The reveal of the Alpine A523 on the evening of Thursday 16 February marked the conclusion of the traditional Formula 1 team presentations.
Here is an overview of the 2023 line-up before the start of pre-season testing in Bahrain from February 23-25, just 100 days before the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco (May 25-28).
The new car features a revised version with a dominant black colour scheme and white and red accents. The engine cover is now wider, suggesting that some of the radiators have been moved. Experienced drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen will have the tough task of speeding up the development of this 2023 Haas, with limited budgetary means.
The reigning World Champion car brings few design changes. The main announcement of the presentation was that Red Bull Racing will team up with engine manufacturer Ford from 2026 onwards. The two companies will jointly develop a new generation powertrain for the Red Bull and AlphaTauri cars, taking over from Honda (using a 350 kW electric motor and fully renewable fuels from 2026).
The FW45 features an evolution of the blue-black colour scheme that came to the Williams in 2022. The nose of the car features a new design, similar to the geometry used by Haas and AlphaTauri last season. So it’s a mix of philosophies, taking on Red Bull and Ferrari type design elements, while the Williams team is striving for better aerodynamic performance.
Alfa Romeo C43 F1
The new Alfa Romeo is notably distinctive for its black colour, which has replaced the white on the car. In this livery, the team has focused on developing the aerodynamic concept of the 2022 car by revising the design of its rear suspension, which has led to the creation of a new cooling system and new body shapes.
AlphaTauri unveiled its new colours and driver line-up (Nyck de Vries / Yuki Tsunoda) during an elegant presentation in New York. One of the main evolutions is aerodynamic with the raising of the floorboards – more rigid – in order to limit the harmful effects of “porpoising”. In terms of livery, the most obvious change is the appearance of the red of the team’s new sponsor, PKN Orlen, a transfer from Alfa Romeo.
Aston Martin AMR23
The Silverstone-based team has not made any major changes to its 2023 livery. The team indicates that its main areas of focus have been the front wing, side cradles, engine cover and roll cage entry. With the arrival of two-time Spanish World Champion Fernando Alonso, a staff that has doubled in size and a new factory under construction, Aston Martin F1 is showing its structural ambition, and will be looking to maintain the positive dynamic of the second half of the 2022 season.
The new 2023 McLaren sports a side-cradle concept resembling Red Bull’s. The air intakes and underfloor barriers appear to have been revised, although the MCL60 appears to be essentially an iterative update on last year’s car.
A presentation worthy of its name for the new SF-23, under the eyes of thousands of tifosi in Fiorano. With the French Fréderic Vasseur at its helm now, Ferrari presents a predominantly matte red single-seater with a few exposed carbon fiber sections. Among the improvements, in particular, the suspension has been redesigned in order to increase the range of adjustments that can be made to the car on the track.
Mercedes AMG F1 W14 E-Performance
Mercedes’ latest creation marks a return to W14 and black – a colour already successfully used in 2020 and 2021 – after spending 2022 in their more traditional silver scheme. As for the design of the car proper, it follows the 2022 car’s philosophy, but with changes notably to the wings, floor and air inlets/outlets. Key elements to improve performance.
Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon unveiled the 2023 version of the Alpine F1 car during a live presentation in London. The main modifications were made to the suspension, the position of the cooling system and finally the rear wing to improve its efficiency. There is no revolution in the livery. We find the traditional Alpine blue, mainly on the central part of the bodywork, with the pontoons in the colours of the title sponsor BWT. Like last season, the Franco-British team will start with a 100% pink livery for the first three rounds in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia.