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2023 Method 1 driver market: Which drivers are going the place?

Crimson Bull

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB18

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Even earlier than Crimson Bull streaked properly away from Ferrari within the 2022 constructors’ championship, it had each drivers signed up for subsequent season. Stability is the secret as an uber-long deal to retain Max Verstappen means he’ll once more lead the outfit over compliant team-mate Sergio Perez.  

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Max Verstappen – Crimson Bull has the reigning world champion beneath lock and key, with Verstappen contractually dedicated to the staff till 2028 after signing a five-year extension earlier this season. The deal may web the driving force as much as €50million a yr. 
  • Driver 2: Sergio Perez – After profitable this season’s Monaco Grand Prix, the Mexican let slip on his method to the rostrum that he’d simply inked a brand new deal. Days later, it was introduced that Perez had signed on until 2024. However he might want to tackle his late-campaign droop in kind. 

Ferrari

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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Ferrari chairman John Elkann needs Maranello to win a drivers’ and constructors’ title earlier than 2026, particularly with “Charles Leclerc in pole place”. Simply as properly the Monegasque has agreed a long-term cope with the Scuderia. Equally, stablemate Carlos Sainz goes nowhere for subsequent yr.  

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Charles Leclerc – Leclerc has been part of the Ferrari household since 2016, when he joined the Driver Academy. And it appears he’s staying put for some time but, the staff’s main gentle having inked a contract to remain part of the Prancing Horse’s secure till 2024.  
  • Driver 2: Carlos Sainz – To enthuse the tifosi forward of the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Ferrari’s doorstep, a two-year extension to maintain one-time F1 winner Sainz on board until the end of 2024 was revealed. That may take his stick with the staff to at the very least 4 years.    

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Lewis Hamilton thought-about strolling away from F1 after the controversial occasions of Abu Dhabi final yr. However he has returned to steer the staff within the ground-effect period and assist the speedy progress of George Russell. The Brits will once more pair up in 2023 as they search to return the Silver Arrow to success.  

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Lewis Hamilton – The seven-time champion is contracted to Mercedes until the end of 2023. Neglect those that recommended he ought to retire early to save lots of face after being overwhelmed initially by George Russell, for Hamilton’s stance is softening. It seems to be like he’ll stay with the three-pointed star past his present deal.  
  • Driver 2: George Russell – There’s no escaping that after Hamilton walks away, Russell will turn into the brand new face of Mercedes in motorsport and take the battle to Messrs Verstappen and Leclerc. Therefore why he is on a “long-term” deal, though no finish date has been publicly specified.    

Alpine

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

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Alpine has not come out of the 2022 driver market dealings smelling of roses. It dillydallied with Fernando Alonso’s contract, inflicting the Spaniard to hunt pastures new. And it upset Oscar Piastri sufficient to trigger F1’s ‘subsequent huge factor’ to look elsewhere. So, there’s an area alongside Esteban Ocon. No matter Alpine finally decides to do, it’s set to have knock-on results down the grid. 

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Esteban Ocon – There’s little denying that Ocon’s inventory has fallen in 2022 after being roundly trumped by Alonso. However he stays safe. The lofty French racer should now lead the staff into battle for the rest of his contract, which expires in late 2024.
  • Driver 2: No driver confirmed – With Alonso and Piastri gone, Alpine is taking part in the sector. Not keen to reunite with outdated flame Daniel Ricciardo, it’s Pierre Gasly that tops the wishlist. However the staff has additionally evaluated Nyck de Vries, Jack Doohan and Antonio Giovinazzi in a private test ought to the AlphaTauri driver keep put.  

McLaren

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

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McLaren has bought its man, having poached Method 2 and three champion Oscar Piastri from the books at Alpine. The recent prospect will companion Lando Norris, who has pledged his future to the staff however now wants a automotive able to permitting him to combat with Verstappen, Leclerc and Russell into the late 2020s.  

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Lando Norris – Norris is locked in at McLaren properly past simply subsequent season, having earlier this yr committed his future to the team until 2025. The query is, given his expertise, how lengthy will it take the Woking squad to present him a automotive able to profitable races?
  • Driver 2: Oscar Piastri – The Australian has been on the centre of the driving force market storm. The Contract Recognition Board ruling in McLaren’s favour saves a number of quid, because the staff was going to purchase his companies for 2023 come what might. Daniel Ricciardo, in the meantime, makes method to enable Piastri to arrive on a two-year deal

Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

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The Alfa Romeo branding for the Sauber staff might be eliminated on the finish of subsequent season. However forward of an Audi takeover, continuity is the order of the day for this Swiss squad as Valtteri Bottas stays put and spectacular 2022 rookie Zhou Guanyu has been given one other yr to show his value. 

