Mario Andretti, former driver and champion in System 1 in 1978, expects several teams to be in a position to compete in the 2023 season.
Red Bull and Max Verstappen dominated F1 last season, with the Dutchman setting a record 15 wins in one season, as well. to win his second title series in the category, but it is expected that there will be a lot of competition this year.
Despite failing to maintain their good start to the season, Ferrari enjoyed a successful year in 2022, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz winning four times between them, and Monegasque finishing second, while Mercedes only won once, George Russell in Brazil. , but showing good progress in the second half of the year.
Andretti wants to see all three teams fight for the title in 2023 with some ‘youngsters’ including McLaren, whose most recent wins were at Monza and Daniel Ricciardo in 2021frequently intervene on the podiums.
“You have to think they’re fighting like they always have,” he told RTL, about the prospect of a possible Mercedes comeback in 2023. “What if we had three teams fighting hard, and always with a fourth? How did McLaren get their nose in? “
Andretti said he also expects Aston Martin to change this year, following the arrival of two-time champion Fernando Alonso to the team, as well as the team’s new Silverstone factory opening soon. “They have a factory and all that with Fernando Alonso there now,” he said.
The 82-year-old former driver also praised George Russell after his first season as a Mercedes driver in 2022, where he took a stunning position in Hungary, his first win at the São Paulo GP, and finished 35 points ahead of seven. .the champion, Lewis Hamilton.
“If you look at his performance last year, not only in qualifying but also his strength in the race, you have to see him as a revelation,” concluded Andretti.