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Red Bull’s 2023 Junior Line-up includes six F2 drivers



Red Bull 2023 F2 drivers

Red Bull will have the most representation in Formula 2 this year, with six of the 22 drivers in the series being part of the team’s driver academy, a record for any Formula 1 driver development program in the history of GP2/F2.

Red Bull has expanded its junior driver lineup for 2023 by including 2022 FIA F3 runner-up Zane Maloney and Enzo Fittipaldi, who despite facing pre-season brain surgery, had a strong rookie campaign in F2, finishing 8th in the championship.

Maloney and Fittipaldi will compete for the Carlin team in Formula 2 this year, taking the places of Logan Sargeant who will race for Williams F1 and Liam Lawson who will move to Super Formula. Both Sargeant and Lawson will remain part of Red Bull’s junior driver program.

Liam Lawson will drive for Team Mugen in Super Formula, the same team that has previously supported Red Bull junior drivers such as Pierre Gasly, Dan Ticktum, Pato O’Ward and Juri Vips in Japan.

Despite a difficult rookie season in Formula 2, where he finished 10th with the Prema team, Dennis Hauger, the 2021 FIA F3 champion, will continue to be supported by Red Bull in 2023.

Dennis Hauger will be switching teams to drive for MP Motorsport, the team that helped Felipe Drugovich win the 2022 championship. He will likely be joined by his 2022 team-mate, Jehan Daruvala, who is now a reserve driver for Mahindra Formula E and has ended his association with Red Bull after three years.

Ayumu Iwasa, a Honda protégé, had an impressive season with DAMS in Formula 2 last year, finishing seven points behind top rookie Logan Sargeant in the standings.


Iwasa will be staying with the DAMS team for a second season in Formula 2 and will be joined by Arthur Leclerc, the younger brother of Charles Leclerc, who is one of two drivers supported by Ferrari in the series, the other being Ollie Bearman, who will be driving for Prema team.

Red Bull also adds two more graduates from Formula 3 to its Formula 2 lineup: Isack Hadjar and Jak Crawford. Both drivers had a strong performance in the F3 last year, finishing fourth and seventh respectively. They will be racing for Hitech Grand Prix, an all-Red Bull-backed team. Hadjar, in particular, is highly rated by Red Bull.

Red Bull’s commitment of six drivers in Formula 2 marks the largest representation in the series by any Formula 1 driver academy in the history of GP2/F2, surpassing the total of five drivers that Ferrari supported in 2020. Only one of those five Ferrari drivers, Mick Schumacher, managed to make it to Formula 1.

Mercedes is supporting only one driver, Frederik Vesti, in the Formula 2 series this year. He will be switching teams from ART Grand Prix to Prema for his second year in the series. Meanwhile, Alpine junior Jack Doohan will be continuing with Virtuosi for a second season in the series.

Red Bull will be supporting only one driver in the FIA Formula 3 this year, Sebastian Montoya. He will be undertaking his first full-time campaign with Hitech after impressing in a one-off appearance at Monza last year.

Japanese driver Souta Arao, who finished third in the French F4 championship, will be competing in GB3 (formerly known as British F3) with Hitech team this year.

In addition to the drivers mentioned, Red Bull will also continue to support Formula 4 driver Arvid Lindblad and new additions to their junior driver program Enzo Deligny, who raced in the Spanish F4 and Enzo Tarnvanichkul, who comes from Karting.

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