2023 Reserve drivers
Liam Lawson testing for AlphaTauri :

2023 Reserve Drivers, Test Drivers and Third Drivers. 

Reserve Drivers are part of the team and often in the team’s garage over a race weekend. They are race-ready should a contract driver be excluded from driving. This has been more prevalent over the last two years with covid affecting drivers. 

A driver must participate in at least one practice session to join qualifying, so if it is a touch-and-go situation, teams need to make the call as early as possible so the reserve driver can get up to speed and qualify.

Test, Third or Simulator Drivers work with the team to develop and tune the car. 

In some cases, teams share these resources, usually where there is a commonality through Power Unit supply. 

The lineup for 2023 is as follows…

Red Bull Racing (and AlphaTauri)

  • Reserve drivers: Liam Lawson, Dennis Hauger, Zane Maloney
  • Third driverDaniel Ricciardo
  • Simulator driver: Rudy van Buren

Aston Martin

  • Test and reserve driver: Stoffel Vandoorne
  • Reserve driver: Felipe Drugovich

Alfa Romeo

  • Reserve driver: Theo Pourchaire


  • Reserve driver: Antonio Giovinazzi
  • Test driver: Robert Shwartzman


  • Reserve driver: Alex Palou and Mick Schumacher (all season), Felipe Drugovich, Stoffel Vandoorne (first 15 races of 2023)
  • Test and development driver: Will Stevens
  • Test and development driver: Oliver Turvey

Mercedes (and Williams)

  • Reserve driver: Mick Schumacher


Reserve driver: Jack Doohan

Read more about the 2023 reserve drivers on motorsport.comhere

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan

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