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F1: Top five huge moves that could happen in 2025 Formula 1 season

Published at :February 17, 2024 at 2:34 PM
Modified at :February 17, 2024 at 2:34 PM
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Arpit Anand

The “silly season” of Formula 1 is already generating a lot of talk in the industry due to Lewis Hamilton’s unexpected early announcement of his move to Ferrari for the upcoming season. This has spurred early conjecture and discussion. A good deal of the grid’s contracts are up for renewal at the conclusion of the next season, so there could be some upheavals and shocks.

Let’s dive into five possible driver moves that could potentially reshape the grid for the 2025 season.

Carlos Sainz to Stake Sauber

Carlos Sainz is set to leave Ferrari to assist Hamilton’s transfer, with Stake Sauber as his potential destination for the 2025 season. Sainz’s strong ties with Audi, particularly through his father, Carlos Sr, who won the Dakar Rally with Audi, make a potential move to Stake Sauber the most sensible option. 

Despite his inconsistent form in the past two seasons, his victory in the Singapore Grand Prix last year highlighted his qualities, making it unlikely that Sainz’s departure would not occur.

Fernando Alonso to Mercedes

Fernando Alonso, a two-time World Champion, has shown his strength in the driver market with remarkable performances during his first season with Silverstone-based Mercedes. 

Mercedes’ first choice to succeed Hamilton would likely be from in-house with junior Kimi Antonelli, but this depends on his inaugural F2 campaign. If another year is needed for maturity to grow, Alonso could be the best option for the Silver Arrows, as he is no stranger to a head-turning transfer.

Valtteri Bottas to Williams

If Albon leaves Williams, the team will need an experienced replacement to partner with Logan Sargeant for 2025. Valtteri Bottas could be a suitable candidate, as he has experience with Team Principal Vowles and has left on good terms with Grove-based outfit, Grove. Bottas’ confidence in leading the development team and his past with Mercedes make him a potential gap-filler for Williams. The decision to choose Bottas depends on whether Sainz moves to Stake Sauber.

Sergio Perez to Formula E

Red Bull’s hierarchy may consider a move for Perez, who is known for his strong leadership skills. If his time at Red Bull is over, he could be welcomed into Formula E, where his skillset may be well-suited for the high-management style of the all-electric series. Perez’s service in single-seater racing has earned him a spot in the limelight, rather than in the shadows of a dominant force. The move could make sense for Perez’s career.

Daniel Ricciardo to Red Bull

F1 pundit Lawrence Barretto suggests that former Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo could return to his former team in 2025, partnering with world champion Max Verstappen. 

Ricciardo is also targeting the Red Bull top seat, with Sergio Perez entering his final year of his deal. To achieve this, he must perform well with the second team and top five finishes are within reach. 

Ricciardo is considered one of senior management’s suitable replacements, and with AlphaTauri team expected to make a significant competitive step this year, he is likely to deliver. This could pose a challenge for Red Bull.

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