F1 driver market: The contenders for 2023 seats with Daniel Ricciardo, Mick Schumacher futures unclear

(from left to right) Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, Mick Schumacher and Nyck de Vries

(from left to proper) Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, Mick Schumacher and Nyck de Vries

Zhou Guanyu’s contract renewal at Alfa Romeo has closed one other door in Formulation 1’s 2023 driver market – and made the remaining seats all of the extra interesting for the established, and rising, stars within the working.

As a aggressive market continues to take form deep into the 2022 season, we have rounded up the runners and riders for every of the seats as we edge nearer to a full confirmed grid…

F1 contracts: Who’s driving the place in 2023?

Crimson Bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez
Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton George Russell
Alpine Esteban Ocon TBC
McLaren Lando Norris Oscar Piastri
Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas Zhou Guanyu
Haas Kevin Magnussen TBC
Aston Martin Fernando Alonso Lance Stroll
AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly (future unsure) Yuki Tsunoda
Williams Alex Albon TBC

Alpine

The favorite: Pierre Gasly
Outsiders: Jack Doohan, Antonio Giovinazzi, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo, Nyck de Vries

After being shocked by Fernando Alonso and snubbed by Oscar Piastri, Alpine mentioned they’d a shortlist of “14 drivers” for what’s the greatest accessible seat in 2023. However in reality, their eyes have at all times been fastened on Pierre Gasly.

Gasly is smart for lots of causes. He is French, nonetheless younger (26) however with 5 seasons, and a race win, underneath his belt, and would probably hit the bottom working to type a really helpful line-up with Esteban Ocon.

The one downside is, he is contracted to Crimson Bull and is a key a part of their sister group AlphaTauri.

Watch back the dramatic race start which saw Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel all collide on the first lap of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix

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Watch again the dramatic race begin which noticed Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel all collide on the primary lap of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix

Watch again the dramatic race begin which noticed Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel all collide on the primary lap of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix

Crimson Bull are open to parting methods with Gasly – for a payment – however would need an sufficient alternative first (which we’ll come on to within the subsequent part).

Alpine, due to this fact, must have some alternate options.

Maybe nervous of one other driver market sucker punch by lacking out on Gasly, they examined three drivers in a 2021 Alpine automotive final week on the Hungaroring, Nyck de Vries, Jack Doohan and Antonio Giovinazzi.

Jack Doohan is a contender for the vacant Alpine seat

Jack Doohan is a contender for the vacant Alpine seat

De Vries is among the sizzling commodities of his 12 months’s driver market whereas Giovinazzi would extra probably keep throughout the Ferrari household to get again into F1, however it might not be a shock if Doohan may be very excessive up on Alpine’s checklist.

Alpine have been eager to advertise from their driver academy for a while (with Piastri at all times the favorite), however Australian driver Doohan is presently fourth in his first full season in Formulation 2 and is very rated internally.

Daniel Ricciardo and Mick Schumacher are true outsiders for this seat.

Ricciardo hasn’t been actually talked about by Alpine since early August, with Renault bosses regarded as uneasy about bringing again the 33-year-old, whereas Schumacher most likely hasn’t completed sufficient at Haas to earn a promotion up the grid.

AlphaTauri (if Gasly leaves)

The favorite: Nyck de Vries

AlphaTauri would ideally need Gasly, who solely signed a brand new contract for 2023 in June, to remain. However with Gasly unlikely to get a step up again to Crimson Bull anytime quickly – he did not impress the group in his temporary spell in 2019 and Sergio Perez is locked in for a number of years – the senior group might attempt to get compensation for the Frenchman whereas they’ll.

This has at all times been depending on discovering a alternative, and with no junior drivers making their case to be F1’s subsequent star to come back by way of the Crimson Bull programme, they’ve been trying additional afield.

Nyck de Vries (right) celebrates with Williams boss Jost Capito after the Italian GP

Nyck de Vries (proper) celebrates with Williams boss Jost Capito after the Italian GP

IndyCar star Colton Herta was their primary goal, though – regardless of successful seven races within the high US single-seater championship – he would not have sufficient superlicense factors.

That collapse appeared to level in direction of Gasly staying put, however a brand new frontrunner has emerged… that man De Vries.

De Vries, whereas by no means having raced in F1, would match Crimson Bull and AlphaTauri’s want for a confirmed driver to come back in for Gasly, and the Dutchman has admitted he has held talks with the group’s switch advisor Helmut Marko.

He appears to be their solely fallback proper now; if he would not signal, it is probably Gasly stays.

Haas

The favorite: Antonio Giovinazzi
Outsiders: Nico Hulkenberg, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo

Haas are the wildcard on this driver market and it has been laborious to foretell what course they’re heading in.

What does appear sure is that the US group are significantly contemplating shifting on from Schumacher for 2023, with the German driver having been out-performed by Kevin Magnussen this season. Schumacher can be set to depart the Ferrari driver programme, and his hyperlinks to the Scuderia had been one of many causes he joined Haas within the first place.

Antonio Giovinazzi has driven for Haas in practice this season

Antonio Giovinazzi has pushed for Haas in follow this season

Giovinazzi, the Ferrari reserve and man who was in reality unfortunate to lose his Alfa Romeo seat this 12 months, has been closely linked with the group, as has one other former F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg.

These stories recommend Haas need an skilled line-up subsequent 12 months, and are not all in favour of a rookie.

By which case, Ricciardo additionally cannot be dominated out, and group boss Guenther Steiner has hinted at curiosity and talks.

Ricciardo can be the headline signing Haas have been ready for since their F1 debut six years in the past, and can be an enormous hit Stateside. Nonetheless, it stays to be seen whether or not they would have the price range or pedigree to draw Ricciardo, who has made it clear he’s more than pleased to take a 12 months on the sidelines in 2023 if the appropriate alternative would not current itself.

Williams

The favorite: Nyck de Vries
Outsiders: Logan Sargeant, Mick Schumacher, Antonio Giovinazzi

Nicholas Latifi’s impending exit leaves a gap at Williams, whose actions might rely on how the dominoes fall within the driver market.

Given his pedigree, and extra importantly, how nicely he carried out in Alex Albon’s absence in Italy, De Vries would certainly be Williams’ most popular selection. They could be overwhelmed out on this race by groups additional up the grid, though maybe they’ll lean on their relationship with Mercedes to safe the companies of their reserve.

Apart from De Vries, Logan Sargeant is the title that has cropped up most in hyperlinks with Williams.

Williams may give junior driver Logan Sargeant a chance

Williams might give junior driver Logan Sargeant an opportunity

American driver Sargeant is a Williams junior and is third within the F2 standings. He’s nicely considered at Williams, who’ve American homeowners, and can make his follow debut for the group at america GP subsequent month.

Schumacher might be a driver of curiosity ought to he go away Haas – he has completed sufficient in his two years in F1 to show he belongs – whereas Giovinazzi suits that invoice of a stable driver alongside Albon, too.

The truth is the 2023 grid remains to be extremely troublesome to foretell, even at this late stage of the season. There are, nonetheless, anticipated to be vital developments within the coming weeks.

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