If you’re looking for the next superstar driver in F1 racing, 2023 is sure to be a year to watch in the world of junior racing. From single-seater racers to karting champions, there is a wealth of exciting young talent in the field. Here is a list of some prospects you’ll want to keep an eye on in the coming year.
After suffering injuries in 2021 while competing in Jeddah, Enzo Fittipaldi has made an astonishing comeback. He used the initial rounds to gain his footing in F2, and in 2022 he had some notable successes, collecting several podiums. His accomplishments were rewarded with a spot on the Red Bull Junior driver roster. With his talent, it is expected that he will excel even more in 2023.
In his impressive first year in FIA Formula 2, Ayumu Iwasa demonstrated why he is a promising prospect and inching closer to an F1 opportunity. His stellar performance was capped off with a win at Yas Marina when the 22-year-old outpaced F2 champion Felipe Drugovich by combining his speed with a savvy defensive driving technique.
In 2022, Jack Doohan experienced more than his fair share of bad luck. Despite this, the Australian proved that his speed was still unparalleled by securing three pole positions. However, his success was hindered by repeated misfortune. With renewed vigor, Doohan will be sure to make a strong comeback in 2023.
Victor Martins had a challenging campaign in the FIA F3 last year, but his poise and maturity gave him a decisive edge over his competitors. This composure was particularly important at the thrilling finale in Monza, which allowed him to become the champion. Now, having joined the ART team for F2 this year, Martins has even more ambitions to pursue.
In 2022, Zane Maloney stunned the Formula 3 world with an awe-inspiring debut. The Bajan driver’s streak of three consecutive Feature Race victories almost propelled him to the F3 championship against all odds. His success earned him a spot in the Red Bull Junior Team and a reserve driver role in F1 for 2023. Maloney is one to watch this year.
Despite being only 19 years old, Theo Pourchaire’s name is already well known. In 2022, the Frenchman experienced unfortunate circumstances in his title fight with Felipe Drugovich, but he still managed to finish in a comfortable second place. If he has a less eventful year in 2023, it will be difficult to stop him, as he is determined to achieve the title he believes he deserves.