Who's Behind The Wheel: 2023 F1 Driver Lineup

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Before we dive in to the 2023 F1 driver lineup, let's first discuss the sport!

Start your engines because the 2023 Formula 1 circuit is set to be in full swing by early March, with the premier racing league heading to Bahrain for the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Last season Max Verstappen truly showed his dominance at racing, winning the World Drivers Championship by over 100 points. There are a handful of drivers this year that could give Verstappen a run for his money.

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There are two obvious names that come to mind when talking about what drivers could dethrone Max Verstappen this season. Charles Leclerc, a 25-year-old from Monaco, placed second last season and has a real chance to improve that position. The other obvious choice is Lewis Hamilton, considered one of the GOATs of racing with 103 wins and 7 championships. Here is the 2023 F1 driver lineup.

1. Red Bull 2023 Drivers: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez

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  • Max Verstappen 
  • Sergio Perez

The path to being named the best F1 racer in the world currently sits squarely in front of Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver has won the F1 Drivers Championship the last two consecutive years and has won 35 races overall. If Verstappen can keep this run going, he may rival the likes of Lewis Hamilton for the title of F1's GOAT.

He races for team Red Bull alongside Sergio Perez. Perez finished third last season in the F1 Drivers Championship standings, closing out with 305 points. He also won his first F1 Grand Prix at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix after 190 starts.

2. Ferrari 2023 Drivers: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.

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  • Charles Leclerc 
  • Carlos Sainz Jr.

Charles Leclerc had a wonderful year last season racing with Ferrari, finishing second overall in the Drivers Championship standings posting 308 points. The Monégasque driver won a GP3 Series Championship in 2016 and a Formula 2 Championship in 2017. There is a bright future for Charles Leclerc in the sport of racing.

Racing alongside Leclerc is Carlos Sainz Jr., who enjoyed a successful 2022 F1 campaign, finishing 5th in the Drivers Championship standings with a total of 246 points. His father Carlos Sainz Sr. is a double World Rally Champion... clearly racing runs in the family.

3. Mercedes 2023 Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell

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  • Lewis Hamilton 
  • George Russell

There are few that compare to the resumé that Lewis Hamilton boasts in the racing ranks. He is currently tied for the all-time F1 World Drivers Championships won as well as holding records in pole positions, podium finishes, and wins overalls. Hamilton hasn't won the Drivers Championship since 2020, but that doesn't mean the GOAT doesn't have one more run left in him.

Racing alongside Lewis Hamilton is British driver George Russell, who finished 4th last season in the Drivers Championship standings, boasting 275 total points. Russell is only 24 years old, making him one of the youngest racers in Formula 1.

4. Alpine 2023 Drivers: Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon

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  • Pierre Gasly
  • Esteban Ocon

French driver Esteban Ocon finished 8th overall in the 2022 F1 Drivers Championship standings, accumulating 92 points across the season. His first career win came in 2021 at the Hungarian Gand Prix.

Driving next to him is fellow Frenchmen Pierre Gasly, who finished last season in 14th, posting a total of 23 points. Gasly's first F1 victory came in 2020 at the Italian Grand Prix. This is the first season that he will be racing under team Alpine.

5. McLaren 2023 Drivers: Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri

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  • Lando Norris 
  • Oscar Piastri

The 2023 McLaren race team is one of the youngest in Formula 1. Lando Norris finished last season in 7th place after putting up 122 points. He is only 23 years old and has one pole finish in his career.

Oscar Piastri is only 21 years old and is slated to make his Formula 1 debut this season for McLaren. Piastri won the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup, 2020 Formula 3 Championship, and the 2021 Formula 2 Championship. The future is very bright for the young Oscar Piastri.

6. Alfa Romeo 2023 Drivers: Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas

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  • Zhou Guanyu 
  • Valtteri Bottas

Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas enjoyed a 10th place finish last season, ending the year with 49 points. Bottas has won 10 racers over his career and finished on the podium over 60 times. At 33-years-old he ranks as one of the senior racers on the tour.

Zhou Guanyu is a 23-year-old Chinese driver who just finished his first season in Formula 1. Guanyu finished in 18th place, putting up just 6 total points. Guanyu is still very young and we could see a big jump in his development this season.

7. Aston Martin 2023 Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll

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  • Fernando Alonso
  • Lance Stroll

Fernando Alonso may be the oldest driver in Formula 1 at 41 years of age, but he didn't let that slow him down last season, finishing 9th overall. Alonso won consecutive F1 World Driver Championships from 2005-2006, and has over 30 wins to his name.

Racing next to Alonso is Canadian driver Lance Stroll, who finished last season in 15th place, putting up 18 total points across the season. Stroll is only 23 years old, making him almost half the age of his teammate Fernando Alonso.

8. Haas 2023 Drivers: Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg

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  • Kevin Magnussen 
  • Nico Hulkenberg

Kevin Magnussen enjoyed a 13th place finish in the standings last season, posting 25 total points. Magnussen has never won an F1 race, but has one podium finish. He just turned 30-years-old, so his window for greatness in Formula 1 may be closing soon.

Nico Hulkenberg made his return to Formula 1 as a reserve driver in 2021, and was called into action in 2022 for two races. The 35-year-old plans to race full-time as Haas second in command. Hulkenberg currently holds the record for most driver points accumulated across a career without ever finishing a race in first place.

9. AlphaTauri 2023 Drivers: Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck De Vries

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  • Yuki Tsunoda
  • Nyck De Vries

Yuki Tsunoda enjoyed a 17th place finish last season after boasting 12 total points. Tsunoda is a 21-year-old Japanese driver who is entering his third year as a Formula 1 driver. He has yet to claim a podium finish.

Nyck De Vries was a reserve last season and only active for one race. He took 2 points at that race, good enough to place him 21st for the overall season. De Vries is a Formula E, Formula 2, and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Champion.

10. Williams 2023 Drivers: Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant

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  • Alex Albon
  • Logan Sargeant

Rounding out our 2023 F1 driver lineup, Alex Albon finished last season in 19th place, putting up 4 total points. Albon has no wins yet in Formula 1, but has two podium finishes to his name. This will be his 5th year racing in F1.

American driver Logan Sargeant will be making his Formula 1 debut this season for team Williams. Sargeant is only 21-years-old, making him the second youngest driver on tour. He finished 4th last season in the Formula 2 circuit.

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