16. When did Nico Hulkenberg last race full-time in F1?
17. How did Daniel Ricciardo describe his chosen option for 2023?
A. The best offer that was on the table
B. Like going home to mum and dad
C. A dream come true
18. What championship did F1 newcomer Nyck de Vries win in 2021?
A. Formula E
C: World Endurance
19. When will pre-season testing begin?
A. Early February
B. Late February
C. Early March
20. What will happen to F1’s rear view mirrors from 2023?
A. They will be replaced by cameras
B. They will be smaller
C. They will be bigger
ANSWERS - F1 pre-season quiz 2023
1. C - Four drivers have dropped off the grid this season. Sebastian Vettel retired from Aston Martin; Daniel Ricciardo was axed by McLaren; Nicolas Latifi was dropped by Williams, and Mick Schumacher was released by Haas.
2. B - F1 will not return to Shanghai due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. It will, however, go back to Qatar, which is back after a year off, and Las Vegas, which previously held races in a car park in the 1980s.
3. B - Alonso said it felt like it was the right decision to move to Aston Martin “because they seemed to really want me and appreciate every performance I put in in the last few years."
4. A - Just four of the 10 teams on the grid will retain their line-up. They are the front-running pairings at Red Bull [Verstappen/Perez], Ferrari [Leclerc/Sainz] and Mercedes [Hamilton/Russell] and also Alfa Romeo [Bottas/Zhou].
5. A - The number 2 will be on Sargeant’s car. It is a number he used to run in Formula Renault in which he says he had a “pretty good season.” Fellow newcomers Nyck de Vries and Oscar Piastri will run cars 21 and 81 respectively.
6. C - The French Grand Prix is the one that has been knocked off the calendar this season just six years after returning in 2018 after previously being dropped in 2009.
7. C - Four teams have new bosses this season: Ferrari [Frederic Vasseur], McLaren [Andrea Stella], Alfa Romeo and Williams. [Neither of the latter two have named their new boss at the time of publication].
8 .A - Alpine’s new pairing Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly have known each other since they were six. They grew up down the road from each other, their families were friends and Gasly had his first taste of motorsport in Ocon’s kart.
9. C - The UK has three drivers on the grid [Hamilton, Russell and Lando Norris - Alex Albon races under the Thai flag]. Three other nations have two drivers: Spain [Alonso, Sainz], Netherlands [Verstappen, de Vries] and France [Gasly, Ocon].
10. B - Six events are scheduled to host sprint races in 2023, compared to three in 2021 and 2022. These are due to be in Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Qatar, the United States and São Paulo.
11. B - Piastri is an Australian driver and his arrival at McLaren will ensure that the country maintains its presence on the F1 grid after Daniel Ricciardo was dropped by the team.
12 .C - Latifi was dropped by Williams and has not yet announced his future plans. Ricciardo returned to his old Red Bull team as test and reserve driver, while Schumacher joined Mercedes in a similar position.
13. B - In 2015, Alexander Rossi was the last US driver to race in F1, competing for Marussia in five events. Prior to that, Scott Speed raced for Red Bull for one and a half seasons before being dropped mid-2007.
14. C - The changes are designed to prevent excessive porpoising, a situation in which the cars bounce up and down along the straights. This caused driver discomfort and these measures were brought in to try to reduce the issue.
15. B - Honda has chosen to put its name behind Red Bull again after previously deciding to stop supplying the company’s two teams. This has seen the engines re-branded from RBPT (Red Bull Powertrain) to Honda-RBPT.
16. C - In 2019, Hulkenberg raced a full season for Renault but since then he has competed as a stand-in, driving three times for Racing Point in 2020 and twice for Aston Martin last season.
17. B - Ricciardo will return to Red Bull as a test and reserve driver and said it was “like going home to mum and dad” after being ousted from McLaren following a tough time alongside Lando Norris.
18. A - Dutch driver de Vries was champion in the all-electric series. The long-time Mercedes reserve will make his full F1 debut in 2023 having stood in for Alex Albon at Williams at the 2022 Italian GP.
19. B - February 23-25 is when the 2023 cars will be back in pre-season testing action at the Bahrain International Circuit. You can read full coverage of the test on GPFans.com.
20. C - The mirrors will be increased in size in an attempt to better help with driver visibility and improve brake circuit definition. Some teams already tested the larger mirrors during Friday practice sessions in 2022.
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