Formula One never disappoints. Even when the action on the track isn’t as competitive as it could or should be, there’s always some behind-the-scenes drama to keep fans entertained. This year’s championship already appears to be done and dusted, with Max Verstappen and Red Bull on course to claim another routine victory. There’ll be some great races this season, but from a competitive perspective, all eyes are looking towards next season.

And, although it’s early days, it's shaping up to be a fascinating year. With Hamilton leaving Mercedes for Ferrari, the driver’s merry-go-round is about to get underway. Here’s what just might happen before the F1 2025 season gets underway.

Verstappen to Replace Hamilton

Could Verstappen really replace Hamilton at Mercedes? Stranger things have happened. Toto Wolff has already confirmed that the team have Verstappen in their sights, which suggests that it’s at least in the realm of possibility. With Mercedes making improvements to their vehicle for 2025, it’s not ridiculous to think that, with Verstappen in the driver’s seat, the team will catch up to Red Bull.

If the move does happen, you can claim your BetMGM welcome bonus codes to back Mercedes for the championship, secure in the knowledge that you can use the free bet to back them for victory in 2026 if it doesn’t happen. The 2025 championship might be a little too soon for the team’s engineers, but if they can snag Max, then the 2026 title could be theirs.

More Likely: Alonso Will Move to Mercedes

Mercedes will want Verstappen and Verstappen may want Mercedes. But he’ll probably also want to continue his dominance at Red Bull — drivers very rarely get tired of winning. If the challenge doesn’t grab him, then Mercedes will have to look elsewhere.

Don’t be surprised if Fernando Alonso is the man to replace Hamilton in the driver’s seat. The 42-year-old remains one of Formula One’s best drivers and Toto Wolff was recently spotted having breakfast with Flavio Briatore, Alonso’s long-time manager. As it stands, Mercedes aren’t better than Alonso’s current team, Aston Martin, so it would be risky, but all the signs coming from Mercedes are that they’re making significant progress and plan to be more competitive next year.

Sainz to Red Bull

You have to feel a little sorry for Carlos Sainz, who has been ousted by Ferrari to make way for Lewis Hamilton despite doing next to nothing wrong. Well, that move might turn out to be a blessing. Reports suggest that he might be on his way back to Red Bull, at which point he’ll be sure to pick up many more points — and perhaps even a championship.

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