Silly season extended

The Formula One “silly season”, when drivers are renewing or seeking new contracts, was almost over then yesterday Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from F1 – going out on a high, having just won the Drivers’ World Championship.

Team 2017 Driver Status
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton confirmed
Nico Rosberg
Pascal Wehrlein?
vacant seat
Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo confirmed
Max Verstappen confirmed
Ferrari Sebastian Vettel confirmed
Kimi Raikkonen confirmed
Force India Sergio Perez confirmed
Esteban Ocon confirmed
Williams Valtteri Bottas confirmed
Lance Stroll confirmed
McLaren Fernando Alonso confirmed
Stoffel Vandoorne confirmed
Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat confirmed
Carlos Sainz Jr confirmed
Haas Romain Grosjean confirmed
Kevin Magnussen confirmed
Renault Nico Hulkenberg confirmed
Jolyon Palmer confirmed
Sauber Marcus Ericsson confirmed
Felipe Nasr? ?
Manor Esteban Gutierrez? ?
Rio Haryanto? ?

Retirees: Jensen Button, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg.