It’s one thing to make it to Formula 1, but it’s another thing entirely to stay there.

That’ll be the truism ringing in the ears of F1’s nine uncontracted drivers in 2022, whose first job will be to ensure ongoing gainful employment into 2023 and beyond.

You’ve got to be in it to win it, and with almost half the grid’s seats up for grabs, the 2022–23 silly season has a great deal of potential to be very silly indeed.

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Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement as reigning world champion before accepting his 2016 championship trophy.
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Carlos Sainz says he's honoured by Renault's interest in his services in 2017, but says any decision is out of his hands.
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Sergio Perez has given Force India one week to agree to his new contract, otherwise the Mexican will be looking elsewhere.
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Nico Rosberg and Mercedes have agreed to a two-year contract extension for the championship leader.
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