Updated IndyCar and F1 2022 Silly Season Pages

Although it is VERY unlikely that Nico Hulkenberg will race in IndyCar next year, he has has discussions about racing on the road and street circuits next year for Ed Carpenter racing in case Conor Daly cannot come up with the money to buy the seat again.

Per the F1 Silly Season table below the IndyCar table, Hulkenberg is trying to land a seat on the Williams F1 team next year, that is his preference.

Last Update August 2, 2021

2022 IndyCar Silly Season Page
Team Engine No. Driver Primary Sponsor Rating Comments
AJ Foyt Racing
4 Dalton Kellett K-Line Strong
14 Sebastien Bourdais ROKIT Speculation Likely to re-sign
14 Tatiana Calderon ROKIT Speculation Could replace Bourdais
11  Charlie Kimball  Tresiba Speculation

Andretti Autosport

25 Stefan Wilson Lohla Sport Speculation Indy 500 Only
Colton Herta Gainbridge Fact Signed
27 Alexander Rossi NAPA and AutoNation Strong Signed, but Penske beckons
27 Romain Grosjean NAPA and Miami Breeze Car Care Speculation If Rossi goes to Penske
28 Jack Harvey DHL and AutoNation Speculation
29 Alex Albon Money from Thailand Speculation F1 reserve driver itching for real racing
Arrow McLaren SP Chevy 5 Pato O’Ward Arrow Fact Signed
7 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow Speculation Has to step up his game
7 Nico Hulkenberg Arrow Speculation Eying IndyCar
6 Juan Montoya TBD Speculation Indy 500 only
Carlin Racing Chevy 59 Max Chilton Gallagher Insurance Strong Likely to re-sign
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 8 Marcus Ericsson Huski Chocolate Strong Likely to re-sign
9 Scott Dixon PNC Bank Fact Signed
10 Alex Palou NTT Data Fact Signed
48 Jimmie Johnson Carvana Strong May run full season
Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser Sullivan Honda 18 Ed Jones Sealmaster Strong Likely to re-sign
Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing Honda 51 Romain Grosjean Miami Breeze Car Care Speculation Andretti Bound?
52 Ryan Norman Koinu Inu Cryptro Speculation
52 Cody Ware TBD Speculation
Dreyer Reinbold Chevy 24 Sage Karam Wix Strong Indy 500 Only
67 JR Hildebrand Salesforce Strong Indy 500 Only
Ed Carpenter Racing
21 Rinus Veekay Sonax Fact Signed
Ed Carpenter US Space Force Fact Ovals Only
Nico Hulkenberg TBD Speculation Road and Street Only
Conor Daly US Air Force Strong Looking for $
Meyer Shank Racing Honda 60 Kevin Magnussen AutoNation and SiriusXM Speculation Would Ganassi let him go?
60 Kyle Kirkwood AutoNation and SiriusXM Strong Would bring Lights $1 million
06 Helio Castroneves TBD Strong Likely to re-sign
Paretta Autosport Chevy 16 Simona De Silvestro   Strong Indy 500 Only
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 15  Graham Rahal United Rentals Fact Signed
30 Takuma Sato Panasonic, Mi-Jack Speculation May Retire
45 Antonio Felix da Costa
TBD Speculation
Christian Lundgaard TBD Speculation Has given up on F1 dream
Jack Harvey HyVee Strong Leaving MSR
Santino Ferrucci HyVee Speculation
Team Penske Chevy 2 Josef Newgarden Hitachi Fact Signed
3 Scott McLaughlin Shell, PPG Strong Penske may send him to IMSA unless he steps up his game
3 or 22 Alexander Rossi TBD Speculation Depends on what Penske does with McLaughlin and Pagenaud
12 Will Power Verizon Fact Signed
22 Simon Pagenaud Menards Speculation IMSA Bound?
Top Gun Racing Chevy   RC Enerson US Navy? Fact Indy 500 Only?


2022 F1 Silly Season Page
Team Engine No. Driver Nat. Rating Comments
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen Ferrari 7 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Speculation Kimi has had a rough season and says he doesn’t care who replaces him.
47 Mick Schumacher Germany Speculation Schumacher is contracted to Ferrari. Do they keep him at Haas or move him to Alfa?
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Reportedly, Bottas has already spoken with Alfa about a 2022 seat.
99 Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Speculation Giovinazzi is unsure of his future.
53 Callum Ilott England Speculation Ilott one of many linked to Alfa Romeo
Alpha Tauri Red Bull 10 Pierre Gasly France Strong Gasly would like to go back to the senior Red Bull team but Alpha Tauri seems more likely.
22 Yuki Tsunoda Japan Strong Franz Tost seemed to suggest Tsunoda would get a second year with Alpha Tauri.
Alpine F1 Team Renault 14 Fernando Alonso Spain Strong It appears Alpine has an option on Alonso for 2022.
31 Esteban Ocon France Fact Ocon re-signed with Alpine in June.
Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Mercedes 5 Sebastian Vettel Germany Strong Vettel is all but confirmed.
18 Lance Stroll Canada Strong No confirmation, but we doubt Lawrence Stroll sacks his son.
Ferrari Ferrari 16 Charles Leclerc Monaco Fact Leclerc signed through 2024.
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Spain Fact Sainz all set at Ferrari for 2022.
Haas F1 Team Ferrari 9 Nikita Mazepin Russia Fact Mazepin is signed for 2022.
47 Mick Schumacher Germany Strong Schumacher is contracted to Ferrari. Do they keep him at Haas or move him to Alfa?
McLaren F1 Team Mercedes 3 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Fact Ricciardo signed for 2022.
4 Lando Norris England Fact Norris inked a multi-year deal with the team in May.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes 44 Lewis Hamilton England Fact Hamilton is signed for 2022.
63 George Russell England Strong If you believe Gunther Steiner, Russell is headed to Mercedes in 2022.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Despite the lack of performance, there are many who believe Bottas will stay.
Red Bull Racing Red Bull 11 Sergio Perez Mexico Strong Perez has endured a difficult stretch recently, but we expect he returns for a second year.
33 Max Verstappen Netherlands Fact Verstappen is all set for 2022.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Seems doubtful, but one rumor had Bottas possibly headed to Red Bull.
Williams Racing Mercedes 6 Nicholas Latifi Canada Speculation Not much word on Latifi for 2022.
26 Daniil Kvyat Russia Speculation Kvyat has been linked to Williams.
27 Nico Hulkenberg Germany Speculation Hulkenberg has been linked to Williams
63 George Russell England Speculation Williams doesn’t sound optimistic about keeping the talented Russell.
77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Speculation Add Williams to the list of teams Bottas is linked to.
45 Guanyu Zhou China Speculation Chinese F2 driver linked to Williams.
21 Nyck de Vries Netherlands Strong The Formula E driver is one of many linked with Williams.