Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari, Max Verstappen at Mercedes – How F1 could look in 2021

The end of the 2019 campaign is drawing to a subdued conclusion.

Lewis Hamilton is on track to win a sixth world title, Mercedes will win the Constructors’ Championship and F1 bosses have struggled to shake the ‘boring’ tag.

However, Liberty Media are plotting a major overhaul of rules from 2021 which they hope will make the sport more competitive.

Because of that, the majority of drivers have refused to commit their future beyond next year.

And that should open up an exciting battle between teams to secure the top talent.

Lewis Hamilton, a Mercedes stalwart, has flirted with the idea of joining Ferrari on several occasions.

The Brit says it would be a “dream” to don the famous Italian red before he retires and even Toto Wolff has admitted it is a possibility.

There does not seem to be a better time than in 2021, when Hamilton will turn 36.

His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas could also be moved on in a major reshuffle.

But who could the Silver Arrows turn to if such decisions were made?

Max Verstappen would be an obvious choice. Just this week the Dutchman, along with his father, criticised Red Bull and revealed their worry that the Austrian team may not challenge for the Championship over the coming years.

The 21-year-old is arguably the strongest driver on the grid, given his recent performances, and may look to move at the end of next year.

He could be joined by Esteban Ocon, who is highly thought of at Mercedes and will spend next year on loan to Renault.

Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel is unlikely to remain with his current outfit if he does not help to end their 12-year Championship drought, making space for Hamilton. However, rising star Charles Leclerc is expected to stay put.

Vettel could challenge Verstappen for a Mercedes seat but it would not be too surprising to see him return home to Red Bull – where he won four world titles between 2010 and 2013.

The German often spends time in the Red Bull garage and clearly misses his former employees.

He would need a partner so if we are rolling the years back then why can’t he be joined by Daniel Ricciardo?

The Australian’s move to Renault has clearly not worked out and if they’re not competitive next term it could be a smart move.

But who knows if Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will still be the runaway teams in 2020?

2021 predicted driver line up

Mercedes: Max Verstappen, Esteban Ocon

Ferrari: Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo

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