There is a lot of talent that is competing in both Formula 2 and Formula 3 for 2023 with the support of F1 teams. Red Bull will be running six drivers in F2 this year with their backing, with a mix of some being new to the scene while others are entering their third or sophomore years in the feeder series. Take a look at all of the 'F1 juniors' that are competing with the backing of the teams below.
Jak Crawford - Red Bull
The American driver enters his first season of F2 having previously raced in F3 for two years and finishing 13th and 7th in the Drivers' Championship respectively.
Dennis Hauger - Red Bull
It will be the second season in F2 for the 2021 F3 champion, after he finished the 2022 campaign 10th in the championship. The Dane suffered some poor luck at the start of his season, salvaging race wins at Monaco and Baku. Following another run of consecutive non-points finishes, Hauger finished off his season with some promising top fives at the final three events.
Enzo Fittipaldi - Red Bull
Enzo Fittipaldi enters his second season in Formula 2, having achieved six podiums, 15 top 10 finishes and finishing 8th in the Drivers' Championship in his rookie year.
Isack Hadjar - Red Bull
Isack Hadjar was one of the standout talents in F3 in 2022, taking three race wins at the opening Bahrain round, Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring. The French driver was in the running for the title, but a crash during qualifying at the final round put him at the back of the grid and out of the points. He eventually finished fourth in the championship, while Alpine junior Victor Martins took the title.
Ayumu Iwasa - Red Bull
After a season in F3 in 2021, Japanese driver Ayumu Iwasa switched to F2 in 2022 and finished fifth in the championship. He took two race wins at the Le Castellet round and final race in Abu Dhabi. In 2023 he will once again contest the F2 series with backing from Red Bull, as part of their ties with Honda.
Zane Maloney - Red Bull
Although it was not a perfect start for Zane Maloney in the 2022 F3 championship, a run of race wins towards the end of the season put him in contention for the title. He finished the year five points off eventual champion Victor Martins, but it showed the potential of the Red Bull-backed junior who makes the switch to F2 in 2023.
Victor Martins - Alpine
Even though he only took two race wins during the 2022 F3 championship, consistency was the key for Victor Martins' title-winning campaign. The 2022 champion will make his debut in F2 with the backing of Alpine in 2023.
Jack Doohan - Alpine
2023 marks the third season for the Alpine Academy driver in F2. Jack Doohan has slowly risen through the field as a title contender, last year finishing 6th in the Drivers' Championship.
Theo Pourchaire - Alfa Romeo
The 19 year-old Frenchman Theo Pourchaire will undertake his third season in F2, with the backing of Alfa Romeo through the Sauber Driver Academy. After becoming an outside runner-up during the 2020 F3 season, he made the switch to F2 full-time in 2021. With five wins in the series so far, he will be looking to improve his chances of taking the title in 2023.
Juan Manuel Correa - Alfa Romeo
Four years on from his accident at Spa, Juan Manuel Correa will make his remarkable return to F2 in 2023. With the backing of the Sauber Driver Academy, he moves up to the series having spent the last two years in F3.
Frederik Vesti - Mercedes
Frederik Vesti is the first Mercedes junior to compete in F2 since George Russell in 2018. The Dane enters his second year after having a difficult year and finishing 9th in the championship, with just one win at Baku and four podiums. He makes the switch to Prema in 2023 for his sophomore year.
Oliver Bearman - Ferrari
At just 17 years old, Oliver Bearman will be one of the youngest drivers on the F2 grid as he makes his debut alongside Frederik Vesti at Prema. He finished his year in F3 with seven podiums and a race win at Spa, which put him third in the championship.
Roy Nissany - Williams
The 2023 season will be the fourth year that he has contested in F2, after finishing 19th in the Drivers' Championship in 2022.
Sebastian Montoya - Red Bull
Son of F1 legend Juan Pablo Montoya, the Columbian will be making his full-time F3 debut in 2023 having contested two races at Zandvoort last year.
Zak O'Sullivan - Williams
It will be the second season in F3 for the British talent Zak O'Sullivan, who looks to improve on his 11th place finish in the Drivers' Championship with the backing of Williams in 2023.
Oliver Gray - Williams
A member of the Williams Racing Driver Academy, Oliver Gray will contest his first season of F3 this year. Prior to that he raced in British F4, finishing as runner-up in 2022.
Caio Collett - Alpine
This will be the third season of F3 for rising Brazilian star Caio Collett. The Alpine-backed driver will be looking to improve on his best finish of 8th in the Drivers' Championship in 2023.