While the 2021 season of Formula 1 racing is set to kick off next year with some rule changes taking effect, there is fan excitement growing in seeing where all the drivers fall into place. With only 4 drivers formally confirmed for the season, there are a lot of intriguing uncertainties for the season to come.
However, there may be some drivers who will not be returning to the sport after the 2020 season.
Some fans were surprised at Haas retaining Grosjean for the 2020 season, considering his less than stellar performances. However, he does bring along with them a wide wealth of knowledge and long term experience that has helped Haas significantly in their 2019 car building. Still, 2020 may be Grosjean’s last stand in the squad.
After returning to the Toro Roso team, the team he debuted with in Formula 1, for the third time in 2019, the Russian driver had a very good season. But due to criticisms from fans for his carelessness and multiple accidents, he may find Toro Rosso showing him the door again. With lots of great prospects coming from the junior team, it would not be surprising for Kvyat to be replaced by one of the up and coming drivers.
The 30 year old Australian is one of the most talented young drivers in Formula 1, but his is hindered by his lack of patience and temper. With his contract with Reanult expiring in 2020, Ricciardo has already shown hints that he will be considering other future options. This is far from certain or likely, but the signs are beginning to show.
Vettel has signaled that he is not interested in driving for the midfield team, but his options are limited at this point. With Red Bull retaining Verstappen and Mercedes actively seeking to renew with Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari is one of the only choices left. If they consider alternate options, Vettel may have to step away from the sport.
With nothing left to prove in the world of Formula 1, and two young children at home The Iceman, who will turn 41 at the end of his current contract, may step away from the sport to spend more time at home with family. If he does choose to walk away after 2020, his presence in the racing world.