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Which team has the best driver line-up on the 2023 F1 grid? · RaceFans

(L to R): Lewis Hamilton, George Russell, Mercedes; Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen, Red Bull; Yas Marina, 2022

As another Formula 1 season approaches over the horizon, there are another ten driver pairings that are aiming to achieve success throughout 2023. Four of them remain untouched from last season, while six of the teams welcome a new driver into their ranks.

But which of the driver combinations on the 2023 F1 grid is the best? Vote for which team you think has the best driver line-up and have your say in the comments.

The 2023 F1 team mates

Team Driver 1 Driver 2 Notes
Red Bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez The reigning constructors’ champions, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez combined for 17 wins in total for Red Bull last year. Despite helping Red Bull to their most successful season ever in 2022, Verstappen enjoyed far more of the success than Perez did, with the more experienced driver adding just two wins to the team’s total to Verstappen’s 15 on his way to the title.
Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz Jnr Charles Leclerc stormed to an early championship lead last season before a combination of Ferrari reliability problems and a Red Bull resurgence took him out of the hunt for the title. Carlos Sainz Jnr broke through with his first career win at Silverstone and was far closer to his team mate by the end of the year. Both are locked down at Ferrari for the years to come.
Mercedes George Russell Lewis Hamilton In Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes have the most successful driver ever, statistically. However, it was his new team mate George Russell who ended up ahead of Hamilton on points at the end of the season, impressing with his consistency through the year and taking Mercedes’ only victory of the season in Brazil.
Alpine Esteban Ocon Pierre Gasly The first new pairing for 2023 sees the only French team now running with a purely French driver line-up. Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly are of similar age, each has a single grand prix win to their names and both have over 100 races of experience. With their rivalry stretching back to karting days, both will be eager to defeat the other this season.
McLaren Lando Norris Oscar Piastri Once of the youngest duos on the grid sees the first rookie of the 2023 season. Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri finally gets an opportunity to race in F1 as McLaren’s first rookie since Stoffel Vandoorne. He joins Lando Norris, who continues to blossom into one of the most formidable young talents on the grid with the only midfield podium of 2022.
Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas Zhou Guanyu Valtteri Bottas‘ move from Mercedes to Alfa Romeo in 2022 appeared…

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