The Formula 1 driver market in view of the 2023 season seems destined to give repeated twists. If the beginning of August was characterized by Alpine chaos – which is still far from finding a resolution – with the Alonso-Piastri-Ricciardo triangle that moved the first days of the summer break quite a bit, now the headlights are heading towards the Haas box. The announcement made by the American team that it intends to run this year in two free practice sessions (Monza and Austin) Antonio Giovinazzi opens some interesting reflections on what could be the future couple of drivers of the team directed by Gunther Steiner.
In fact, it should be remembered that making Giovinazzi take to the track the Haas does not deny the obligation of having a rookie driver run in at least two sessions of PL1. In fact, with three F1 seasons as a starter behind him, the Italian certainly does not meet the requirements to be considered a rookie. Steiner commented unambiguously that the request to run Giovinazzi came from Ferrari. The Cavallino still has the fate of its third rider at heart and would certainly be happy to see him return to compete as a starter in the Circus. At the moment, however, the only realistic hope for the native of Martina Franca seems to be to win the derby with the other FDA school driver. Mick Schumacher.
The German, F2 champion in 2020, in fact is not yet certain to see his seat confirmed in Haas in 2023 and, at the same time, he is among the pilots considered eligible to arrive in Alpine Next year. In this perspective, the relationship of great friendship that binds him to the other driver of the Enstone team is also not underestimated, Esteban Ocon. As for the seats of the Kannapolis team, however, everything seems to be in the hands of Steiner and the owner of the team, Gene Haas. In fact, according to what recently declared by the Bolzano manager, Ferrari would have no say in the composition of the line-up.
“We don’t have to wait to see what Ferrari says “Steiner bluntly told the site Racer.com. Precisely this freedom from any Ferrari diktat in the choice of the starting drivers also makes the German’s presence among the candidates for the 2023 seat plausible. Nico Hulkenberg. The current third driver of Aston Martin had already been very close to joining the American team in 2020. On that occasion, however, no agreement was reached between the parties and Steiner had preferred to confirm Romain Grosjean. In this case, if Schumacher were to turn to other shores, the former Renault and Force India driver would be the main obstacle between Giovinazzi and a full-time return to F1.