We lay out the landscape for the 2023 Formula 1 driver market in the latest edition of The Race F1 Podcast.
With as many as 11 seats potentially available, Scott Mitchell and Mark Hughes join Edd Straw to run through the potential vacancies and what factors will decide whether there will be changes for next year.
We run through each of the 10 teams to assess the likelihood of there being changes, and discuss which drivers are set to stay in place, who might move on and also the situations where the team in question’s performance could be decisive.
At the front of the field, Sergio Perez’s chances of retaining his place at Red Bull is delved into. With five Red Bull-contracted drivers on the grid – including Williams driver Alex Albon – the energy drinks giant will be at the epicentre of the driver market.
There’s also a look at the other big teams, including Ferrari where Carlos Sainz is chasing a new deal, as well as the big-name drivers in the midfield – Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel – whose futures are uncertain.
And with last year’s three worst teams – Williams, Alfa Romeo and Haas – only having one driver locked in for 2023 thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s long term deal, we also discuss how things could play out in the lower reaches of the grid.