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Valtteri Bottas – The Finn changed compatriot Kimi Raikkonen for 2022 and has loved rising from the shadow of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. He has led Alfa Romeo with distinction and, with a “multi-year” deal in his pocket, fancies sticking round for the Audi entry in 2026.
  • Driver 2: Zhou Guanyu – The Chinese language rookie reckons he skilled 10 years’ value of F1 motion in 2022 alone – see his factors finishes and big Silverstone smash. An absence of errors has earned him a one-year extension for 2023. Now he should shut the zero.35s hole to Bottas.

Haas

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

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Charismatic staff boss Gunther Steiner has been blowing extra chilly than sizzling in relation to discussing the way forward for Mick Schumacher on the staff. The driving force’s camp isn’t all that impressed with that. However the spectacular F1 return of Kevin Magnussen will create some continuity for 2023. 

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Kevin Magnussen – The Dane returned to F1 on the eve of the marketing campaign to exchange ousted Russian racer Nikita Mazepin on a two-year deal. That adopted a season of sportscar racing in America. Magnussen has been the clear staff chief at Haas so goes nowhere.
  • Driver 2: No driver confirmed – The incumbent Mick Schumacher has proven flashes and scored his first and second F1 factors finishes this season. However he has not taken a significant step to match Magnussen commonly. That and, within the age of funds caps, twice splitting the automotive in two as a part of large shunts has left his future hanging within the stability. Daniel Ricciardo, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nico Hulkenberg are the humdrum candidates to replace him.  

AlphaTauri

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

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With Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez carrying on at Crimson Bull, its junior staff drivers at AlphaTauri at first appeared on track to be saved in a holding sample. However with the current uncertainty over Pierre Gasly’s future as he considers a swap to Alpine, Yuki Tsunoda would possibly count on a brand new sparring companion. 

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Yuki Tsunoda – There’s no denying Tsunoda is speedy on his day, extraordinarily hot-headed and vulnerable to error. However it’s the primary issue that has seemingly carried probably the most weight and earned him a 3rd season in F1 with AlphaTauri with a one-year extension.  
  • Driver 2: No driver confirmed – Whereas Pierre Gasly is technically confirmed for 2023, his future on the staff is up within the air as Alpine courtroom his companies. Initially, Crimson Bull driver programme boss Helmut Marko needed IndyCar star Colton Herta to come back in. However for the reason that American has inadequate factors for a superlicence, 27-year-old Nyck de Vries is now the main candidate and has met with Marko. A promotion for junior driver Liam Lawson appears unlikely. 

Aston Martin

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

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Crew proprietor Lawrence Stroll didn’t hold round. As his four-time champion driver Sebastian Vettel arrange an Instagram account to disclose his F1 retirement, the Canadian shortly entered profitable talks to signal a marquee alternative in Fernando Alonso. Naturally, he’ll companion Lance Stroll.  

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Fernando Alonso – The 41-year-old has exited stage left from the Alpine-branded Enstone staff the place he gained his two titles. The social gathering line is that the brand new manufacturing facility and main funding at Aston Martin will grant him larger success sooner. He’s got a “multi-year” deal to work with.
  • Driver 2: Lance Stroll – Because the son of staff proprietor Lawrence Stroll, the phrases of Lance’s contract relating to size and renumeration stay the stuff of hypothesis. However it’s affordable to imagine the seat is Lance’s for so long as he needs it, or till his dad sells up. 

Williams  

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

Alex Albon, Williams FW44

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Alex Albon has accomplished a fantastic job changing George Russell because the Williams staff chief in 2022, so no shock as he stays. However with Nicholas Latifi despatched packing and the second seat at Williams not engaging sufficient for Oscar Piastri, there’s a 2023 drive on supply to one among two F1 newcomers.  

Confirmed 2023 drivers

  • Driver 1: Alex Albon – When the foolish season really bought going, Williams swiftly introduced Albon had agreed an extension with the staff to thrust back suitors. The Thai-Brit has a “multi-year” deal in his pocket, the brand new paperwork additionally permitting him to interrupt away from Crimson Bull.  
  • Driver 2: No driver confirmed – With Nicholas Latifi’s three-year deal signed in 2020 coming to an end, there’s a emptiness on the Williams inn. After his starring Italian GP cameo in September, Method E champion Nyck de Vries is the frontrunner. However the Dutch racer additionally has admirers at Alpine and AlphaTauri, which could lead Williams to advertise its American Method 2 racer and driver academy member Logan Sargeant. Within the occasion he misses out on a top-five end within the junior collection to safe sufficient superlicence factors, Jack Doohan would possibly achieve an sudden alternative. Strikes for Daniel Ricciardo and Mick Schumacher can also’t be solely dominated out.   

