The music's still playing - These seats are yet to be filled ahead of the 2021 F1 season

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Formula 1 grid before the start of 2020 Austrian GP.
Formula 1 grid before the start of 2020 Austrian GP.
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• Four F1 teams are yet to confirm their driver lineup for 2021.

• Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are yet to confirm a new contract.

• Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez could replace Alex Albon at Red Bull next year.

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Though there are still a few loose ends to tie up before the 2021 Formula 1 season is upon us, the biggest question mark hanging over next year is who will drive where. Six of the ten teams have confirmed their driver lineups, with the remaining four still to make their final decision. The biggest certainty, perhaps, is Lewis Hamilton resigning with his Mercedes-AMG team. The driver won his seventh championship last time out in Turkey, equaling the title record Michael Schumacher has held for the last 16 years.

Mercedes secured Valtteri Bottas' services for next year, but is certain that it can do so with Hamilton, too. With Mercedes then 99% certain to secure both its current drivers for next year, the remaining three teams to announce their drivers are Red Bull Racing, Haas, and Alpha Tauri.

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Lewis Hamilton

Who could go where?

Current Red Bull driver, Alex Albon, has been given until the end of the 2020 season to secure his 2021 racing seat, but he is not making good use of the opportunity and chances given to him by the team. All the signs are pointing towards the team not resigning Albon for next year, with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in line to take up the seat. If Red Bull does decide to retain Albon for next year, despite his pathetic results, it will be the biggest shock in an already topsy-turvy season.

The Haas F1 team announced that both its current drivers will not race for the team next year. Instead, it is speculated that the team will sign two rookies - one of which is Schumacher's son, Mick. Schumacher is expected to be partnered by fellow Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin, who's father is rumoured to invest in the Haas team.

Alpha Tauri confirmed the services of Pierre Gasly, winner of the 2020 Italian GP, but is yet to announce their second driver. Daniil Kvyat will be ousted, with the team to bring in Honda-backed Yuki Tsunoda. Honda is the engine partner to Alpha Tauri and Red Bull Racing.

Confirmed drives:

*Renault: Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon

Alfa Romeo: Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi

Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren: Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris

Aston Marton Racing: Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll

Williams: George Russell and Nicholas Latifi

*The Renault F1 team will be renamed Alpine in 2021.

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