(Motorsport-Total.com) – What does Mick Schumacher’s sporting future look like? Will Sebastian Vettel continue at Aston Martin? And which drivers get the cockpits that are still open? Ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season, there are still a few unanswered questions about the driver market. We provide the latest overview of which teams have already booked their drivers for 2023 and where there is still room!
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2022 Formula 1 drivers pose for a group photo in Bahrain
Unfortunately, some drivers are scheduled for years: Max Verstappen, for example, has signed a very long-term contract with Red Bull, Charles Leclerc will remain with Ferrari in the medium term. Other drivers, on the other hand, have to worry about the continuation of their Formula 1 career.
Here is an overview of Formula 1 2023 drivers and teams and all confirmed drivers – browse the photo gallery (see below) and as an overview in text form.
Mercedes: Both cockpits are furnished. In July 2021, Lewis Hamilton signed a contract extension up to and including 2023. George Russell will also remain a Silver Arrow driver in 2023 because he also has a multi-year contract.
RedBull: Max Verstappen sealed his mid-term future before the start of the 2022 season by signing a contract extension with Red Bull – until 2028! No one else in the field has as many safety plans. Sergio Perez is also still at the beginning: he has extended his contract in the 2022 season for two more years up to and including 2024.
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc signed a long-term contract in 2019 until the end of 2024 and will therefore be at Ferrari in 2023. The same applies to Carlos Sainz: During the 2022 Formula 1 season, he received a two-year contract extension. So it is also set for 2023 and the following year.
McLaren: Lando Norris will remain a McLaren driver for the foreseeable future after signing a long-term contract extension in 2021. The exact term is unknown, but it could run until the end of 2025. According to McLaren, current team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is under contract until 2023 However, recent statements from McLaren CEO Zak Brown indicate Ricciardo’s contract includes release clauses for both parties.
Alpine: Esteban Ocon will remain with Alpine after the 2022 season. In 2021 he was promised the cockpit until 2024. On the other hand, it is not clear who will drive the second Alpine car in 2023: Fernando Alonso’s Formula 1 contract will expire after two years at the end of season 2022. A possible candidate to succeed Alonso if he leaves the team is Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri.
Photo gallery: Formula 1 drivers 2023
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AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly has a valid contract for the 2023 season. Red Bull sporting director Helmut Marko has one. Interview on the Formel1.de YouTube channel explains that the Frenchman and Yuki Tsunoda are the favorites of the two cockpits: “It can be assumed that the current drivers. [auch für 2023] are installed.” At least Gasly was officially confirmed at the end of June.
Aston Martin: The cockpit at Aston Martin will certainly be free: Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement from Formula 1 after the 2022 season on July 28. The contract extension with Vettel’s teammate Lance Stroll should be only a matter of form: Lawrence Stroll’s father, as Director An Aston Martin executive, he also holds the reins at the Formula 1 team of the same name.
Williams: Nicholas Latifi’s three-year contract with Williams expires after the 2022 season. The team has yet to make any comments about wanting to keep the Canadian; but this is not considered a possibility. It is also unclear whether Alexander Albon will drive for Williams beyond 2022. The traditional racing team has only confirmed him for one year so far, namely for 2022. Oscar Piastri is a hot candidate for 2023 if there is no place for him at Alpine.
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas has signed a multi-year contract with Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season. The exact wording is unknown, but in any case it still includes the 2023 season. It remains to be seen if Guanyu Zhou will be there again. The Chinese will drive the car in 2022 on a one-year contract, possibly with an option for a second year.
Haas: Kevin Magnussen has signed a multi-year contract with Haas on his return to Formula 1. He should also compete for the American team in 2023. The contract of Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, the Ferrari Academy driver, expires at the end of 2022. The Ferrari engine is allowed to take one of the two cockpits of Haas and the local junior.
Teams and drivers for the 2023 Formula 1 season:
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton / George Russell
RedBull: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc / Carlos Sainz
McLaren: Lando Norris / ??
Alpine: Esteban Oçon / ??
AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly / ??
Aston Martin: ?? / ??
Williams: ?? / ??
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas / ??
Haas: Kevin Magussen / ??