2023 F1 free brokers

For the 4 (Alpine, Haas, AlfaTauri, Williams) plum F1 seats left up for grabs, listed under are the main candidates. Some are Method 2 college students seeking to take the subsequent step of their profession. Others are extra skilled and have had their GP shot, gone away, however are within the body for a return. After which there’s the present F1 stars who will turn into free brokers on the finish of 2022 or would possibly nonetheless rip up their current contract and transfer elsewhere to make sure the foolish season stretches on.  

  • Antonio Giovinazzi – The previous Alfa Romeo racer is speedy on his day, however struggled to match a declining Kimi Raikkonen throughout three seasons as team-mates. Since leaving F1, he’s been tooling round behind the Method E grid with the perplexing Dragon Racing squad. However his worth to Ferrari as a simulator driver has earned a Haas FP1 outing at Monza and linked him with changing Mick Schumacher for 2023. Giovinazzi has also tested for Alpine however maybe solely to behave as a benchmark for fellow contenders Nyck de Vries and Jack Doohan.
  • Daniel Ricciardo – Ricciardo has had his contract with McLaren cut short, because the staff dropped him a yr early in favour of getting his fellow Australian Oscar Piastri within the door. The eight-time F1 race winner has been linked as Mercedes’ check driver, and has publicly mentioned he’s open to a year out if he could make extra progress in 2024. Lengthy odds on a Williams transfer apart, the one different remotely lifelike possibility is to take a heavy pay minimize and be part of Haas.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

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  • Jack Doohan – The son of legendary motorcycle racer Mick Doohan has been testing the 2021 Alpine automotive as a part of the staff’s prolonged analysis course of to discover a alternative for Alonso and Piastri. The rookie Formula 2 racer’s inexperience, although, is a significant detractor. However a not wholly unrealistic yr or two at Williams may assist his studying curve.
  • Logan Sargeant – The younger American blew his likelihood of a late surge to the FIA Method 2 title spoils following 5 DNFs in 9 races. However he’s still on course for a top-five result within the championship, which might grant him enough factors to earn a superlicence ought to he obtain a call-up from Williams. He’s on the staff’s books as a driver academy member.  
  • Mick Schumacher – There’s not been the main step ahead in his second F1 season to indicate he’s an everyday sufficient match for, not to mention faster, than team-mate Kevin Magnussen. Solely two factors finishes and twice wrecking his Haas automotive to the tune of $1million a pop means Schumacher’s time on the American staff is nearly definitely coming to an finish. There’s talk of him cutting ties with Ferrari. If he did that, he would doubtless flip his again on a good Hypercar drive additionally. He can’t be completely dominated out from becoming a member of Alpine, since good pal Esteban Ocon has nominated Schumacher as his first selection to exchange Alonso. He’s additionally within the dialog in regards to the second Williams seat.  
  • Nico Hulkenberg – The German hasn’t raced full-time in F1 since 2019 however is seriously in contention for the second Haas seat alongside Kevin Magnussen. The 35-year-old has featured twice for Aston Martin in 2022 when Sebastian Vettel was sidelined with COVID-19 so has some expertise of ground-effect equipment. He’s additionally within the dialogue for Alpine.
Nyck de Vries, Williams

Nyck de Vries, Williams

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  • Nyck de Vries – The Method E and Method 2 champion may need been missed by Williams for a 2022 drive, however after his run to ninth place within the Italian GP when he stood in for Alex Albon, de Vries can do no extra to earn a spot in F1, in keeping with staff boss Jost Capito. So spectacular was his cameo, the 27-year-old is being thought-about by Alpine and majorly so by AlphaTauri. One thing about F1 drives and London buses… 
  • Pierre Gasly – Formally, at the very least, Gasly is contracted to AlphaTauri for 2023. Nevertheless, he’s on this extra fluid part as a result of there’s nice uncertainty over his future. If he and Esteban Ocon can work out their variations, Gasly is hotly tipped for a swap to Alpine and would doubtless go away the Crimson Bull driver pool with the blessing of its overlord Helmut Marko. 
  • The others – IndyCar sizzling property Colton Herta controversially hasn’t bought the required superlicence factors so will doubtless accept personal exams and FP1 outings solely. Crimson Bull junior Liam Lawson will most likely be restricted to Friday motion additionally. Jack Aitken has a distant likelihood of shifting to Williams ought to de Vries look elsewhere and Sargeant not achieve a superlicence. Pietro Fittipaldi’s profitable backing retains him within the body for a Haas seat. Alfa Romeo reserve Robert Kubica has lengthy odds to achieve a full-time drive, whereas the Italian-Swiss squad’s protégé Theo Pourchaire underwhelmed by not profitable the FIA Method 2 title at his second try. In the meantime, axed Williams racer Nicholas Latifi seems to be to have run out of full-time F1 choices.  




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