Silly season is upon us as the F1 driver market hots up.
With the Formula 1 summer break fast approaching and teams already moving to secure their preferred driver lineups, silly season is well underway.
RealSport101 is on hand to keep you up to date with all the latest F1 driver contract news and rumours throughout the summer as the 2023 grid takes shape.
Thursday, June 9th
In an interview with RacingNews365, Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel stated his expectation that Oscar Piastri will race for the Williams F1 Team in 2023, replacing Nicholas Latifi.
Coronel elaborated that he believes the contract between the two parties was signed during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend with the deal to be announced in the coming weeks.
Piastri’s failure to land a full-time F1 drive for the 2022 season came as a major shock after the Alpine Academy driver claimed the Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles in consecutive seasons.
The highly-rated Aussie has been operating in a Reserve Driver role for the French team this season with Alpine keen to get him on the grid for 2023, either as part of their own F1 team or on loan with another.
With Piastri waiting in the wings, Latifi needs to improve his performance level drastically to keep dreams of a third Formula 1 season alive. The Canadian has endured a dismal start to the season, failing to score a point and regularly running miles off the pace of teammate Alex Albon.
Tuesday, May 31st
The official F1 website has announced that Sergio Perez has signed a two-year contract extension with Red Bull. The new deal was agreed earlier in the race weekend but comes perfectly timed after the Mexican stormed from third on the grid to take his third-ever career victory, this time on the streets of Monaco.
Checo endured a mixed first season at Red Bull last year after joining from midfield runners Racing Point, but a race victory in Baku and some incredible defensive antics at the title decider in Abu Dhabi earned the 32-year-old Red Bull’s full backing heading into his second campaign with the team.
2022 has marked a first for Checo. The Mexican driver is finally a title contender thanks to impressive results in Spain and Monaco, sitting in third place in the Driver Standings just 15 points behind championship leader and teammate Max Verstappen.
According to F1 journalist Joe Saward, Haas is considering the future of Mick Schumacher ahead of the 2023 season after a costly Monaco Grand Prix weekend that saw him split his car in half at the exit of the swimming pool section.
The young German’s 2022 season has been littered with high-profile crashes and individual errors, leaving him pointless after seven rounds while his teammate, Kevin Magnussen has continually impressed and currently holds 15 points.
Schumacher does bring in major funds in the form of sponsorships and his ties to Ferrari will play in his favour given the influence they hold over the second seat at Haas.