2023 Grid Preview

2023 Grid Preview

It's been a wild ride - this might be the most extended silly season in history - catch up on all the changes to the 2023 grid with our grid preview. All but two positions are confirmed, but we will have to wait and see if (and that's a big if) news comes out over the holidays. 

Team: Red Bull

Team Principal: Christian Horner

Drivers: Max Verstappen (#1) and Sergio 'Checo' Perez (#11)

The team finished 2022 with a Constructors Championship and 1st and 3rd in the Driver's championship. Will the success continue next year? Max will be hunting down a third title, while Checo will be looking to challenge his teammate for 1st. 

Team: Ferrari

Drivers: Charles Leclerc (#16) and Carlos Sainz (#55)

Team Principal: Frederic Vasseur

Ferrari is running the same line-up for the third year in a row; they started 2022 out strong and proved that both drivers are race winners thanks to Carlos Sainz's first win in Silverstone. Leclerc believes he will be back in the fight for 2023, so we must ask - which Ferrari driver will take the lead? Rumors are that it will be Charles Leclerc due to his extensive history with Fred Vasseur, the newly appointed Team Principal. 

Team: Mercedes

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (#44) and George Russell (#63)

Team Principal: Toto Wolff

Mercedes ended 3rd in the Constructors' championship thanks to George's consistency and Lewis's willingness to experiment with the car. With George lined up to be the future of Mercedes', all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton's contract extension. The contract is essentially a done deal, but the number of years is yet unknown (Rumors are he has five more years in him??). Will Merc be back in the fight for the championship title?

Team: Alpine

Drivers: Pierre Gasly (#10) and Esteban Ocon (#31)

Team Principal: Otmar Szafnauer

Alpine is looking at a duo that has had some beef in the past as Gasly joins Ocon. Both are underrated drivers, and both have secured wins. We will have to see if Pierre and Esteban can put their past qualms aside and continue Alpine's journey moving up the grid. 

Team: McLaren

Drivers: Lando Norris (#4) and Oscar Piastri (#81)

Team Principal: Andrea Stella

2023 will be Lando's 5th season, and he will partner with rookie Oscar Piastri. Lando was the only Driver outside the top 3 teams to score a podium. Will he and rookie Piastri be able to battle for the best of the rest?

Team: Alfa Romeo

Drivers: Valtteri Bottas (#77) and Guanyu Zhou (#24)

Team Principal: Alessandro Alunni Bravi

It's year two for this driver duo, and following a strong start in 2022, we are excited to see the sophomore year of Guanyu. With Vasseur headed to Ferrari, we are waiting to hear who will fill the open leadership position. Will the teammates be able to compete week to week?

Team: Aston Martin

Drivers: Fernando Alonso (#14) and Lance Stroll (#18)

Team Principal: Mike Krack

We never saw this duo coming. But, thanks to Alonso moving from Alpine to Aston, Lance will drive against another world-champion teammate. Will either have the car beneath them to demonstrate what they can do?

Team: Haas

Drivers: Kevin Magnussen (#20) and Nico Hulkenberg (#27)

Team Principal: Guenther Steiner

An exciting duo with a history of choice words will make for a firecracker of a year at Haas. Will Nico finally take a victory? What about Mr. Pole Position himself, KMag?? Gunther will surely have his hands full next year. 

Team: AlphaTauri

Drivers: Yuki Tsunoda (#22) and Nyck de Vries (#21)

Team Principal: Franz Tost

Yuki as team leader?? Another thought we didn't have on our 2022 Silly Season Bingo Board. That's right, Yuki partners with rookie, Nyck. The duo should be interesting to watch as they battle against each other and the other teams for a higher spot than 9th in the Constructors.

Team: Williams

Drivers: Alex Albon (#23) and Logan Sargeant (#2)

Team Principal: James Vowles

Will the new American Driver be rookie of the year? Logan partners with returning Alex Albon to team Willaims. Our team leader is still in question after the departure of Jost Capito. How will the rookie compare to Albon? Will he keep Williams on the path forward?

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