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2023 F1 Season Driver Market Storylines

By Jeff Stinger

Four seats remain unsettled for the next Formula 1 season. Several drivers are fighting their way to the grid and pulling up interesting storylines with the current calendar approaching the final third.

In the last few months, more drivers have extended their contracts. Alfa Romeo’s rookie Zhou Guanyu recently signed an extension with the team in 2023. Yuki Tsunoda will stay with AlphaTauri until next season. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso tries to find greener pastures with Aston Martin to replace the retiring four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

As next year’s driver lineup takes shape, we give light to the drivers hoping to race next year in Nitrobetting’s 2023 Formula 1 Season Driver Market Storylines.

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2023 Formula 1 season driver market

Pierre Gasly

The French driver is fun to watch on the track and will be a name we are likely to see on the grid next year. However, questions on whether he stays with AlphaTauri or moves on remains unanswered. Alpine is currently courting Gasly to complete an all-French lineup for 2023. Bringing him on board with Esteban Ocon is a likely scenario for fans and bettors to see.

Adding complication to the potential deal is Red Bull filling the AlphaTauri seat before giving Gasly the green light. With Colton Herta’s rejected Super License application, the current 2022 F1 Championship leaders might have to go in a different direction.

Gasly will get on with his season before a final decision is made. He comes in the Singapore GP as a +75,000 sleeper to win the race.

Mick Schumacher

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is yet to make comments regarding Mick Schumacher’s contract status. However, recent interviews suggest that the German’s days are numbered.

It took a while before Mick scored his first career points. He failed to score any during his rookie season and only managed to score in the early stages of 2022. The 2020 Formula 2 World Champion was regularly outperformed by veteran teammate Kevin Magnussen. Furthermore, the latter already announced his contract extension with the manufacturer before the summer break.

Perhaps the biggest deal breaker for the son of the seven-time World Champion is his frequent involvement in crashes. This alone cost Haas a small fortune for parts and repairs. For a team operating within a limited budget, this surely plays a part in their final decision.

Daniel Ricciardo

It looks like the Aussie’s 11-year career in the sport may come to an end soon. The Oscar Piastri situation ended with the younger Australian taking the McLaren seat. This story leaves Ricciardo with extra money to play with following the termination of his remaining year with the team, albeit without a seat for 2023.

Daniel Ricciardo is a talented driver. However, we’ve seen his results decline as soon as he drove the papaya-colored car. Putting his Monza win aside, it’s evident that his sub-par results weren’t cutting it. Put that on top of Lando Norris outperforming him, this doesn’t exactly put him in good light with Zak Brown.

A return to Alpine or a move to Haas are anticipated for him, but it seems likely that Ricciardo will take a year off before attempting to return in 2024. He suits up for his final race with McLaren this year as a +50,000 sleeper to win the Singapore GP.

Nyck de Vries

The 2021-22 Formula E World Champion got a taste of Formula 1 after subbing in for Williams’ Alex Albon. He made an impressive debut at the Italian Grand Prix where he went from being a paddock spectator to racing in one of the most advanced machinery in the world, going wheel to wheel with the best drivers.

De Vries made the most out of this opportunity. He finished P9 by the end of the race and scored points on his first attempt. This performance alone pushed up his stock value and introduced him as a potential option for several constructors. The Dutch driver admitted he flew to Austria to meet with Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko, so a move there looks viable for him.

Jack Doohan

Oscar Piastri locking in his seat with another team only increases the chances of Jack Doohan getting a Formula 1 drive as a teenager. The Australian has been sharpening his skills with Alpine. This might trigger the French constructor to continue down the path of introducing younger drivers.

The 19-year-old is calm about the speculation and insisted it only inspires him to do well in the 2022 Formula 2 campaign. On top of that, Alpine will try to recover from the recent controversies they suffered during the Piastri affair. Having Doohan in the picture could be a good move for Otmar Szafnauer and the rest of the team.

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