The driver line-up for the 2022 Formula 1® season is nearing completion, with most teams having confirmed their two drivers for the upcoming season.
The silly season kicked off with the retirement announcement of the Formula 1® World Championship driver Kimi Raikkonen. This led to Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas announcing his move from Mercedes to Alfa Romeo on a multi-year deal. Bottas will take on a new challenge as the lead driver in the team.
Red Bull reserve driver Alex Albon will return to the grid in 2022. The Thai-British driver spent 2021 in the German-based touring car series Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). Albon will be taking Russell’s seat at Williams alongside Canadian Nicholas Latifi.
Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Alpine, AlphaTauri, Aston Martin and Haas will all retain their same drivers for the upcoming season.
The final seat to be confirmed on the grid belongs to Alfa Romeo. Antonio Giovinazzi currently holds the position alongside Raikkonen, although he is yet to sign a new deal. Will the Italian racing driver retain the place, or will we see someone new in the seat? Australian Oscar Piastri is leading the F2 Championships and will be looking for a place in F1®. Or will we see new faces in F1®, such as Guanyu Zhou or Nyck de Vries.
Below is a list of the current teams and their drivers for the upcoming season.
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
Red Bull: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
McLaren: Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo
Alpine: Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon
AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda
Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas and TBC
Williams: Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon
Haas: Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher