Last week, we gave you the prospect to vote for the driving force pairing that excites you essentially the most heading into the brand new F1 season, with no fewer than six groups making modifications to their line-ups over the winter break…
After tens of hundreds of entries, we are able to reveal that the duo you’re significantly trying ahead to watching by way of 2023 is… McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, who collectively secured a 24% slice of the voting motion.
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McLaren boss Zak Brown has already described F3 and F2 champion Piastri as an “immense talent” to look out for, whereas he expects Norris – set for his fifth season with the workforce – to get “better and better”. That feels like recreation on at Woking…
Second within the record with 20% of the votes have been Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, as their grasp and apprentice relationship will get set to enter its second season – each drivers vying to steer the Silver Arrows’ cost in the event that they return to completely aggressive methods after their tough 2022.
Next up have been Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz on 12%, with Ferrari – under new team boss Frederic Vasseur – trying to ship a sustained title problem this outing, adopted by the Red Bull and Alpine driver pairings on 11% apiece.
Breaking down the votes, P4 went to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez by the narrowest of margins, with loads of intrigue as to how the world champions transfer on from their team orders controversy in Brazil final season.
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New Alpine workforce mates Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly subsequently rounded out the highest 5, because the pair – who had some run-ins throughout their karting days – kind the primary all-French line-up at a Renault-backed workforce since Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux again in 1982.
Honourable mentions go to Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg (8%), who hyperlink up at Haas a few years on from that Hungaroring exchange, and the arrival of two-time champion Fernando Alonso alongside Lance Stroll at Aston Martin (5%).
Most anticipated 2023 F1 driver pairings
|McLaren||Norris / Piastri||24%|
|Mercedes||Hamilton / Russell||20%|
|Ferrari||Leclerc / Sainz||12%|
|Red Bull||Verstappen / Perez||11%|
|Alpine||Ocon / Gasly||11%|
|Haas||Magnussen / Hulkenberg||8%|
|Aston Martin||Alonso / Stroll||5%|
|AlphaTauri||Tsunoda / De Vries||5%|
|Williams||Albon / Sargeant||2%|
|Alfa Romeo||Bottas / Zhou||2%|