2023 F1 drivers and teams

The top F1 teams have chosen to stick rather than spin on drivers for the new season. But three rookies join the grid – and Fernando Alonso has gambled on green. We assess the key challenges for the class of ’23

Red Bull RB19

Dominated with Max Verstappen to score a world title double

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Max Verstappen
Car No 1
Age 25
Wins 35
Poles 20
2022 position 1st
Aim in 2023 Simple: secure a hat-trick of F1 crowns
Sergio Pérez
Car No 11
Age 33 
Wins 4
Poles 1
2022 position 3rd 
Aim in 2023 Win races when he can, do enough to keep his drive for ’24

Mercedes-AMG W14

Fallen champions will expect to hit back and attempt to depose Red Bull

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Lewis Hamilton
Car No 44
Age 38
Wins 103
Poles 103
2022 position 6th
Aim in 2023 End the victory drought, then challenge for that eighth title
George Russell
Car No 63
Age 25
Wins 1
Poles 1
2022 position 4th
Aim in 2023: Add more wins and make a first bid for an F1 world title

Ferrari SF-23

Stay reliable, improve strategy calls and challenge for the titles

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Charles Leclerc
Car No 16
Age 25
Wins 5
Poles 18
2022 position 2nd
Aim in 2023 Put last year firmly behind him and win his first F1 title
Carlos Sainz Jr 
Car No 55
Age 28
Wins 1
Poles 3
2022 position 5th
Aim in 2023 Beat his team-mate and step up as a true elite performer

McLaren MCL60

Must show clear signs this can be a top team again after falling flat in 2022

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Lando Norris
Car No 4
Age 23
Podiums 6
Poles 1
2022 position 7th
Aim in 2023 Keep that reputation flying high, see off his new team-mate
Oscar Piastri
Car No 81
Age 21
Best race finish N/A
Best grid position N/A
2022 position N/A
Aim in 2023 Make the F1 wait worth it, live up to the hype

Alpine A523

Rise from fourth-best team to mix it with the top three, win races

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Pierre Gasly
Car No 10
Age 27
Wins 1
Best grid position 2
2022 position 14th
Aim in 2023 Establish himself at his new team, beat his team-mate
Esteban Ocon
Car No 31
Age 26
Wins 1
Best grid position 3
2022 position 8th
Aim in 2023 Beat his team-mate, score regular podium finishes

AlphaTauri AT04

Improve on ninth in the standings, score points more often than missing

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Nyck de Vries
Car No 21
Age 28
Best race finish 9th
Poles 8th
2022 position 21st
Aim in 2023 Build on Monza debut and show what F1 has been missing
Yuki Tsunoda
Car No 22
Age 22
Best race finish 4th
Best grid position 7th
2022 position 17th
Aim in 2023 Prove conclusively he belongs in F1, beat his team-mate

Aston Martin AMR23

Meet high expectations of owner and new driver, move up the order

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Fernando Alonso
Car No 14
Age 41
Wins 32
Poles 22
2022 position 9th
Aim in 2023 Inspire and lead his new team, maintain high performance level
Lance Stroll
Car No 18
Age 24
Podiums 3
Poles 1
2022 position 15th
Aim in 2023 Match the great Alonso and beat him whenever he can

Williams FW45

Lift itself from the back and show signs of (yet another) revival

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Alex Albon
Car No 23
Age 26
Podiums 2
Best grid position 4
2022 position 19th
Aim in 2023 Continue to grow as a team leader, score more heavily
Logan Sargeant
Car No 2
Age 22
Best race finish N/A
Best grid position N/A
2022 position N/A
Aim in 2023 Gain respect and prove he belongs in F1

Alfa Romeo C43

Under new leader Andreas Seidl, give Alfa name a decent send-off

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Valtteri Bottas
Car No 77
Age 33
Wins 10
Poles 20
2022 position 10th
Aim in 2023 Score points more often and prove he still has something to offer
Zhou Guanyu
Car No 24
Age 23
Best race finish 8th
Best grid position 9th
2022 position 18th
Aim in 2023 Consolidate decent rookie campaign, beat his team-mate

Haas VF-23

Make the most of experienced driver line-up to climb the standings

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Kevin Magnussen
Car No 20
Age 30
Podiums 1
Poles 1
2022 position 13th
Aim in 2023 Beat his team-mate, keep his drive for 2024
Nico Hulkenberg
Car No 27
Age 35
Best race finish 4th
Poles 1
2022 position 22nd
Aim in 2023 Same as above! He’s back. Now he must deliver.