Which drivers are on standby for the ten F1 groups in 2023? : PlanetF1

Whereas loads of eyes are on the 2 most important drivers, there are lots of others that make up a Formulation 1 crew with some well-known faces amongst them.

As we noticed in 2022 with Sebastian Vettel’s COVID bout firstly of the season, in addition to Alex Albon’s struggles with appendicitis that led to Nyck de Vries’ beautiful debut within the sport, generally two drivers is simply not sufficient, which is the place reserve and check drivers are available in.

Whereas the phrases sound fairly related, they’re really fairly totally different within the function the motive force is predicted to take. Reserve drivers shall be on the observe each race in case of the primary drivers changing into unavailable whereas check drivers spend most of their time within the simulator serving to to develop and enhance the automobile.

Groups are additionally very fluid with not solely how they label their drivers, but additionally which crew they race for. Typically buyer groups, resembling Haas and Aston Martin, will borrow the companies of their engine provider’s driver therefore why we noticed Mercedes’ De Vries drive within the Mercedes powered Williams in 2022.

With some acquainted faces and different much less recognized ones in thoughts, listed here are all of the reserve and check drivers confirmed to be collaborating within the 2023 season:

Crimson Bull

Whereas the well-known face of Daniel Ricciardo has rejoined his former crew, simply how a lot followers will get to see of that face within the paddock stays to be seen.

The Australian has been employed because the crew’s third driver however crew boss Christian Horner revealed he’ll solely fulfill the reserve function at choose races in 2023. He may also do promotional occasions and spend time within the simulator serving to Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Within the absence of the Honey Badger, Crimson Bull have delved into their academy with Liam Lawson, Dennis Hauger and Zane Maloney all listed as reserve drivers. Rudy van Buren is down because the official simulator check and growth driver.

Reserve drivers: Liam Lawson, Dennis Hauger and Zane Maloney
Third driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Simulator check and growth driver: Rudy van Buren


Antonio Giovinazzi has been saved on in his reserve function regardless of being linked with a transfer to buyer crew Haas. The Italian has been within the job since he was dropped from Alfa Romeo in 2021 and mixed it along with his Formulation E duties final season.

As a part of his settlement with Ferrari, Giovinazzi was additionally readily available to offer the identical function for buyer groups Haas and Alfa Romeo in 2022.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Robert Shwartzman will fulfill the function of check driver having accomplished some F1 periods for each Ferrari and Haas final season.

Reserve driver: Antonio Giovinazzi
Check driver: Robert Shwartzman


With Nyck de Vries off to a full-time race seat at AlphaTauri, Mercedes opted to usher in Mick Schumacher as their reserve driver, marking a return of the Schumacher identify to the Silver Arrows for the primary time since 2012.

In addition to De Vries, Mercedes additionally used Stoffel Vandoorne in an identical function however he has since moved to Aston Martin.

Reserve driver: Mick Schumacher


Alpine have but to call their reserve driver following Oscar Piastri’s transfer to McLaren. Fellow Australian Jack Doohan presently appears to be like just like the main candidate.


The hyperlink between McLaren’s F1 and IndyCar exploits appears to be like as sturdy because it has ever been with Alex Palou set to carry out reserve driver duties for the crew.

McLaren may also use the companies of Will Stevens and Oliver Turvey as check and growth drivers with the 2 spending most of their time within the simulator.

Reserve driver: Alex Palou
Check and growth driver: Oliver Turvey and Will Stevens

Alfa Romeo

Alfa had beforehand used Ferrari’s reserve driver however introduced in October 2022 that Sauber Academy member Theo Pourchaire would fill the function for the 2023 season.

The Frenchman has been with Sauber since 2019 and made his F1 session debut on the 2022 United States Grand Prix within the place of Valtteri Bottas.

Reserve driver: Theo Pourchaire

Aston Martin

Aston Martin introduced Felipe Drugovich as their reserve driver alongside their new driver growth programme with the Formulation 2 champion changing into the primary member. He shall be with the crew at plenty of grands prix in 2023 with a purpose to give him expertise and maybe to organize the crew for all times post-Fernando Alonso.

In addition to Drugovich, Aston Martin have introduced in Stoffel Vandoorne from Mercedes with the Formulation E champion set to be a check and reserve driver for 2023.

Check and reserve driver: Stoffel Vandoorne
Reserve driver: Felipe Drugovich


Haas have but to announce who shall be operating because the reserve for 2023 with Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi performing the function within the final three seasons.


AlphaTauri shall be sharing the assets of their sister crew Crimson Bull so count on to see Liam Lawson, Dennis Hauger and Zane Maloney within the Italian crew’s storage at varied phases over the season.

Reserve drivers: Liam Lawson, Dennis Hauger and Zane Maloney


It’s all change at Williams with crew boss Jost Capito heading out the door whereas Logan Sargeant went from check driver to full-time driver, however one factor that has not but been introduced is who shall be check or reserve driver in 2023.

In earlier years, Williams have used the pool of Mercedes drivers resembling Nyck de Vries in Monza.

Learn extra: F1 2023 calendar – Automobile launch dates, pre-season testing, TV schedule

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