardo heading from Renault to McLaren next year, where he will be partnering Lando Norris.

He replaces Carlos Sainz, who becomes Vettel's successor at Ferrari alongside Charles Leclerc, who penned a new long-term Ferrari deal at the tail-end of 2019. Vettel, meanwhile, has remained coy on his whereabouts with his seemingly most logical desintation of Renault now off the table following the news of Fernando Alonso's grandstand return. 

Elsewhere, Max Verstappen will remain in Red Bull colours in 2021 after signing a new three-year deal, while three drivers further down the grid have also been confirmed for 2021 already. Esteban Ocon signed a two-year deal with Renault, starting this season, while Sergio Perez's three-year 'Racing Point' contract runs to the end of 2022, even though the team will morph into Aston Martin Racing from next year.

Finally, Mercedes junior George Russell is locked down at Williams on a three-year deal that ends in 2021, and he will remain teammates with Nicholas Latifi

Having signed Bottas up, Mercedes will now turn its attentions to agreeing new terms Lewis Hamilton, while Alex Albon is likely retain his Red Bull seat after stepping up to the top team midway through 2019.

Here's a look at how the grid for the 2021 season is shaping up so far.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Valtteri Bottas (end of 2021)
TBA

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow

Charles Leclerc (end of 2024)
Carlos Sainz (end of 2022)

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen (end of 2023)
TBA

McLaren F1 Team

Daniel Ricciardo (multi-year)
Lando Norris (multi-year)

Renault F1 Team

Esteban Ocon (end of 2021)
Fernando Alonso (at least the end of 2021)

Scuderia AlphaTauri

TBA
TBA

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Sergio Perez (end of 2022)
TBA

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen

TBA
TBA

Haas F1 Team

TBA
TBA

ROKiT Williams Racing

George Russell (end of 2021)
Nicholas Latifi (end of 2021) 

 

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