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F1 2023 | What seats are still available for next season?

F1 2023 | What seats are still available for next season?

2 September - 15:15 Last update: 2 September - 15:15
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In recent weeks it was confirmed that Oscar Piastri will officially drive for McLaren in 2023 and AlphaTauri confirmed Yuki Tsunoda will be at the team in 2023. On Tuesday morning, Alfa Romeo confirmed Guanyu Zhou will stay in the car for another season. Even though Pierre Gasly is tied down at AlphaTauri with a contract, he could move to Alpine who are looking for a new driver. The F1 grid for next year is taking shape. Find out which seats are still available for 2023 here.

Zhou stays in F1

Zhou is having a solid debut in Formula 1. The Chinese driver was brought to F1 as the third-placed finisher in Formula 2. The Chinese driver received a lot of criticism at first because many said he would be there mainly because of his big bag of money, but Zhou also showed in 2022 that he can indeed drive well.

In his first Grand Prix, he finished 10th, scoring China's first Formula 1 point. Zhou would score five more points later in the season and is rarely found at fault. Still, the Chinese will have to pace himself a lot faster in 2023, because in 2022 the difference with teammate Valtteri Bottas was a bit too big for a while.

Tsunoda longer in F1

It had been in the air for some time, but on Thursday morning Red Bull revealed that Tsunoda will get a third season at AlphaTauri in F1. The Japanese driver entered Red Bull through Honda's training programme and earned his move to F1 after finishing third in the 2020 F2 championship.

With Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri has on paper completed the line-up for 2023, but there is a good chance Gasly will still leave the team despite an ongoing contract through 2023. He is expected to fill the empty spot at Alpine. While Colton Herta was first mooted as his possible replacement at the Faenza-based team, Nyck de Vries is now the big favourite for the seat.

Alfa Romeo, Haas, Aston Martin and Williams also have only one confirmed driver each for 2023. Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso and Alexander Albon already have contracts for 2023. The question now is whether Gasly will stay with AlphaTauri, as Alpine may be interested in the Frenchman. Lance Stroll has not yet been confirmed by Aston Martin, but he will most likely keep his seat as the son of the owner.

Line-up for the 2023 F1 grid

Team Driver 1 Driver 2
Red Bull Racing Verstappen Perez
Ferrari Leclerc Sainz
Mercedes Hamilton Russell
Alpine Ocon TBC
McLaren Norris Piastri
Alfa Romeo Bottas Zhou
Haas Magnussen TBC
AlphaTauri Gasly Tsunoda
Aston Martin Alonso (Stroll)
Williams Albon TBC

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