Who’s in competition for ultimate F1 2023 seats?

Zhou signing a brand new one-year deal to lock-out Alfa Romeo’s driver line-up was anticipated, however it has closed one other door within the 2023 F1 driver market. 

F1’s dramatic summer season of change leaves simply three vacancies remaining at Alpine, Haas and Williams respectively, although an additional seat might but change into out there at AlphaTauri.

A number of drivers face unsure futures as brokers, whereas others are on the lookout for a route again into the world championship. 

With competitors for the restricted locations hotting up, we’ve summarised who’s within the operating for the ultimate spare seats for F1 2023. 

Alpine 

Alpine boast probably the most aggressive seat left in F1 for 2023 following Fernando Alonso’s shock resolution to hitch Aston Martin, and Oscar Piastri’s snub in favour of McLaren. 

Pierre Gasly is Alpine’s stand-out first-choice however his signing depends on Purple Bull discovering an appropriate alternative at AlphaTauri. Purple Bull are prepared to launch Gasly from his contract early, however provided that there may be an enough candidate to fill his seat, in any other case the Frenchman will keep put alongside Yuki Tsunoda, who has been retained for 2023. 

Different choices for Alpine embrace Nyck de Vries, their F2 junior Jack Doohan or Antonio Giovinazzi, all of whom took half in a personal three-day take a look at for the Anglo-French outfit final week on the Hungaroring. 

Free brokers Daniel Ricciardo and Mick Schumacher might additionally discover themselves in competition, however each are thought-about to be outdoors bets. 

AlphaTauri (if Gasly leaves) 

If Gasly’s transfer to Alpine is given the inexperienced gentle by Purple Bull, which means the power drinks agency may have discovered a alternative to drive for his or her sister staff AlphaTauri. 

Purple Bull initially wished to signal IndyCar race-winner Colton Herta however ended their pursuit after the American was denied a superlicence by F1’s governing physique the FIA. 

Purple Bull have since turned their consideration to Williams’ tremendous Monza stand-in de Vries. The Components E and F2 champion has held talks with Purple Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, who has been evaluating candidates outdoors Purple Bull’s personal driver pool. 

With de Vries’ choices widening, it’s trying more and more seemingly that the 27-year-old will earn a full-time drive on the 2023 grid. 

Haas 

Haas have but to determine who will associate Kevin Magnussen subsequent yr, with Schumacher’s future past the tip of 2023 doubtful after a tough sophomore F1 season. 

Former Renault racer and present Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg has emerged because the favorite to interchange Schumacher at Haas, whereas Giovinazzi can be thought-about a candidate ought to the staff not elect to retain Schumacher for a 3rd season. 

Ferrari reserve Giovinazzi has outlined his want to return to F1 and is hoping his Friday apply outings with Haas can present him with a route again onto the grid in 2023, after dropping his Alfa Romeo seat on the finish of final season. 

Steiner has confirmed his curiosity in outgoing McLaren driver Ricciardo however the Australian is regarded as leaning in the direction of taking a sabbatical subsequent yr within the hope of being first in line if a prime seat had been to change into out there in 2024. 

Williams 

Williams have a seat left to fill alongside Alex Albon after confirming Nicholas Latifi’s exit on the finish of the marketing campaign. 

Following his starring show to attain factors on his shock F1 debut as a last-minute stand-in for the unwell Albon at Monza, de Vries is on the prime of Williams’ wish-list to interchange Latifi. 

Williams are stated to have already put a proposal on the desk for de Vries however face competitors for the Dutchman, who can be on Alpine and AlphaTauri’s radar for 2023. 

Ought to de Vries go elsewhere, Williams might promote their F2 race-winner Logan Sargeant, or take fellow F2 frontrunner Doohan on mortgage from Alpine. 

Schumacher may be in the marketplace together with Ricciardo and subsequently can’t be dominated out, although a transfer for both seems unlikely at this stage. 

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