The ridiculous 2022 F1 season started with the announcement that Fernando Alonso would leave the Alps at the end of the season and replace retired Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin and it has gotten even weirder ever since.
The move led to the creation of a mansion between Alpine and McLaren to acquire the rights to Oscar Piastri, who could leave Daniel Ricciardo without a car.
There are now either 14 or 15 drivers on contract for the 2023 season, depending on what you want to believe about Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren.
Below we take a look at each team’s driver position for next season, in the constructors’ championship standings.
1. Red Bull
2022 squad (current tournament standings): Max Verstappen (1), Sergio Perez (3)
2023 Driver under contract: Verstappen, Perez
What we know: Both drivers are on contract for the 2023 season. F1 champion Verstappen signed an extension in March that will keep him with Red Bull at least through the 2028 season. In May, the team announced a new extension for Perez to keep him with the team until 2024.
2022 squad (current tournament standings): Charles Leclerc (2), Carlos Sainz (5)
2023 Driver under contract: Leclerc, Sainz
What we know: Both drivers are under contract for the 2023 season. Sainz signed an extension in April to keep him with Ferrari until the 2024 season. Leclerc is also under contract until the 2024 season. However, one report says Leclerc could withdraw from the deal at the end of this season if Ferrari finishes fourth or lower in the season. arrangement. That seems unlikely.
2022 squad (current tournament standings): George Russell (4), Lewis Hamilton (6)
2023 Driver under contract: Russell, Hamilton
What we know: According to F1, Hamilton is under contract until the 2023 season, having signed a two-year extension through the 2021 season. Russell, in his first season with Mercedes, is signed until 2024.
2022 squad (current tournament standings)Esteban Ocon (8), Fernando Alonso (10)
2023 Driver under contract: I be
What we know: According to F1, Ocon is under contract with Alpine until the 2024 season. Alonso has announced that he will drive an Aston Martin in 2023 to replace retired Sebastian Vettel.
The name most commonly associated with Alonso’s soon-to-be vacant seat was Oscar Piastre, who is currently the reserve driver in the Alps. Following Alonso’s move, the team announced that Piastre would be their second driver. but, Biastri refuted this adsaying that he has not signed a contract and will not drive to Alpine in 2023. According to ESPN, he has signed a contract to join McLaren for 2023.
Can Daniel Ricciardo return to the Alps if Piastre goes to McLaren? When asked about the team’s meeting with Ricciardo, Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer said of their past: “I don’t think that’s a problem at all.”
2022 squad (current tournament standings)Lando Norris (7), Daniel Ricciardo (12)
2023 Driver under contract: Norris, Ricciardo (maybe), Oscar Piastre (maybe)
What we knowNorris signed an extension earlier this year that will keep him with McLaren until at least 2025. Ricciardo has a contract for the 2023 season and has repeatedly said he plans to honor the deal. However, rumors persist that the two sides are not on the same page and that Ricciardo may be duped into pushing a better buy deal.
McLaren is stuck in the middle of chaos in the Alps and may have caused it. According to ESPN, Piastri has signed a contract with McLaren for 2023 which is why he says he will not race on Alpine. It also means McLaren has three drivers on contract for next season. Motorsport.com reports that McLaren has signed Pastri as a reserve driver and told Ricciardo they intend to replace him with Pastry once his contract is settled.
If a divorce settlement between McLaren and Ricciardo cannot be reached, another option could be to keep him as a reserve driver in 2023.
Several other young drivers have been linked with the Ricciardo seat for either 2023 or 2024, including IndyCar drivers Pato Award (already driving McLaren), Colton Herta (recently driving a test for McLaren), and Alex Ballou (signed to join McLaren in 2023).
6. Alfa Romeo
2022 squad (current tournament standings): Valtteri Bottas (9), Chu Gagno (17)
2023 Driver under contract: Bottas
What we knowBottas, in his first year with Alfa Romeo, is under a 2023 contract, and both sides seem happy with the move. Zhou, in his first season in F1, did not sign in 2023. However, he has driven better than his place in the standings might suggest, thanks to some bad luck, and is expected to remain with the team next season.
2022 squad (current tournament standings): Kevin Magnussen (11), Mick Schumacher (15)
2023 Driver under contract: Magnussen
What we knowMagnussen is under contract for the 2023 season, having signed with the team on the eve of the schedule to replace Nikita Mazepin. Schumacher is not signed for next season. After struggling to start the season, Schumacher has shown better form lately.
Team boss Guenther Steiner said the team will decide on Schumacher’s future during the summer break over the next few weeks. However, German newspaper RTL reported that Steiner called off negotiations with Schumacher. With Aston Martin choosing Fernando Alonso over Schumacher – choosing Sebastian Vettel as a replacement – Schumacher is in danger of exiting F1 in 2023.
2022 squad (current tournament standings): Pierre Gasly (13), Yuki Tsunoda (16)
2023 Driver under contract: flirtatious
What we know: After a solid season in 2021, Gasly was rumored to be on his way after this season because Red Bull was not expected to open in the near future. However, after a slow start to the 2022 season, Gasly re-signed with AlphaTauri to stay with the team until next season.
Tsunoda’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he’s still up in the air if he returns with Red Bull’s sister team next year. Team advisor Helmut Marko recently called Tsunoda a “problem kid” because of his radio revolutions within the race. Team boss Franz Tost said that if he can eliminate some crashes he has a “good chance” of staying with the team.
9. Aston Martin
2022 squad (current tournament standings): Sebastian Vettel (14), Lance Stroll (18)
2023 Driver under contractPicnic, Fernando Alonso
What we knowAlfa Romeo announced over the summer break that two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso will replace retired Sebastian Vettel next season under a multi-year contract. Lance Stroll is under contract until 2023, and as long as his dad keeps writing checks, he’ll be with the team for much longer than that.
2022 squad (current tournament standings): Alex Albon (19), Nicholas Latifi (20)
2023 Driver under contract: the bonne
What we knowWilliams announced that Albon has signed a multi-year extension to stay with the team, as expected. Latifi is not under contract and is expected to leave at the end of the year.
Several young drivers have been linked with Williams for next year, including American Logan Sargent, who is third in the Formula 2 standings and a member of the Williams Driver Academy. Other players include F2 championship leader Felipe Drogovic and Mercedes reserve driver Nick de Vries.
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