It's the end of the road for these F1 drivers

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Kevin Magnussen
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• Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will leave Formula 1 at the end of 2020.

• Sebastian Vettel's time at Ferrari comes to an end as he is replaced by McLaren driver Carlos Sainz.

• Daniil Kvyat's future is uncertain because AlphaTauri has not confirmed who Pierre Gasly's teammate will be.


Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is expected to be an emotional race for at least three drivers as their time in the sport comes to an end. 

Racing Point's Sergio Perez, who won his maiden GP in Bahrain last weekend after 190 starts, will step aside after seven years at the team.  

The Mexican has been linked with a Red Bull seat, but nothing has been confirmed by the energy drink team.

Perez threw a spanner in the works when he told Sky Sports he planned to return in 2022 if he wasn't able to secure a seat for next season. But he was tight-lipped on which teams he was talking to. 

Checo's exit from the sport is a big loss. 

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Ricciardo o
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 03, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Florent Gooden - Pool/Getty Images)

The Haas duo of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen learnt their fate a few weeks ago.

Grosjean missed the last two races after his hands were burnt in a dramatic crash at the Bahrain GP. 

Magnussen will race for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IMSA SportsCar Championship next season. The Dane is unlikely to return to the sport. He garnered 158 points and one podium in his career. 

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: Kev
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and Haas F1 walks in the Pitlane during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Daniil Kvyat

The Russian driver is unlikely to partner Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri next season, although there is no confirmation from the team. F2 rookie Yuki Tsunoda has been strongly linked with the team and this is likely to see Kvyat lose his spot. 

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 11: Dan
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 11: Daniil Kvyat of Scuderia AlphaTauri and Russia during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo 

The 31-year-old is now considered a veteran in the sport as he joins McLaren for 2021 - his fifth F1 team.

The Australian will be pushed all the way by the younger Lando Norris after spending two seasons at Renault - and it's a partnership many are looking forward to seeing grow. 

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Ricciardo o
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 03, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Florent Gooden - Pool/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel 

The four-time world champion will look back at his time at Ferrari as a disappointment because he failed to add to his drivers' titles. 

Many people looked forward to the Lewis Hamilton and Vettel battle, but it was a one-sided affair that saw Ferrari move onto Carlos Sainz for 2022. 

Vettel will replace Perez at Racing Point, and what will eventually become Aston Martin Racing next season. 

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 03, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Florent Gooden - Pool/Getty Images)
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Ricciardo o
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 03, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Florent Gooden - Pool/Getty Images)


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