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F1 2024 season: Who are the drivers competing for the world champion title?

The 2024 Formula 1 season includes 24 races, beginning in Bahrain on March 2 and finishing in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 8.
Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc are all returning for the 2024 F1 season. 
Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc are all returning for the 2024 F1 season. Getty Images
/ Source: TODAY

The 2024 Formula 1 season is about to begin, and last year's 20 drivers are returning to the grid.

This year, each of the 10 teams are keeping the same driver pairings they had in 2023. Though, ahead of the new season, there was some major news when it was announced that Lewis Hamilton will be joining Ferrari in 2025. It was a surprise move that now puts current Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz in a position to find a new team for 2025, as Ferrari's other driver, Charles Leclerc, has already extended his contract.

With more driver contracts up this year — and performances determining if a driver stays on their current team — the 2024 F1 season will be one that shakes things up.

For now, reigning champion Max Verstappen and teammate Sergio “Checo” Pérez will continue to lead the Red Bull team, while Hamilton takes his final laps alongside George Russell for Mercedes. Fan-favorites Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris will also be taking their places back on the track this February.

When does the 2014 F1 season begin?

The F1 2024 season will kick off on Feb. 29, with the first race taking place March 2 in Bahrain. After 24 races, it will conclude in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 8.

Formula 1 consists of 10 teams with a team principal and two main drivers each. The drivers stay with their teams until their contracts are up or based on their performance.

For some, the 2024 Formula 1 season will only mark their second season in F1, while others have been racing on these tracks for decades.

Here is everything you need to know about the Formula 1 drivers for the 2024 season.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen poses on the podium after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit in the Emirati city on November 26, 2023.Jewel Samad / AFP via Getty Images

Team: Oracle Red Bull Racing

Age: 26

Birthplace: Hasselt, Belgium

Years active in F1: 10

Instagram: @maxverstappen1

The Dutch driver drives for Red Bull Racing and is also a three-time consecutive world champion, taking home the title in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The 26-year-old made his F1 debut at the age of 17 for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015, becoming the youngest F1 driver in history. He moved to Red Bull in 2016 where he has stayed ever since.

After competing in nine official seasons, Verstappen has stood on 98 podiums and has taken home 54 wins, according to his website.

In 2023, Verstappen won 19 out of 22 races — totaling 54 career race wins — and garnered a total of 575 points, placing him at the top of the driver standings.

Sergio 'Checo' Pérez

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock prior to final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images

Team: Oracle Red Bull Racing

Age: 34

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Years active in F1: 14

Instagram: @schecoperez

Pérez made his F1 debut in 2011, driving for Sauber, and over the years for McLaren, Force India and Racing Point, before joining Red Bull in 2021. 

He is one of the only three drivers who achieved a race win in the 2023 F1 season. The Mexican athlete won two races last year: in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

In the 258 career-wide Grand Prix he's raced in, Perez stood on 35 podiums and won six races, per his F1 bio.

Last season, he secured second place in the driver standings and, with his teammate Verstappen, got Red Bull the Constructors title, making them the top team for the 2023 season.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes-Amg Petronas Formula One Team (Gbr) Mercedes W14 during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 23, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images

Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team

Age: 39

Birthplace: Stevenage, England

Years active in F1: 18

Instagram: @lewishamilton

The British Mercedes driver is a seven-time world champion, securing the title from 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

From 2007 through 2012, Hamilton drove for McLaren before moving to Mercedes in 2013, where he has stayed since.

Seventeen years after first racing in a F1 Grand Prix, Hamilton has entered 332 total races, winning 103 of them and standing on 197 podiums.

In 2023, Hamilton finished third in the driver standings with a total of 234 points. 

George Russell

George Russell
George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team poses for a photo during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 23, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images

Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team

Age: 25

Birthplace: King’s Lynn, England

Years active in F1: 6

Instagram: @georgerussell63 

Russell debuted in F1 after signing for Williams in 2019. He then moved to Mercedes in 2022.

Through his F1 career, the British driver has entered 104 Grand Prix and won one race. He also stood on the podium 11 times.

Russell placed eighth in the overall 2023 driver standings and came in third place during two Grand Prix. Combined with his teammate, Russell and Hamilton pushed Mercedes up to second place in the Constructors Championship, which measures the performance of the 10 teams.

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Scuderia Ferrari looks on during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Ciancaphoto Studio / Getty Images

Team: Scuderia Ferrari

Age: 26

Birthplace: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Years active in F1: 7

Instagram: @charles_leclerc

When he was just 19 years old, Leclerc zoomed his way into F1 as Sauber's newest driver in 2018, where he stayed for one year.

In 2019, the year after his rookie season, the Monegasque athlete signed for Scuderia Ferrari, where he has stayed ever since.

While he has been at the team for a while, his time with Ferrari is not nearing an end. This January, he announced he signed a contract extension with the team.

Leclerc raced in 125 Grand Prix to-date, finishing 30 within the top three, five of which were race wins.

