Ricciardo and Verstappen in the frame for possible seats at Mercedes and Ferrari
With a number of drivers out of contract at the end of 2016, a major change in Formula 1’s driver line-up is in the offing
Formula 1 is poised for a big shake-up in the driver market this season with seats potentially available at both Mercedes and Ferrari. The contracts of both Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen expire at the end of this season, and the chances are that at least one of them will lose their drive.
This will have a knock-on effect down the grid, because both teams could find themselves in the market for the same group of drivers – Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen are of interest to both teams. Meanwhile, both Williams drivers are in the same position and the team are said by insiders to be open to changing both. And Jenson Button will also be out of contract.
The problem for both Mercedes and Ferrari in making their decision is that neither Ricciardo nor Verstappen is theoretically available. The Dutchman is under contract to Red Bull until the end of 2017, while Ricciardo’s contract runs for a further year beyond that and has no exit clauses.
In the circumstances, however, Red Bull may have to accept losing one of them to keep the