F1 2023 driver lineup has now been confirmed. Here’s the full summary of existing contracts, including Nico Hülkenberg’s move to Haas and Williams’ F2 signing Logan Sargeant
The Formula 1 F1 2023 drivers lineup features three rookie drivers, one returning veteran driver and two changed teams after months of rumour and speculation.
Nico Hülkenberg was the last confirmed driver in November. He will return to the Formula 1 seat full-time for the first time since 2019, replacing Mick Schumacher at Haas.
Young American driver Logan Sargeant has secured his seat at Williams in place of Nicholas Latifi, having finished high enough in the F2 championship last year to qualify for a superlicense. He will be the first American driver to enter F1 since Alexander Rossi in 2015.
Joining him as rookies are Oscar Piastri, the subject of a contract dispute between Alpine and McLaren, which eventually secured his services, and Nyck de Vries. The Dutchman’s impressive reserve for Williams at Monza last year earned him an AlphaTauri seat.
The signing of Piastri means Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 racing career is over – he has returned to Red Bull as a reserve driver. de Vries replaced Pierre Gasly who had moved to Alpine in place of Fernando Alonso. The two-time champion took the retired Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin seat.
As the midfield drama unfolds during the silly season, there is stability ahead, where the top three will continue into 2023 with an unchanged line-up.
Here are the full details of the confirmed drivers for next year.
Confirmed F1 2023 driver and team line-ups
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1. Alfa Romeo driver line-up
Valtteri Bottas is starting a three-year contract
Rookie Zhou Guanyu extended until 2023
It has been a much-improved season for Alfa Romeo, who has scored more points this season than in all of 2021.
Valtteri Bottas has assumed the leadership role since joining from Mercedes and will stay with the team for at two more years.
Along with him is rookie Zhou Guanyu, who originally signed with the team on a one-year contract but has had some impressive performances, with the Chinese driver now confirmed for 2023.
The young Chinese driver has shown signs of promise this season, finishing in the top 10 on his debut and eighth in Canada are outstanding races, while also developing a very good partnership with Bottas.
“He is a very great team-mate and it’s so nice,” Zhou said on the Beyond the Grid podcast. “Valtteri is great because with all his experience, he was able to not just answer all the questions I have, he was even asking me like ‘how do you feel? Do you have something you want to know even more about?”
Alfa hopes to build on promising performances in 2022 next year with the incumbent line-up.
2. AlphaTauri driver line-up
Pierre Gasly was contracted until 2023 but released for Alpine
Yuki Tsunoda confirmed for next year
Nyck de Vries replaces Gasly
Red Bull made the option earlier this season and extended the contract of Sergio Perez, which left Pierre Gasly with little hope of returning to the team. He then signed a contract extension with AlphaTauri until 2023, which seems to determine his future.
That was until the fireworks at Alpine, where both Alonso and Piastri noticed the second seat.
Gasly unexpectedly fell into the frame for the Alpine seat and the team are ready to let him go – if it could sign IndyCar’s Colton Herta. However, the American does not qualify for a super license, despite winning seven races and testing in F1 with McLaren.
Enter Nyck de Vries. Last year’s Formula E champion became a hot asset following a point-winning performance at Monza when he replaced Alex Albon at Williams.
His availability has meant that AlphaTauri has now released Gasly and signed the young Dutchman in 2023.
For the third year of operation, the team will include Yuki Tsunoda, who signed a one-year extension after the Italian Grand Prix.
3. Alpine driver line-up
Esteban Ocon signed a three-year extension last season
Fernando Alonso will come to Aston Martin at the end of the season
Pierre Gasly is now confirmed in the seat that was rejected by Oscar Piastri
Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon will form an all-French line-up at Alpine after a surprisingly complicated process to fill factory seats.
Fernando Alonso turned down the chance to extend his stay at the team in favor of a longer-term deal with Aston Martin, so Alpine then turned to Oscar Piastri, the team’s odd reserve driver who had been waiting for an F1 seat since winning Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles in consecutive years.
Alpine announced a deal for 2023, but this was later strongly rejected by Piastri, who said: “This is wrong and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving for Alpine next year.”
The Australian and his countryman manager Mark Webber instead engineered a move to McLaren, to replace the underperforming Daniel Ricciardo.
Alpine then targeted Pierre Gasly, who had signed a contract extension for 2023 with AlphaTauri. The team were ready to release the Frenchman if the right driver was found and did the right thing after signing Nyck de Vries.
4. Aston Martin driver line-up
Lance Stroll confirmed for next season
Fernando Alonso will join the team from Alpine
Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement
Aston Martin will trade one multiple world champion for another next year, after announcing the signing of Fernando Alonso to replace retired Sebastian Vettel.
The 2005 and 2006 F1 champion will race for the team in his 40s after agreeing to a multi-year deal announced the day after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Aston Martin was quick to commend Vettel when he announced his retirement, saying he had helped lay the foundations for future success.
Has Alonso finally timed a move perfectly to reap the rewards of Vettel’s work? There’s certainly a lot of investment in the team, including a new factory.
Alonso’s teammate has been confirmed: Lance Stroll will continue racing for his father’s team.
See more: Fernando Alonso Aston Martin F1 2023 Poster
5. Ferrari driver line-up
Charles Leclerc signed a 5-year extension at the end of 2019
Carlos Sainz signed a new contract earlier this year, ending in 2024
Scuderia is fighting to end a 14-year championship drought
Ferrari has driver pairs bound for years to come, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz forming an impressive partnership.
Leclerc has proven championship credentials since signing with Ferrari, while Sainz has had more luck – driving well into 2021, the Spaniard has struggled with the complex F1-75 which Ferrari produced for this year.