Last season, Leclerc finished fifth in the driver standings.

Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz Jr
Carlos Sainz Jr of Spain and Scuderia Ferrari during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 2, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Vince Mignott / MB Media / Getty Images

Team: Scuderia Ferrari

Age: 29

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Years active in F1: 10

Instagram: @carlossainz55

Sainz joined F1 in 2015 driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Since then, he's been a driver at Renault, McLaren, before moving to Ferrari in 2021. 

In 2023, Sainz was one of three drivers and the only non-Red Bull driver to win a race throughout the season. He placed first in the Singapore Grand Prix, making it his second win in F1 and first win at Ferrari. 

During his time in F1, he entered 185 Grand Prix and stood on 18 podiums.

He placed seventh in the 2023 driver standing.

Lando Norris

Lando Norris
Lando Norris of Great Britain and Mclaren Formula 1 Team (Gbr) Mclaren Mcl60 - Mercedes during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 23, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images

Team: McLaren Formula 1 Team

Age: 24

Birthplace: Bristol, England

Years active in F1: 6

Instagram: @landonorris

Norris was only 17 when he officially joined F1 in 2019 as a driver for McLaren, where he has stayed ever since.

The team announced in January 2024 that Norris signed a contract extension with McLaren on a multi-year deal.

Throughout his career, Norris has yet to win a race, but placed second seven times and placed third six times.

Norris placed right below Leclerc with a one-point difference in the 2023 driver standings, placing sixth. 

Oscar Piastri

Oscar Piastri
Oscar Piastri of McLaren reacts during a press conference after qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images

Team: McLaren Formula 1 Team

Age: 22

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Years active in F1: 2

Instagram: @oscarpiastri

Piastri has not been in F1 for long, but he has made his mark. 

In 2022, he was a test driver for Alpine and a reserve driver (or standby driver who fills in when the main drivers are not able to race) for McLaren, before officially joining McLaren in 2023.

Piastri had a successful rookie season. In the 22 races entered, he stood on two podiums, both which he placed second.

He came in ninth place in the drivers standings for 2023.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso of Spain and Aston Martin F1 Team reacts in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 02, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Rudy Carezzevoli / Getty Images

Team: Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team

Age: 42

Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain

Years active in F1: 22

Instagram: @fernandoalo_oficial

Alonso's racing career started over two decades ago. The Spanish driver joined F1 in 2001, driving for Minardi for one year before moving to Renault. Over the course of his career, he's also driven for McLaren, Ferrari, Alpine, and now Aston Martin. 

He stepped away from F1 for two years in 2019 and 2020, but then returned to drive for Alpine in 2021 before moving to Aston Martin in 2023. 

The Spaniard is a two-time world champion, named the top driver two years in a row in 2005 and 2006. He's driven in 380 Grand Prix, has stood on 106 podiums, and won 32 races.

Alonso came in fourth place in the 2023 driver standings.

Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll of Canada and Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 5, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Vince Mignott / MB Media / Getty Images

Team: Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team

Age: 25

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada 

Years active in F1: 8

Instagram: @lance_stroll

Stroll made his F1 debut in 2017, driving for Williams before joining Racing Point in 2019. The team was later renamed to Aston Martin. 

Throughout his career, Stroll has raced in 143 Grand Prix and has yet to win a race. He has, however, come in third place three times.

In his seventh season in F1, Stroll placed 10th in the 2023 driver standings.

Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly of France and Alpine F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Strip Circuit on November 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Dan Istitene / Getty Images

Team: BWT Alpine F1 Team

Age: 27

Birthplace: Rouen, France

Years active in F1: 8

Instagram: @pierregasly 

Gasly first joined F1 in 2017 driving for Toro Rosso. Throughout his career, the French driver has also been a member of team Red Bull, AlphaTauri, and now drives for Alpine. 

In the last seven years, Gasly raced in 130 Grand Prix and stood on four podiums, one of which was at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix where he came in first place.

Last season, Gasly placed 11th in the driver standings.

Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon of France and Alpine F1 during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 02, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Mark Thompson / Getty Images

Team: BWT Alpine F1 Team

Age: 27

Birthplace: Évreux, Normandy

Years active in F1: 8

Instagram: @estebanocon  

Ocon debuted in F1 in 2016 as a driver for Manor Racing. He then moved to Force India, was a reserve driver in 2019 for Mercedes, before becoming an official driver for Renault in 2020.

He joined his current team, Alpine, in 2021.

Last season, Ocon placed right below his teammate in the driver standings, placing 12th.

Alexander Albon

Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon of Thailand and Williams reacts in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Strip Circuit on November 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Dan Istitene / Getty Images

Team: Williams Racing

Age: 27

Birthplace: London, England

Years active in F1: 6

Instagram: @alex_albon

Albon — who under the flag of Thailand — first walked into F1 in 2019, driving for Toro Rosso, before he moved up to Red Bull Racing that same year. While driving for Red Bull in 2020 and struggling on the team, he was demoted to a reserve driver in 2021.

