GRID TAKING SHAPE: The F1 grid for 2017 is starting to take shape, with only a few teams left to decide on drivers for the 2017 season. Image: AFP
France - The 2016 Formula 1 championship could be decided at the season finale in Abu Dhabi (November 27).
Team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continue to battle for the Drivers' title with two races remaining in the season.
Ahead of the season finale, teams are preparing the 2017 championship with rookie drivers being signed.
Here's a likely starting grid for the 2017 F1 championship after Jolyon Palmer was confirmed for Renault on Wednesday (November 9):
Mercedes-AMG: Lewis Hamilton (GBR) and Nico Rosberg (GER)
Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) and Max Verstappen (NED)
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel (GER) and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)
Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) and Daniil Kvyat (RUS)
McLaren-Honda: Fernando Alonso (ESP) and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL)
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Williams: Valtteri Bottas (FIN) and Lance Stroll (CAN)
Renault: Jolyon Palmer (GBR) and Nico Hulkenberg (GER)
To be decided:
Force India: Sergio Perez (MEX) and Esteban Ocon (FRA) or Felipe Nasr (BRA)
Haas: Romain Grosjean (FRA) or Esteban Gutirrez (MEX) or Kevin Magnussen (DEN)
Manor: Pascal Wehrlein (GER) or Esteban Ocon (FRA) or Felipe Nasr (BRA)
Sauber: Marcus Ericsson (SWE) or Felipe Nasr (BRA) or TBA.