Last season’s performances gave Sainz a three-year extension and the Scuderia are now focused on one goal: winning the Formula 1 world championship.
6. Haas driver line-up
Kevin Magnussen marked F1 return with a multi-year contract
Mick Schumacher dropped for 2023 after an accident-laden season
Nico Hülkenberg returns to the grid next year
Haas has made an impressive start to 2022 by releasing Nikita Mazepin while allowing Kevin Magnussen to return to F1 after a season-ending season, and it has kept F1 fans eager for the rest of the year, as the last team to announce its 2023 line-up.
Magnussen has been awarded a multi-year deal to partner Mick Schumacher, who had an impressive rookie season outscoring his teammate in all but two races.
However, this year started to be difficult for the German driver, who at one point had no points compared to Magnussen’s 15. Going to the British GP, however, Schumacher started his turnaround, finishing eighth after a game against Max Verstappen, before scoring his sixth next week in Austria but crashed again in practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
It proved too much for the team that replaced him with Aston Martin reserve Nico Hülkenberg this year, who returned full-time for his first season since 2019, and after a number of impressive substitute appearances for riders affected by Covid.
Antonio Giovinazzi has previously been picked for the position but could have irreparably damaged his chances when he was in an FP1 session for Haas at Circuit of the Americas and crashed.
7. McLaren driver line-up
McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo agree to end their deal at the end of the year
Lando Norris signed a new extension to 2025
Oscar Piastri confirmed for 2023 with multi-year contract
With a combined age just slightly older than Fernando Alonso, McLaren will enter 2023 with a new lineup of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri; confirmed as the team’s second driver after a contract dispute with Alpine.
After two seasons of struggling with the car, Daniel Ricciardo will soon leave McLaren at the end of this year. He makes way for promising Piastri, who has been sidelined as Alpine’s reserve driver after winning three championships in a row, culminating in last year’s F2 title.
McLaren is the second team to confirm Piastri for 2023 after Alpine announced that he is under contract and will replace the departing Alonso. Piastri immediately denied this statement, after having held talks with McLaren. The matter has been referred to F1’s Contract Accreditation Board and after the ruling has not been made public, Piastri will now drive for McLaren.
He will side with Norris, 22, who despite his age is already a veteran of three seasons. His stellar form contrasts sharply with that of Ricciardo and Norris signed a pre-season contract extension to 2025, demonstrating McLaren’s belief in him – and fear that another team might poach him.
8. Mercedes driver line-up
Excellent defense of the Mercedes championship
The team is working their way back to the front
Both drivers have contracts for next year
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell be will driving for Mercedes in 2023 with both under contract.
Hamilton’s current contract expires at the end of next year while Russell, who has joined this season, is a long-term deal.
Its main focus is on trying to get back to the top in 2023, after porpoising problems at the start of the season left the team behind Ferrari and Red Bull.
Hamilton and Russell are working with the team to fight back for the top spot with both describing themselves as fully committed to Mercedes.
Hamilton’s age – 37 – suggests he may have some thinking on his future in F1 towards the end of 2023, but both Russell and team boss Toto Wolff have suggested that he will continue for many more years.
9. Red Bull driver line-up
Max Verstappen signed a five-year extension in March
Sergio Perez extended for two more years after Monaco GP
Hopes of a Red Bull return almost disappeared for Pierre Gasly
Max Verstappen has been well-rewarded following his first world championship – a five-year extension, reportedly worth $55 million a year and level with Lewis Hamilton’s contract.
At the end of his current deal, Verstappen will be 30 years old but has the potential to go much further than that for the brilliant Dutchman.
“You heard on my radio on the in lap [just after winning the title], asking if I could stay for another 10/15 years,” Verstappen said at the FIA prize giving gala.
“I am very happy where I am and I can be myself, and that I think is also really important. It’s not only about just purely F1: we can have fun, we can have a good laugh. It’s not only about performance, also you need to enjoy what you’re doing.”
By his side for at least another two years will be Sergio Perez, with Red Bull currently settling in for a steady pair of drivers.
Information about Perez’s contract extension came just two days after his win in Monaco and will run until the end of 2024.
“I am so proud to be a member of this team and I feel completely at home here now,” said Perez. “We are working very well together and my relationship with Max, on and off the track, is definitely helping drive us forward even more.”
After the rift that seemed to appear when Verstappen ignored the team’s orders in Brazil, it remains to be seen whether that harmony will prevail in 2023.
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10. Williams driver line-up
Alex Albon retained on a multi-year contract
Williams has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will leave
Logan Sargeant will race in 2023 after qualifying for superlicense
Williams’ 2023 plans are one of the best kept secrets of the rumored driver transfer season.
After three years with the team, it’s no surprise to hear that Nicholas Latifi will leave when his contract expires at the end of the season, leaving one seat vacant.
In fact, the team has been looking for a replacement for a while. The funding that came with Latifi was important in previous seasons, but now that the team is privately owned, they have said that they are no longer dependent on paid drivers and are parting ways with the team. Canada is inefficient.
His replacement has been in place for several months but was only confirmed after winning the super license at the last Formula 2 circuit of the year in Abu Dhabi.
At the US Grand Prix, team boss Jost Capito revealed that American F2 driver and Williams junior, Logan Sargeant, will be promoted to Formula 1 – provided he can finish high enough in the championship F2 opponent this year to get the necessary super score.
Sargeant’s 13-point record against Yas Marina places him fourth in the championship table and that’s enough to confirm his place on the 2023 F1 grid.
Meanwhile, Alex Albon has extended his impressive first season with the team by signing a multi-year contract from 2023.