2022 will be an unprecedented year of regulatory change, but a big move is also expected for the Formula 1 drivers market. shortly and it seems to be confirmed almost certainly) Toto Wolff himself has announced that he has already taken the decision on next year, but has not yet publicly announced it.
Nyck De Vries, recently crowned Formula E World Champion, should ride a Formula 1 2022 single-seater together with the Alfa Romeo team that will probably lose both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi; the first veteran of formula 1 after 19 years of career seems to be ready for the official retirement (but never say never seen what we saw with Fernando Alonso in 2018); while Giovinazzi will probably remain in the Scuderia’s orbit as third test driver and given his position in the Ferrari Driver Academy, his future employment in the recently announced Ferrari Hypercar program of the WEC, which could prove to be a great potential, should not be ruled out.
Together with De Vries in Alfa Romeo it would be probable that Valtteri Bottas would lose his place in Mercedes in the event that Russell was confirmed in the Scuderia of the black arrows. Wolff himself had recently reiterated that if the Finn had not been renewed in Mercedes it would have been his first concern to make him find a place in F1 on board another team the reason for the chosen team? Team principal Vasseur has close ties to Toto Wolff.
Finally Alexander Albon, who last year lost the possibility of a place in Formula 1 following the choice of Red Bull to bet on Perez, could receive a place in Williams also because, again speaking of ties, the CEO of Williams , Jost Capito, has had ties to Red Bull from the time he ran the Volkswagen World Rally Championship program.