Top Drivers for Ferrari in 2025 as Contracts Expire

At the end of 2024, 14 drivers’ contracts, including those of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, will expire, and while Ferrari hopes to secure both drivers, other potential candidates for Ferrari include Albon, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Perez, Gasly, and Ocon.

Highlights

‣ At the end of 2024, 14 drivers’ contracts expire, including those of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at Ferrari.
‣ Ferrari is hoping to secure Leclerc with a new five-year deal, which would keep him at the team until 2029 and pay him 50 million a year.
‣ Carlos Sainz, who is also up for contract renewal, is reportedly not keen on a shorter term and lower amount, and is linked to Sauber/Audi.
‣ If Sainz does not renew his contract, potential replacements at Ferrari could include Albon, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Perez, Gasly, and Ocon.


2024 is a big year in the world of racing. A whopping 14 drivers’ contracts are set to expire. But, six drivers are already locked in beyond that season. This means a mega Silly Season is on the horizon. So, what’s the current forecast? Ferrari is hoping to secure Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz for 2024. But, is that even possible?

Let’s talk about Sainz and Leclerc. Their contracts with Ferrari are up at the end of 2024. Frederic Vasseur, the man in charge, wants to keep both drivers. But, will it work out? Leclerc has been offered a new five-year deal. This would keep him with Ferrari until 2029 and he’d be raking in 50 million a year. It seems like it’s just a matter of time before he signs on the dotted line.

Now, Ferrari needs to secure a second driver. Sainz is the perfect fit. Rumor has it, he’s been offered a similar contract. But, it’s a shorter term and less money. After his stellar 2023 season, Sainz isn’t too keen on that. He’s got his sights set on being a front-runner and has been linked to Sauber/Audi. But, Sauber doesn’t seem to be the place for Sainz right now.

So, who could replace Sainz at Ferrari? If Sainz doesn’t renew, Vasseur will be on the hunt for an experienced second driver. This puts Ferrari in direct competition with Red Bull Racing. But, Ferrari has the upper hand as an iconic brand. Albon, a self-proclaimed Ferrari fan, could be a potential candidate. If Ferrari comes knocking, he might just answer.

Vasseur might also consider his former student, Hulkenberg. Despite being at Haas, the German has shown he’s still got it. He’s got the speed, the experience, and he’s worked with Vasseur before at ART Grand Prix in GP2. Other potential candidates include Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez. Perez might be available if he’s let go by Red Bull, and Ricciardo if he doesn’t get his shot at Red Bull. Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon are also in the mix. They’re currently battling it out at Alpine, but the winner might be interested in moving up to Ferrari.

So, there you have it. The future of Ferrari is still uncertain, but one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be an exciting ride.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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