Christian Horner has pinpointed the teams he believes could be the ones to break away from the midfield and challenge the 'top three' in 2023.
Whilst the 2022 technical regulations provided a new running order, the pace difference between the top three teams (Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes) and the rest of the grid still remained, with Alpine finishing a distant P4 last season.
Horner was asked by Auto Motor Und Sport if he envisaged another team joining the established 'top three' teams in 2023.
With the Horner understandably including the highest-placed midfield teams from 2022, Alpine and McLaren, in his assessment, the Briton suggested that Aston Martin might emerge as a candidate.
"You never know, Alpine made progress in the second half of the year," pondered the Red Bull team boss.
"Aston Martin... we keep hearing big numbers coming out of their expectations, so you just don't know what the running order will be. McLaren might even get it together this year.
"Inevitably the grid should, with stable regulations, start to close up."
When offering his assessment of the frontrunners, Horner provided a more cautious answer:
"Of course, Ferrari had a very good car last year, they're going to come out fighting hard this year.
"Mercedes I'm sure will recover from the annus horribilis last year. So let's see, the competitors are going to be very strong."