However, a year later, Albon signed a new contract making him Williams Racing’s new driver, where he has stayed ever since. 

In 2023, Albon placed 13th in the driver standings. While he has yet to win his first race of his career, he stood on the podium twice placing third both times.

Logan Sargeant

Logan Sargeant
Logan Sargeant of United States and Williams walks in the Paddock prior to the Sprint Shootout ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 04, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Rudy Carezzevoli / Getty Images

Team: Williams Racing

Age: 23

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Years active in F1: 2

Instagram: @logansargeant  

The only American driver on the current F1 grid earned his seat in 2023. In his rookie season, he drove for Williams, and was able to extend his contract with the team through 2024. 

In Sargeant’s first year in F1, his highest finishing race position was 10th, placing him 21st on the 2023 driver standings.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia AlphaTauri prepares to drive in the garage during Formula 1 testing at Yas Marina Circuit on November 28, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Joe Portlock / Getty Images

Team: Visa Cash App RB

Age: 34

Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Years active in F1: 14

Instagram: @danielricciardo  

Ricciardo began his F1 career over a decade ago. He debuted in 2011 driving for HRT before moving to Toro Rosso in 2012, where he stayed for two years. 

Since then, he's been a driver for Red Bull, Aston Martin, Renault and McLaren before joining Alpha Tauri (now renamed Visa Cash App RB) in 2023. Last season, Ricciardo placed 17th in the 2023 driver standings.

In the 239 Grand Prix he's raced in throughout his career, Ricciardo has stood on 32 podiums and took home eight first place wins.

Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri prepares to drive on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Las Vegas at Las Vegas Strip Circuit on November 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rudy Carezzevoli / Getty Images

Team: Visa Cash App RB

Age: 23

Birthplace: Sagamihara, Japan

Years active in F1: 4

Instagram: @yukitsunoda0511

Tsunoda debuted in F1 in 2021, racing all three seasons for AlphaTauri. He’ll be returning to the team in 2024. 

In the past three years, Tsunoda has raced in 66 Grand Prix but has yet to stand on the podium. His highest race finish was fourth place during the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In 2023, he came in 14th in the 2023 driver standings.

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Alfa Romeo F1 attends the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 19, 2023 in Austin, Texas. Dan Istitene / Getty Images

Team: Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber

Age: 34

Birthplace: Nastola, Finland

Years active in F1: 12

Instagram: @valtteribottas  

Bottas made his F1 debut in 2013 at Williams, where he stayed until 2016. In 2017, he joined Mercedes, driving alongside Hamilton, before he departed the team in 2021. 

For the past two years, the Finnish driver has been at Alfa Romeo (now renamed to Kick Sauber), and will continue to drive for them during the 2024 season.

In the 222 Grand Prix he's entered, Bottas has stood on 67 podiums, coming in first place for 10 races. In 2023, he placed 15th in the driver standings.

Zhou Guanyu

Zhou Guanyu
Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu (24) of China poses for photos prior to the inaugural Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix on November 18, 2023 on the Las Vegas Street Circuit in Las Vegas, Nevada. Icon Sportswire / Getty Images

Team: Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber

Age: 24

Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Years active in F1: 2

Instagram: @zhouguanyu24

Zhou made his F1 debut in 2022 driving for Alfa Romeo and is continuing to race for the team under its new name.

Racing in a total of 44 races, the highest position he's come in a race was eighth place.

In 2023, he placed 18th in the 2023 driver standings.

Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and Haas walks in the Paddock prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 24, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eurasia Sport Images / Getty Images

Team: MoneyGram Haas F1 Team

Age: 31

Birthplace: Roskilde, Denmark

Years active in F1: 9

Instagram: @kevinmagnussen

Joining the sport in 2014, Magnussen had a couple year-long breaks.

He first joined McLaren in 2014 and drove there for one year. In 2015, Magnussen was left without a seat, but returned in 2016 after signing with Renault.

He then drove for Haas from 2017 to 2020, was left without a spot in 2021, but rejoined the team in 2022.

Magnussen raced in 164 Grand Prix throughout his career and stood on one podium when he came in second place. He has yet to win his first race.

In 2023, he finished the season 19th in the driver standings.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and MoneyGram Haas F1 Team arrives at the track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 26, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Qian Jun / MB Media / Getty Images

Team: MoneyGram Haas F1 Team

Age: 36

Birthplace: Emmerich am Rhein, Germany

Years active in F1: 13

Instagram: @hulkhulkenberg

At times in his career, Hulkenberg, like his current teammate, had no F1 seat between seasons.

The German driver made his F1 debut with Williams in 2010, but was left without a spot in 2011. A year later, he joined Force India, before driving for Sauber.

Throughout his decades-long-plus career, Hulkenberg has also been a driver for Renault, Aston Martin, and most recently joined his current team, Haas, in 2023.

In the 206 races he's driven in his career, he hasn't stood on any podiums. The highest he's placed in a single race is fourth three times. In 2023, he placed 16th in the driver standings.