F1 Silly Season Round-Up: Every Team Assessed

Vettel & Alonso

F1 may be on holiday but silly season is in full swing, with a host of grand prix transfer rumours keeping fans guessing.

Over the past 10 days we've taken a look at every F1 team's driver options for 2015, covering established rumours and joining a few dots ourselves. All 11 are now in the books, and you can read the full rundown on every outfit via the links below.

MERCEDES

There will be no changes at the 2014 pace-setters, with Lewis Hamilton in year two of a three-year deal and Nico Rosberg having recently signed a long-term contract extension.

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RED BULL

Daniel Ricciardo’s stellar showings this year mean he is safe at Red Bull. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel has a long-term contract with the team, though rumours continue to link him with a switch to Ferrari or McLaren. This remains unlikely, but if the four-time champion does depart Red Bull would probably promote Daniil Kvyat from Toro Rosso.

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FERRARI

This is all down to Fernando Alonso. If he leaves the team could swoop for Sebastian Vettel or even Jenson Button, but they also have their protege Jules Bianchi showing very well for Marussia. Meanwhile Kimi Raikkonen should be safe, despite a nightmare 2014, though next year will almost certainly be his last in F1.

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WILLIAMS

After a spell in the doldrums Williams is a hot ticket again. Unless someone offers a big cheque to steal Valtteri Bottas away the Finn should stay put. Felipe Massa also has a multi-year deal and should remain, but recent reports have suggested that Fernando Alonso has shown an interest in Williams. Surely Felipe won’t be asked to move aside again…

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FORCE INDIA

Perez seems near-certain to stay thanks to his magic combination of talent and financial backing. Hulkenberg will be welcomed back so long as he’s not poached by a bigger team. If he is there will be plenty of suitors for the second seat.

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MCLAREN

Here’s where it gets interesting. The team could stick with their current lineup, but there is no doubt that Ron Dennis wants a big name in the car for Honda’s arrival. Vettel and Alonso are both on the radar. Meanwhile younger stars like Bottas and Romain Grosjean have also been linked.

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TORO ROSSO

Assuming he is not called up to the senior team Daniil Kvyat will be retained following an excellent rookie campaign. Jean-Eric Vergne is almost certain to be dropped following three patchy seasons, with young Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr. set to replace him. GP3 points leader Alex Lynn is also an outside bet for the Frenchman’s seat.

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LOTUS

Pastor Maldonado and his money are secure for 2015. The team would like to retain Grosjean, who has comfortably beaten Pastor this season, but could yet lose him to a bigger team. If they do, his replacement will probably need to bring money, making the list of candidates long but not all that inspiring.

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MARUSSIA

Max Chilton has expressed his desire to stay put, and given his financial support and decent showings that should happen. Bianchi could be retained too, unless Ferrari elect to hire him themselves or place him at Sauber.

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SAUBER

Sauber’s struggles mean they are likely to need two funded drivers again next year. Neither Adrian Sutil or Esteban Gutierrez have impressed, but if their backing remains in place they could stay. Alternatively the team’s reserve driver Giedo van der Garde has money, as does their young Russian protege Sergey Sirotkin. The team also has Simona de Silvestro on its books, and she is looking to race in F1 as soon as possible. That’s five drivers vying for two seats, and you can also factor in a few wealthy GP2 drivers and Jules Bianchi, would could be placed at the team by Ferrari.

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CATERHAM

With so much uncertainty surrounding the team it is very difficult to suggest who will drive for them next year. All that's clear is that the successful candidate will need to bring significant funds, meaning Kamui Kobayashi is unlikely to return. Marcus Ericsson may be able to afford a second season, but there are plenty of well-funded GP2 drivers who’d love to pinch his seat.

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