Yes, it’s that time of year again. With virtually everyone in the Formula One paddock taking a well-deserved summer break, the only people left working are the people who write about Formula One. Hmm.
This probably explains why rumours about driver line-ups for the following season usually begin to build up around now. That and the fact that with the European section of the calendar coming to an end, the subject will probably be creeping into the teams’ minds as well.
Are there any big moves on the horizon? Well, maybe. Both Mercedes and Ferrari have their drivers under contract for next season, and Red Bull is highly unlikely to part with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen any time soon.
So that’s the top three teams sorted already.
But as for the rest of the field, it could be a different story. Here’s why…