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How the F1 driver market is shaping up after Perez's extension

Another driver has been confirmed for the 2025 Formula 1 season - but how is the rest of the grid shaping up?

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Another piece of the puzzle that is the 2025 Formula 1 grid has slotted into place with Sergio Perez extending at Red Bull.

But only 11 of the 20 seats for next year have been confirmed, and there is still a lot of movement that could happen before the grid is set.

At the top half of the grid, only Mercedes is yet to finalise its line-up, however it is becoming ever more apparent that its protégé Kimi Antonelli will receive the call-up to partner George Russell.

Alpine will have a changed line-up after Esteban Ocon's exit was confirmed, paving the way for Pierre Gasly to extend and be joined by fresh blood - will it be rookie Jack Doohan who gets the call-up, or is there a more experienced option available?

Williams is seeking a partner for Alex Albon with Logan Sargeant struggling ever since his arrival to the grid last year, with Carlos Sainz associated with a move to the Grove-based outfit.

Sainz has also been mooted to join Stake F1 alongside Nico Hulkenberg ahead of its transition to Audi in 2026.

RB's entire line-up is yet to be confirmed with Liam Lawson waiting on the sidelines while Haas also has both seats open - however, Oliver Bearman is heavily linked with a drive following his impressive debut at Ferrari earlier this year.

Confirmed 2025 F1 line-ups

Team Driver Driver
Red Bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez
Ferrari Lewis Hamilton Charles Leclerc
Mercedes George Russell TBC
McLaren Lando Norris Oscar Piastri
Aston Martin Fernando Alonso Lance Stroll
Alpine TBC TBC
Williams Alex Albon TBC
RB TBC TBC
Stake F1 Nico Hulkenberg TBC
Haas TBC TBC

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