With a team title and a driver title at stake, teams need to start the car even if one of the full-time drivers becomes unwell.

Reserve Drivers are on standby, often at the circuit, during a race weekend. They’re trained to jump into the car at short notice and participate in the race if needed. They can also be called upon for testing and simulator work. 

Antonio Giovinazzi & Mick Schumacher

If one of the Ferrari drivers cannot participate in a race weekend, the team will rely on a familiar face as their reserve driver; Antonio Giovinazzi, who has been a Ferrari reserve since 2017.

He previously raced for the Alfa Romeo but lost his full-time seat at the end of the 2021 F1 season.

Ferrari doesn’t have far to look for another one of their reserve drivers. Just a few doors down is Mick Schumacher, who has stepped up for the 2022 F1 season.

Schumacher made his F1 debut with Haas last year and will share the role with Giovinazzi.

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta was confirmed as a third reserve driver last year, in case both Stoffel and Nyck were occupied during a Formula E race weekend. It’s understood that this agreement is still in place for 2022.
Di Resta had 59 starts to his name in F1 and has a history of stepping in for drivers at the last minute. He was drafted as a substitute for Felipe Massa during the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend but has not raced in F1 since.

Stoffel Vandoorn and Nick De Vries






Stoffel Vandoorn is currently competing in Formula E with Mercedes, Vandoorne has been an official reserve driver for the constructors’ champions since 2020. Stoffel has plenty of experience, with 41 F1 starts to his name with McLaren from 2016-2018.

Nick De Vries is the 2019 Formula 2 champion, the reigning Formula E Champion, and was promoted to Mercedes’ Test and Reserve Driver in 2021.

Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi is the Test And Reserve Driver at Red Bull Racing in 2022 after Alex Albon’s departure from the team.

Buemi has a great deal of experience, both in F1 and other FIA championships. The Swiss driver has 55 F1 starts to his name from 2009 to 2011 with Toro Rosso, and since his time in F1 has won the World Endurance Championship twice and the Formula E Championship.

Liam Lawson






As a Red Bull Racing Reserve Driver, Liam Lawson is also AlphaTauri’s reserve driver, and it’s likely he’ll be given a shot if either Pierre Gasly or Yuki Tsunoda cannot race.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg, everyone’s favourite super substitute, is back for 2022 and already had a call-up!

Covering for a COVID-positive Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain this season, the super substitute was forced to jump into a Racing Point on three occasions in 2020 but could only start two of the three races.

Jack Aitken

Williams’ reserve Jack Aitken got his F1 debut during the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix when he replaced George Russell.

The latter was promoted to Mercedes for a single race after Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19.

Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica is a well-known and respected figure around the F1 paddock. With 97 F1 starts to his name, he looked to have a long and successful career ahead of him before his 2011 Rallying accident.

Pietro Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi is the grandson of two-time F1 champion Emerson and a reserve driver for Haas (2022).

Pietro made his F1 debut at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, replacing injured Romain Grosjean for the season’s final two races. 

Oscar Piastri

Oscar Piastri is undoubtedly hot property at the moment. As the 2021 Formula 2 Champion, the Aussie has been snapped up by Alpine and is expected to fill the seat of Fernando Alonso once he departs F1 again.

For now, though, he acts as the team’s official Reserve Driver and an option for McLaren if they need it.

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan

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