Formula 1: The drivers already signed for 2023

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Formula 1 (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Formula 1 (Photo by ANP via Getty Images) /

Not many drivers have contracts that extend beyond the conclusion of the 2022 Formula 1 season, even with a few recent announcements.

The 10-team, 20-driver grid for the 2022 Formula 1 season was solidified just days before the start of the new season.

The 22-race season (down from 23 races initially) got underway in March with the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit, the track which also hosted the second preseason test one weekend prior.

Not many drivers entered the 2022 season with deals to compete beyond its conclusion, and the season is now nearly one-third of the way complete, as Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco was the seventh race on the calendar.

Despite a few recent confirmations, there are still quite a few open seats in the 2023 driver lineup.

Just over half of the 20 drivers on this year’s grid have confirmed deals to compete through at least the 2023 season. Here is a list of these drivers and their contract situations.

NOTE: “+” means possibly longer, details unknown.

  • Max Verstappen, Red Bull (2028)
  • Sergio Perez, Red Bull (2024)
  • Charles Leclerc, Ferrari (2024)
  • Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari (2024)
  • Esteban Ocon, Alpine (2024)
  • George Russell, Mercedes (2023+)
  • Lando Norris, McLaren (2023+)
  • Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo (2023+)
  • Kevin Magnussen, Haas (2023+)
  • Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (2023)
  • Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren (2023)

And here’s a list of the drivers who do not have confirmed deals to compete beyond the conclusion of the 2022 season.

  • Fernando Alonso, Alpine
  • Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  • Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
  • Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
  • Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
  • Nicholas Latifi, Williams
  • Alexander Albon, Williams
  • Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo
  • Mick Schumacher, Haas

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The fact that nearly half of the seat’s in next year’s lineup are still open makes things interesting to begin with. But when you factor in the possibility of exit clauses in some of the deals that appear to be set for 2023 (Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren deal, specifically), the upcoming silly season looks as though it could become an even more chaotic one.