23 November 2022 17:50 (UK time)
Formula 1 will see some seismic changes to its driver line-up for the 2023 season. With four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel retiring at a sad time for fans of the German superstar and long-time fan favorite Daniel Ricciardo also out of the race next year – it raises many questions about what the new driver will look like. row will appear.
One of the more welcome returns to the grid for 2023 is the return of Nico Hulkenberg, who has never finished on the podium in 181 races in his career. The German joins Haas after it was confirmed that Mick Schumacher will lose his two-season seat. Hülkenberg has raced for a number of teams since his rookie year with Williams in 2010 and, despite recently turning 35, will be looking to prove he hopes to make it with the Banbury-based team, although given they only field 37 teams, that’s a tough call. it seems Score in 2022. For perspective, that’s a total of 722 points scored by Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship. Although a tough test, Hülkenberg has the experience to push Haas further next year alongside the reliable Kevin Magnussen.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo was recently named Red Bull’s reserve driver for 2023, where he has partnered Vettel, Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen for five seasons. McLaren’s drop came as a bit of a shock, but its 2022 total of just 37 points, 85 points behind team-mate Lando Norris, is no real surprise. Ricciardo’s replacement is fellow Australian Oscar Piastri, who already has a number of honors to his name.
The 21-year-old Melbourne native, who previously worked as a reserve driver with Alpine, won the Formula 3 Championship in 2020, followed by the Formula 2 Championship in 2021. He was also named Autosport Player of the Year in both seasons. It will be interesting to see how Piastri fares in 2022 at McLaren, which is not as strong as it has been in recent seasons, but at a recent post-season test in Abu Dhabi, he looked comfortable with boss Zach Brown referring to him as “the boss”. “future star”.
Another new face on the grid in 2023 will be Nyck De Vries, who joins Alpha Tauri following Pierre Gasly’s move to the Alps. Gasly replaces Fernando Alonso, who in turn secured Vettel’s place at Aston Martin. De Vries previously won the 2019 Formula 2 Championship as well as the 2021 Formula E Championship. Since then, the Dutchman, who has been Mercedes’ reserve driver, warmed the seat of Alex Albo’s Williams during Albo’s drive at this season’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza. contracted appendicitis and finished an impressive ninth on his Formula 1 debut. The 27-year-old will definitely be one to watch out for when he teams up with Yuki Tsunoda next year.
The third rookie on the grid for 2023 will be Logan Sargent, replacing Nicolas Latif at Williams. The Florida native graduated from the Williams Academy and most recently drove in Formula 2 with Carlin, where he finished fourth in 2022 with just two wins. Sargeant is an interesting choice for Williams, especially as other young drivers are decorated with their own achievements, but he will look to prove any doubters wrong when he lines up alongside Alex Albo in 2023.
The rest of the teams will retain their 2022 squads, with Max Verstappen aiming for a hat-trick of world championships next year. Ferrari will be out to right the obvious mistakes they made during 2022, and Mercedes could be on course to regain their place at the top of the table after an impressive turnaround from a rather forgetful start to the campaign.