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2023 F1 grid: Right here’s the confirmed driver line-up | Autocar India

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The 2023 grid sees some large shake ups, with Alonso becoming a member of Aston Martin, Hulkenberg making his full-time F1 return and extra.

The 2022 System 1 season wrapped up at Abu Dhabi, and with that the game bids goodbye to some fan favourites like Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and even Mick Schumacher.

The main focus now shifts to 2023. With Williams confirming American driver Logan Sargeant, we now have the final piece of the puzzle that’s the 2023 driver grid. Let’s check out who’s driving the place.

Pink Bull Racing

Drivers: Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez

2022 was a record-breaking season for Verstappen, who clinched his second title after successful over 70 p.c of the races. The Dutchman admits that replicating his dominant efficiency shall be a tricky activity as he now chases a hat-trick of titles, however added, “it is usually motivation to try to do effectively once more subsequent 12 months.”

Sergio Perez stays on for his third season with Pink Bull. There was some friction between Verstappen and him, with all of the drama on the Brazil GP finally leading to Perez shedding out on second place within the championship to Charles Leclerc. Nevertheless, issues seem to have calmed down since then, with Perez saying “it’s all behind us and we’ve moved on”.

Ferrari

Drivers: Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz

Ferrari began off the season sturdy, with Leclerc even main the championship at one level. Nevertheless, their title problem rapidly light and Leclerc was left struggling to even maintain on to P2 within the standings.

With Leclerc and Sainz, the crew has two confirmed race winners. Greater than the automobile, it was questionable technique decisions that permit the crew down in 2022. However, they appear to have made progress on that entrance, particularly on the Abu Dhabi GP.

Mercedes

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton, George Russell

After years of dominating the sector, Mercedes discovered themselves with a automobile idea that finally simply wasn’t the appropriate match. For the primary time ever in his F1 profession, Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the season with no single win or pole.

However, there are some positives. The updates delivered to the US GP helped increase their efficiency on tracks that don’t punish a draggier automobile – just like the W13 – as a lot. This resulted in George Russell scoring his maiden F1 win. Mercedes appear to know the place they went flawed this 12 months, and will they be capable of rectify this for 2023, they may very effectively be part of the title hunt.

Alpine

Drivers: Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon

Fernando Alonso’s shock announcement that he’ll be leaving Alpine to hitch Aston Martin performed a decisive function in shaping (and shaking up) the 2023 grid. Alpine hurriedly introduced reserve driver Oscar Piastri as Alonso’s substitute, just for Piastri to quite infamously announce on social media that he gained’t be driving for the crew.

After months of uncertainty, Alpine lastly confirmed Pierre Gasly, who jumps ship after years of being a part of the Pink Bull fray. He companions Esteban Ocon, who managed to outscore his teammate Alonso this 12 months. Each drivers are race winners and may boast of some sturdy performances. So, regardless of all of the drama, Alpine appear to have landed up with fairly a powerful driver pairing.

McLaren

Drivers: Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri

2021 F2 champion Piastri joins McLaren for his rookie season, as a part of a multi-year deal. Daniel Ricciardo was technically contracted with the crew for 2023, nevertheless, after a sequence of disappointing races, it didn’t come as a shock that McLaren determined to half methods with him. Whereas he gained’t characteristic on the grid subsequent 12 months, he’s strongly linked to a reserve function with Pink Bull.

Lando Norris, in the meantime, has signed a brand new cope with McLaren that sees him stick with the crew till at the very least 2025.

Alfa Romeo

Drivers: Valtteri Bottas, Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo entered the 2022 season with a very new driver pairing, however it’s a bet that paid off. Valtteri Bottas’ expertise coupled with a reasonably dependable rookie within the type of Zhou Guanyu helped the crew bag sixth place within the championship. So, it’s not stunning that they’ve determined to proceed with the identical line-up.

Zhou proved to be a constant crew participant this 12 months, however he completed the season a large 43 factors behind Bottas. So for his second season in F1, the strain could be very a lot on him to start out matching his teammate’s efficiency.

Aston Martin

Drivers: Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll

With Sebastian Vettel calling time on his F1 profession, Aston Martin was left in search of a driver who can ship each, the expertise wanted to information the crew, in addition to a picture becoming to symbolize Aston Martin as a model. Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso matches the invoice completely.

Aston Martin struggled this 12 months, ending seventh out of 10 groups. Nevertheless, Alonso has maintained that it was the potential of the crew that satisfied him to signal on. He’ll race alongside Lance Stroll subsequent 12 months.

Haas

Drivers: Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg shall be making his full-time racing return, instead of Mick Schumacher. Whereas Schumacher impressed in his rookie season with Nikita Mazepin, driving alongside Kevin Magnussen this 12 months highlighted that there’s nonetheless loads that he must be taught. The younger German did have some sturdy moments, together with factors finishes in Silverstone and Austria. However that needed to be weighed up in opposition to a string of crashes (denting Haas’ finances) and the truth that he accounts for lower than a 3rd of the factors scored by the crew.

Haas has as a substitute determined to guess on expertise this time. 35-year-old Hulkenberg hasn’t raced in F1 full time since 2019. However he has made 5 substitute appearances since then. Having pushed for Williams, Pressure India, Sauber, Renault, Racing Level and Aston Martin, there’s little doubt that he brings a wealth of expertise.

AlphaTauri

Drivers: Yuki Tsunoda, Nyck de Vries

AlphaTauri signing Nyck de Vries was maybe one of many extra stunning driver bulletins, because it’s uncommon for the crew to look exterior the Pink Bull junior roster.

De Vries, who was a part of the Mercedes household for a number of years, has had fairly an unconventional path to F1. After successful the F2 championship in 2019, he was unable to discover a spot on the F1 grid and as a substitute moved to System E, the place he gained the 2021 title with Mercedes. He acquired his large F1 break this 12 months, filling in for an sick Alex Albon for Williams on the Italian GP. A factors end in his debut race generated loads of buzz and at 27 years outdated, he’s now set to embark on his rookie season. Driving alongside him shall be Yuki Tsunoda, who stays on for his second season with AlphaTauri.

Williams

Drivers: Alex Albon, Logan Sargeant

Williams confirmed Alex Albon for 2023 pretty early on, however there was an enormous query mark over who would bag the second seat. Final month, crew principal Jost Capito singled out American F2 driver Logan Sargeant as a probable candidate ought to he safe the mandatory Tremendous Licence factors.

A fourth-place end within the F2 drivers’ standings was greater than sufficient for the 21-year-old to fulfill that requirement, and he’s now been confirmed at Williams, changing Nicholas Latifi. He’ll be the primary American driver to race in F1 since Alexander Rossi in 2015.

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