With the Formula 1 summer break fast approaching and teams already moving to secure their preferred driver lineups, silly season is well underway.
Table of Contents
- LATEST: Mick Schumacher holds talks with Audi over 2026 F1 entry
- Felipe Drugovich signs as Aston Martin reserve driver
- Jack Doohan in contention for F1 drives in 2023
- AlphaTauri agree deal with IndyCar star Colton Herta for 2023
- Red Bull won't stand in Gasly's way ahead of move to Alpine
- Logan Sargeant could drive for Williams
- Oscar Piastri to replace Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren for 2023 season
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.
LATEST: Mick Schumacher holds talks with Audi over 2026 F1 entry
Wednesday, October 26th
Mick Schumacher has reportedly been handed a lifeline in Formula 1 after holding talks with Audi over their 2026 entry into the sport.
This comes after news of an agreement between Audi and Sauber regarding the German manufacturer's takeover ahead of the 2026 regulation changes.
Schumacher has struggled in his second season in F1 and could be without a drive in 2023 with Niko Hülkenberg in line to replace him at Haas for next season.
Felipe Drugovich signs as Aston Martin reserve driver
Monday, September 12th
Newly-crowned Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich has moved one step further towards his dream of apperaing in F1 after signing a contract as Aston Martin's reserve driver moving forward.
The 22-year-old Brazilian is the first member of the Aston Martin Driver Academy and will complete an FP1 test in Abu Dhabi later this season.
Drugovich could be working alongside Nico Hülkenberg next season with the experienced German's future still in the air following two years as Aston Martin's reserve.
Jack Doohan in contention for F1 drives in 2023
Friday, September 9th
This summer's unpredictable 'silly season' has taken another unexpected turn following a tweet from F1 journalist Will Buxton.
Buxton's tweet claims that Alpine junior Jack Doohan is now in pole position to take the vacant seat at the French outfit for the 2023 F1 season.
The Australian has impressed in F2 this season, and with Colton Herta's move to F1 looking less and less likely due to a super license issue, Doohan could make his F1 bow next season.
AlphaTauri agree deal with IndyCar star Colton Herta for 2023
Monday, September 5th
IndyCar star Colton Herta could be making the rare trip to F1 for next season with Helmut Marko keen to replace Pierre Gasly with the American.
AlphaTauri is still waiting for a verdict from the FIA though, with Herta needing special acceptance on a Super License to be able to compete in F1.
Red Bull won't stand in Gasly's way ahead of move to Alpine
Thursday, September 1st
The path for Pierre Gasly to join Alpine has seemingly been cleared with Helmut Marko confirming that the Red Bull program won't stand in the Frenchman's way should a suitable offer be made.
AlphaTauri offered Gasly a new deal just months ago, but Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri's moves have opened up a seat with the French team.
Marko is said to be keen on Andretti Autosport's Colton Herta, who has impressed since making his debut in IndyCar.
Logan Sargeant could drive for Williams
Monday, August 15th
Williams team boss Jost Capito has hinted in an official interview with F1 that Logan Sargeant is being considered for a promotion to partner Alex Albon in 2023.
Capito suggested that the upcoming Formula 2 rounds at Spa-Francorchamps, Zandvoort and Monza will be pivotal in deciding whether or not the American will get the call-up.
2021 Formula E world champion Nyck De Vries is also being considered for the seat, having completed an FP1 outing for Mercedes earlier in the season, while Nicholas Latifi's funding will keep him in the mix.
Oscar Piastri to replace Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren for 2023 season
Friday, August 5th
McLaren has communicated to Daniel Ricciardo that they intend to replace him with Oscar Piastri for the 2023 F1 season.
The news comes after Piastri corrected a press release from Alpine stating that he would drive for the team in place of Fernando Alonso next season.
Piastri's manager, Mark Webber, has been in talks with McLaren for a couple of weeks and it now looks certain that the reigning F2 champion will be driving for the papaya team next season.