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F1 2023: How the driver lineup looks

Following announcements about Oscar Piastri and Fernando Alonso's futures, here's everything we currently know about how the 2023 F1 grid will look

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And then there were two! After Pierre Gasly was confirmed as the man to partner Esteban Ocon at Alpine, and Nyck de Vries was confirmed as his replacement at AlphaTauri, there’s just two seats still available for the 2023 F1 season and still plenty of big-name drivers without a contract.

Guantu Zhou’s announcement as retaining his seat at Alfa Romeo, brought to an end a flurry of activity in September which saw Nicholas Latifi leave Williams and Yuki Tsunoda retained by AlphaTauri.

Alonso’s shock move to Aston Martin kicked off silly season with a bang in August, with just Haas and Williams are now the only teams looking for drivers, after some musical chairs for the 2023 seat at AlphaTauri.

The big questions

Daniel Ricciardo, Mick Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Drugovich, Theo Pourchaire, Antonio Giovinazzi and Logan Sargeant are all out of contract and looking for a seat, but it could be another driver who makes the next move.

Alpine were the only top five constructor looking for a driver, after their top two choices rejected them leaving things wide open, with Gasly now taken the role.

Fernando Alonso, reserve driver Oscar Piastri and Esteban Ocon during Alpine F1 A522 Launch REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The Frenchman had signed a contract in June to stay at AlphaTauri for 2023, but Red Bull had indicated they wouldn’t stop him if he wants to break that and move on from the team, which was ultimately the case.

Meanwhile, Alpine’s incumbent Esteban Ocon had firmly thrown his weight behind Schumacher – against the context of a feud with Gasly that’s been going on since their karting days.

Both of them now say they’ve moved on, but Schumacher‘s still not entirely convinced in his second season of F1 with Haas, putting his future in doubt.

Finally, Daniel Ricciardo has been the subject of rumours linking him to Haas, with team principal Gunther Steiner giving Schumacher a ’50-50′ chance of staying with the American outfit.

Steiner also talked up Hulkenberg and Ricciardo as options but said the latter has to make up his own mind first, before negotiations can begin.

Weirdly, Giovinazzi‘s name has also been linked despite his truly awful 2022 Formula E season. That would be a shock.

Latifi‘s exit from Williams surprised nobody, they’d been linked with Piastri since the start of summer.

Given he’s not around anymore, Williams are now looking at promoting Logan Sargeant from F2, the American would be their first driver academy graduate.

He sits third in the championship ahead of the final round in Abu Dhabi, but is only 16 points ahead of tenth-placed Juri Vips.

He needs to bag a top-five finish to confirm an FIA super license, so it may be a while before Williams make their announcement.

After the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, De Vries has become the leading contender for a drive in F1, and after winning both the F2 and Formula E world championships, the 27-year-old has finally hit the big time at AlphaTauri.

The two drivers ahead of Sargeant in F2 are also without a seat, but the chance might’ve passed for Drugovich and Pourchaire at least for now.

F1 2023 Driver lineup

F1 2023 Driver Lineup as it stands

TeamDriverDriver
Red BullMax VerstappenSergio Perez
FerrariCharles LeclercCarlos Sainz
MercedesLewis HamiltonGeorge Russell
AlpineEsteban OconPierre Gasly
McLarenLando NorrisOscar Piastri
Alfa RomeoValtteri BottasZhou Guanyu
HaasKevin MagnussenUnknown
AlphaTauriNyck de VriesYuki Tsunoda
Aston MartinLance StrollFernando Alonso
WilliamsAlex AlbonUnknown

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