Formula 1 Departures: Drivers Whose Seats Are at Risk After Alonso’s Aston Martin Renewal

Formula 1 Departures: Drivers Whose Seats Are at Risk After Alonso’s Aston Martin Renewal

Ero Samson
updated at April 13, 2024 at 10:15 PM
  • Fernando Alonso recently penned a multi-year contract extension with Aston Martin
  • The announcement leaves 11 drivers at risk of losing their seats for the 2025 season
  • Sports Brief spotlights drivers who could be left without a seat on the grid for next season

Fernando Alonso sent the world of Formula 1 buzzing when it was announced that he would be extending his stay at Aston Martin on a multi-year contract.

The 42-year-old, who remains the most experienced driver on the 2024 grid, quashed every rumour linking him away from the Silverstone team.

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Formula 1 driver, Fernando Alonso, recently penned a multi-year contract extension at Silverstone team, Aston Martin. Image: Song Haiyuan.
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The multi-year contract announcement signed by the two-time world champion, as reported by Sky Sports F1, further narrows the pool of driver seats available for the 2025 season.

Currently, as many as 11 drivers are without a contract for the next season. However, while a few are assured of the chance of penning a new deal as soon as possible, the same cannot be said for others.

Nonetheless, with the seasoned Spaniard committing to Aston Martin, Sports Brief examines which drivers may find themselves without a seat for the 2025 campaign.

Drivers who could be without a seat in 2025

Logan Sargeant

The 23-year-old seems poised to depart from Williams Racing at the conclusion of his current contract.

Being the last to secure his seat for the current campaign, the young American faces uncertainty as the Grove team shows hesitation in extending his contract.

The recent event that saw Sargeant stripped off his car in favour of teammate, Alex Albon, at the Australian Grand Prix pretty much sums up the fact that he is racing in his final with Williams.

Daniel Ricciardo

The situation surrounding the veteran Visa Cash App RB (VCARB) driver is more complex than many would have predicted at the start of the 2024 season. The Australian driver has experienced a downturn in form, going from being tipped to replace Sergio Perez at Red Bull to now struggling to secure his seat ahead of current teammate, Yuki Tsunoda.

Ricciardo's hopes of securing a driver's seat for 2025 now hinge on his ability to outperform Tsunoda, a task that currently appears to be quite challenging.

Zhou Guanyu

The Chinese driver appears to be another who is in his final season at Stake F1 team. The 24-year-old was one of the drivers who took a lot of time to confirm his future for the 2024 season, and it appears he could well be parting ways with his team at the end of the season.

However, the Chinese driver will hope he can put in improved performances for the remainder of the season as he aims to secure a seat for himself for 2025.

Pierre Gasly

The French driver has seemed out of place since his move to Alpine at the start of the 2023 season.

The former Red Bull driver's partnership with the French constructor has yielded little or no positive results so far, fueling growing speculation that this could be Gasly's final year with the team.

Nonetheless, if Alpine can resolve their team issues and reclaim their position in the upper half of the grid for the remainder of the season, the 28-year-old could entertain the idea of extending his stay at the Enstone team.

Formula 1 drivers with the most wins from pole

Sports Brief in another report highlighted a list of Formula 1 drivers with the most victories from pole position.

The list featured Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton, among others.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).