The period where the F1 Drivers are private entities, with their own managers, trainers and support personnel, contracted to a team for a year... There's more... is in full swing. pundit; plural noun: an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called upon to give their opinions... There's more... speculate on where available drivers would be best suited and then re-consider their predictions as drivers lock in seats and the options decrease.
There are no set rules as to how this unfolds or when, but it is not uncommon for one move to trigger a run of deals being announced and the reason it is referred to as the silly season.