It is common practice in F1 for drivers to choose their own starting number. It is an important moment because the number cannot be changed again and are fixed for the rest of the F1 career. Only the reigning world champion can change his number. For example, Max Verstappen will continue to drive with number 1 on his Red Bull Racing car in 2023.
De Vries reveals permanent number
De Vries made his F1 race debut with Williams at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix. The Dutchman drove with start number 45 that weekend, but that is not the number he will also drive with AlphaTauri next season. Indeed, De Vries has opted for starting number 21, so the 27-year-old driver will drive the rest of his time in Formula 1 with this number.
Among the team and engine names, there are two changes. The Haas team enters the season with the official name Moneygram Haas F1 Team after the arrival of the new sponsor. At Red Bull and AlphaTauri, there is an interesting change with the engine name. As a new deal has been signed with Honda, the engine will continue under the name Honda RBPT (Red Bull Power Trains) in 2023.