20 years in evaluate: Formula 1 drivers change during the season

(Motorsport-Total.com) – In-season driver adjustments will be the icing on the cake for a Formula 1 yr. One fan or one other may get bored in the event that they all the time see the similar faces in the similar automobile for 23 races.

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Nick de Vries unexpectedly made his Grand Prix debut at Monza in 2022


Seeing one other driver in the automobile, briefly or completely, will be an attention-grabbing expertise: how is he doing? Is it higher than earlier than? In addition, some viewers’ eyes wish to see one thing new.

Driver adjustments during the season haven’t been as frequent in current years. A cursory look at the 1990 season reveals {that a} whole of 40 totally different drivers competed at the moment. For comparability: 20 drivers who began in 2018 and 2019 additionally completed the season.

Of course, there are a number of causes for this. On the one hand, with solely ten groups, the chance of a switch will not be as excessive because it was in the days when a pre-qualifier needed to be held earlier than the precise qualifiers to find out who was allowed to take part in the race weekend.

On the different hand, Formula 1 is financially secure sufficient that groups do not depend on paid drivers who can typically run out of cash, as an alternative utilizing the driver who places the most cash on the desk at every race.

In at the moment’s Formula 1, groups rely extra on consistency. Drivers ought to solely sit out as a result of sickness or damage, akin to Alexander Albon, who used Nick de Vries at Monza final yr as a result of acute appendicitis.

The different setback in 2022 affected Sebastian Vettel, who missed the first two races of the season after testing constructive for corona – an issue that has plagued the 2020 season.

The final change as a result of driver efficiency was in 2019, when Pierre Gasly was demoted from Red Bull and compelled to return to Toro Rosso. For this, Albon was introduced up from the youth group.

In our picture assortment, we wish to see what number of drivers have modified in the final 20 years. Of course, the rely leaves room for interpretation.

Photo gallery: Formula 1 drivers have modified over the previous 20 years

We calculated it as follows: If a driver left a number of races after which returned to the cockpit, that was a driver change for us – we did not rely the change backwards. However, if a driver replaces each drivers in a group – as Nico Hulkenberg did at Racing Point in 2020 – it counts as two adjustments.

In the case of Albon and Gasly’s cockpit swap in 2019, we have got two adjustments, nevertheless it’s mainly the similar swap. But each Red Bull and Toro Rosso have modified drivers.

But who else has been allowed to leap into the cockpit in current years? Find out in our picture gallery!

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