Who will take over from Vettel at Aston Martin in the 2023 Formula 1 season?

Who will take over from Vettel at Aston Martin in the 2023 Formula 1 season?

Sebastian Vettel’s decision to retire from Formula 1 after the end of the 2022 season has now opened a series of speculations about who will be chosen to take over the German’s position at Aston Martin from next year. Lance Stroll is known to be on the team owned by his father, Lawrence. So, it remains to be seen who will end up in the garages of the British brand in 2023.

The case is that the English team still seemed to be working on Vettel’s new guarantee. So much so that, last week, Seb said that there was a “clear intention to continue” in F1 and renew with Aston Martin. Green Fleet itself, through Chief Mike Krack, had previously said that it hoped “to have Vettel for a long time.” So, despite the team and driver treating the issue as a possibility in recent months, the German’s retirement will promote a change of direction in the team.

And right now, there are at least six names linked to a possible deal, which, as a result, will also affect other teams on the grid. But the first natural candidate is Nico Hülkenberg. The German is Aston Martin’s reserve driver and replaced Vettel at the start of the season, when the four-time champion was diagnosed with Covid-19.

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Niko Hulkenberg replaced Vettel in the first two races and is now leaving F1 again

Photo: Aston Martin / Grand Prix

Hülkenberg has also played for Force India as a starter between 2011 and 2012 and later between 2014 and 2016. Later, when the team moved to Racing Point, Nico was called to replace Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll in 2020, on both occasions. infected with the new coronavirus.

However, there is a more valuable alternative: Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard is understood to be in talks for another two years with Alpine, which has yet to decide what to do with promoter Oscar Piastri. Alonso’s departure would finally open the door for the young Australian and, in some ways, resolve the lives of both teams.

The Asturian, for his part, has already been targeted by Lawrence Stroll – even the signing of Vettel. And it will be a stellar acquisition for the green ship, due to its vast experience and development potential.

On the other hand, there are trails that lead to smaller riders. The first case will be that of Mick Schumacher. Vettel’s apprentice, the German has been in the spotlight for his recent performances with Haas, but is yet to sign a new contract. The only caveat will be the following: if there is an agreement with Aston Martin, Schumacher will leave the Ferrari plan and will have to recalculate the route. However, it is still a good choice.

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Fernando Alonso is an important option, but he is still in talks with Alpine

Fernando Alonso is an important option, but he is still in talks with Alpine

Photo: Alpine / Grand Prix

Still in this young line, it is important to show Piastri. Despite being associated with Alpine, last year’s Formula 2 champion has been crying his name out in F1. Apart from the French team itself, Oscar has already made headlines in a possible relationship with McLaren and Williams.

And another champion, the 2020 FE champion, Nyck de Vries can also be placed on that list. The Dutchman is always on the radar in the F1 scene and his relationship with Mercedes could strengthen future negotiations. The driver replaced Lewis Hamilton in FP1 at Paul Ricard and did not do badly, also thought Williams.

Finally, there is Daniel Ricciardo. The Aussie has one year left on his McLaren contract, but his incredible 2022 performance puts him in doubt. Although the team and the pilot have said that the link is ongoing, the rumors do not stop, especially considering the range of competitors that the English fleet has in its garages.

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