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How could the 2016 F1 line-up look as drivers look for new homes?

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The current Formula One season may not be done yet but, what with rumor and speculation a near constant in the business, many people have been looking ahead to next season already.

With the future of a number of drivers unclear there is growing interest in just who will be racing, and where.

GiveMeSport takes a look at how the teams might line up come race one of the 2016 season.

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Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Nico Rosberg

Why?

They are both under contract with the Germans, and this partnership looks like it could go on for a couple of years.

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Scuderia Ferrari

  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Valtteri Bottas 

Why?

Sebastian Vettel has just signed a long-term contract with Ferrari, and, as it's his boyhood dream, it's unlikely that he'll leave.

As the relationship between Raikkonen and Ferrari looks the have reached the end because of the disappointing results, Ferrari could end up signing the other Finn in F1. He's a straight forward guy, and he could bring a lot to the redevelopment of Ferrari. 

Williams Martini Racing

  • Felipe Massa
  • Nico Hulkenberg

Why?

Felipe Massa's contract said three years when he signed it, so this'll be his last year with Williams. Nico Hulkenberg is probably the most underrated driver in F1. After impressing results with Force India and a victory in Le Mans, the time might have come for Hulkenberg to step up and fight for the F1 championship.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

  •  Daniel Ricciardo
  •  Daniil Kvyat

Why?

So far the problem with Red Bull hasn't been the driver but the manufacturer. Renault's engines just haven’t been good enough, so it's likely that Ricciardo and Kvyat will be with us for next season.

Sahara Force India F1 Team

  •  Sergio Perez
  •  Pascal Wehrlein 

Why?

With Perez contracted and Nico Hulkenberg going to Williams, there is suddenly a free spot at Force India.

This spot will be filled in by Pascal Wehrlein. He is Force India's test-driver and has also been testing for Mercedes. He tested the car for Force India during the 2015 pre-season and he hís the most likely replacement for Nico Hulkenberg.

McLaren Honda

  • Stoffel Vandoorne
  • Fernando Alonso

Why?

Even though it's been a frustrating season for Alonso, he will remain at the team and hope for better things.

Stoffel Vandoorne has been driving brilliantly for ART Grand Prix in this year GP2 and is one of the names to look out for. His impressive performances coupled with Button's likely retirement means that Vandoorne enters the big league.

Lotus F1 Team

  • Romain Grosjean 
  • Pastor Maldonado

Why?

It was confirmed by Lotus that talks with Jolyon Palmer had broken down and he would remain in GP2. So Lotus' line up is exactly the same, and that means Pastor Maldonado will be treating us with lots more of his driving.

Sauber F1 Team

  • Marcus Ericsson 
  • Felipe Nasr

Why? Sauber confirmed earlier this year that they had signed both drivers for the 2016 season.

Scuderia Toro Rosso

  • Carlos Sainz jnr.
  • Max Verstappen

Why?

With Renault staying as the manufacturer for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso, the case with Toro Rosso is much the same as with Red Bull. 

Manor Marussia F1 Team

  •  Fabio Leimer
  •  Kevin Magnussen

Why?

Leimer was signed in June as their reserve driver and is the direct replacement. Magnussen is keen to get back into F1, and he was rumored to be heading to Manor ahead of the 2015 season.

Haas F1 Team

  • Esteban Gutierrez 
  • Alexander Rossi

Why?

Alexander Rossi has been in and around F1 for quite some time now. He was signed by Marussia ahead of the 2014 season, and was set to be the replacement for Jules Bianchi after his crash at Suzuka.

Esteban Gutierrez claimed he had a contract with Sauber ahead of the 2015 season, only to be replaced by Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr. He had to settle with being a reserve-driver for Ferrari, and as with Magnussen, he is keen to get back.

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