2023 Formula 2 Driver Lineup: Virtuosi Racing announces full lineup

Jack Doohan, Alpine F1 Team, A522, portrait during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Circuito Hermanos Rodriguez from October 27th to 30rd, 2022 in Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico.

Formula 2 team Virtuosi Racing have announced their drivers for the 2023 season in the form of Jack Doohan and Amaury Cordeel.

Virtuosi Racing have announced that their 2022 driver, Jack Doohan will be retaining his seat for next season. Alongside him will be Amaury Cordeel who is making the switch from Vans Amersfoort Racing after finishing the season in 17th. Cordell will be replacing Marino Sato who finished 22nd in the standings, well behind Doohan in 6th.

This will be both drivers’ second season in Formula 2 after making their debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2022. Virtuosi Racing is the fourth team to announce its full lineup for next year.

Doohan’s Debut F2 Season

Doohan, son of 5-time MotoGP Champion Mick Doohan, made his Formula 2 full-season in 2022 after finishing second in the Formula 3 championship the year before. Doohan’s first appearance in F2 came at the end of the 2021 season where he drove the final two rounds for MP Motorsport, securing a P5 finish at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

In 2022, Doohan joined Virtuosi Racing alongside Sato and would go on to score pole at the season opener in Bahrain. Unfortunately, a collision with Theo Pourchaire saw him tumbling down the order and would ultimately finish tenth in both races. That pole was only a glimpse of what was to come, securing three wins and six podiums throughout the season.

Battling for third in the championship alongside Logan Sargeant, Doohan found his dreams squandered at the finale in Abu Dhabi after a failed pit stop saw his tire fall off exiting the pit lane ramp.

Cordeel’s 2022

Cordeel made his Formula 2 debut after finishing 23rd in the 2021 Formula 3 Championship. His season started off poor receiving numerous time penalties and being involved in multiple crashes. After picking up twelve penalty points, Cordeel was issued a one-race ban forcing him to miss the British Grand Prix. However, following the summer break, Cordeel improved and would go on to score points in three races (Zandvoort, Monza, Yas Marina). His best result of the season (P5) came during the Sprint Race at Abu Dhabi.

Following the announcements, Doohan stated:

“I’m thrilled to be continuing with Virtuosi Racing for my second year in Formula 2. After a strong first season together, I couldn’t be happier to be going into 2023 with the same great team around me. I can’t wait to get redemption from this season.”

Cordeel added:

“It is clear that Virtuosi is among the top teams which will only make my personal growth better. I already noticed with the three-day test in Abu Dhabi that they support me insanely well. The second half of last season is very promising for next year. I am sure that together with them I can achieve my future dreams. Really thankful for this opportunity.”

Andy Roche (Joint owner of Virtuosi Racing) wrote:

“We’re delighted to be sticking with Jack for 2023. Jack enjoyed a brilliant rookie season with us and showed obvious potential for more. Together, we will be working hard to ensure he achieves that. Amaury’s results improved over his rookie year and we’ll be looking to work with him to improve further in 2023. Amaury settled into our car well during the Abu Dhabi post-season test and we’re looking forward to getting to it in 2023.”

2023 Driver Lineup

Virtuosi finished 7th in the team championship and will be looking to elevate their performance for 2023. With a championship contender in Doohan and with Cordeel improving his form, can they make that step forward?

  • Campos Racing: Ralph Boschung & Kush Maini
  • DAMS Racing: Arthur Leclerc & TBD
  • MP Motorsport: Dennis Hauger & TBD
  • PHM Racing by Charouz: Roy Nissany and Brad Benavides
  • PREMA Powerteam: Oliver Bearman & Frederick Vesti
  • Trident Racing: Clement Novalak & TBD
  • Virtuosi Racing: Jack Doohan & Amaury Cordeel

As drivers and teams continued to be announced, the table will be adjusted.

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