What All F1 Teams Need to Do in 2024 

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With the 2023 Formula 1 season in the books, it’s time to talk about what all 10 F1 teams need to do in 2024. 

The previous campaign was dominated by Red Bull, with Max Verstappen winning 19 of the 22 races on his way to securing a third successive championship. Can any of the other F1 teams stop Red Bull and Verstappen next season? 

Be we dive into the specific requirements for each team, let’s take a quick look at all the F1 teams and drivers for 2024. 

F1 Teams & Drivers for 2024 

The F1 teams will look very familiar next season, with only one permanent driver change taking place. Daniel Ricciardo has replaced Nyck de Vries at the former Alpha Tauri team, although a new constructor name has yet to be announced. 

Here are the F1 teams and their drivers for next season. 

2024 F1 TEAMS & DRIVERS 
Constructor Drivers 
Red Bull Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez 
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, George Russell 
Ferrari Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz 
McLaren Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri 
Aston Martin Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll 
Alpine Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly 
Williams Alexander Albon, Logan Sargeant 
RB Yuki Tsunoda, Daniel Ricciardo 
Sauber Valtteri Bottas, Zhou Guanyu 
Haas Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg 

As you can see, Alfa Romeo is absent from the 2024 lineup. This is one of two F1 teams undergoing a name change for 2024, with the Sauber outfit eventually becoming Audi in 2026. 

Without further ado, it’s time to discuss what every Formula 1 team needs to do in order to improve next season. 

Red Bull – If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It 

Thanks largely to Verstappen’s dominance, Red Bull broke countless records en route to clinching back-to-back World Constructors’ Championship titles. With an unrivaled 860 points in the bank, Red Bull finished a whopping 451 points clear of Mercedes in the final standings. 

2023 WORLD CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS 

  1. Red Bull – 860 
  2. Mercedes – 409 
  3. Ferrari – 406 
  4. McLaren – 302 
  5. Aston Martin – 280 
  6. Alpine – 120 
  7. Williams – 28 
  8. AlphaTauri – 25 
  9. Alfa Romeo – 16 
  10. Haas – 12 

While Verstappen won 19 of the 22 races last season, Sergio Perez won two of the remaining three, underlining Red Bull’s supremacy. With that in mind, Red Bull barely needs to change a thing in 2024. Just keep doing what you’re doing, Max! 

Mercedes – New Car, New Hope for Hamilton & Russell 

By their high standards, Mercedes endured a below-par 2023 season. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell failed to win a single race during the previous campaign, with the latter managing just two podiums. 

A couple of months into the season, team principal Toto Wolf admitted that their concept was wrong, and they were planning to start all over again with next season’s car. More often than not, honesty is the best policy. 

The good news is that Mercedes is a seven-time world champion. After registering six podiums in an underperforming car last season, Hamilton will be hopeful of returning to the glory days behind the wheel of a brand-new beast in 2024. 

Ferrari – Consistency Must Be Established 

Like Mercedes (and all the F1 teams except Red Bull), Ferrari experienced a difficult 2023 campaign. Although the Maranello outfit threatened to be the second-quickest car at certain points in the season, their inconsistency let them down. 

That said, Ferrari was the only team to prevent Red Bull from winning a race last season. Carlos Sainz triumphed at the Singapore Grand Prix, adding to Ferrari’s tally of nine podiums in 2023. 

If the Italian team is serious about closing the gap in 2024, Sainz and Charles Leclerc must establish some consistency. Under the guidance of new team principal Fred Vasseur, Ferrari already appears to be less chaotic – and that can only be a good thing. 

F1 Teams
The FIA has approved a fresh team’s entry into Formula 1, marking an exciting development for the sport.

McLaren – Time to Build Upon Late-Season Momentum 

McLaren’s mid-season transformation in 2023 was nothing short of remarkable. After failing to register a single podium across the first nine races, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri were among the most feared drivers during the second half of the campaign. 

Thanks to a revamped car, Norris posted six P2 finishes across the final 13 races, while Piastri secured a couple of podiums for good measure. As a result, McLaren surpassed the 300-point mark to snatch fourth place in the standings. 

In 2024, Norris and Piastri need to pick up where they left off last season. With a competitive car and a sense of fresh optimism in the air, McLaren will be confident of becoming Red Bull’s biggest challenger next season. 

Aston Martin – Stroll Must Match Alonso’s Performance 

Fernando Alonso rolled back the years last season, racking up eight podiums for Aston Martin. However, the 2005 and 2006 champions didn’t get much help from his teammates. 

Driving the same car as Alonso, Lance Stroll failed to register a single podium in 2023. While Alonso picked up 206 points to finish fourth in the standings, Stroll finished all the way down in 10th place with 74 points. 

If Aston Martin wants to compete with the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren, Stroll must up his game in 2024. Even a handful of podiums for the Canadian will make a big difference to the team. 

Alpine – Recent Investment Could Prove Fruitful 

Big changes have occurred at Alpine in recent months. After securing a $200 million+ investment from a group containing NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes and golfer Rory McIlroy, Alpine is expected to reach new heights in 2024. 

The French team boasts a strong driver lineup of Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, who each have a Grand Prix victory to their name. However, inconsistency from both the drivers and their cars saw Alpine finish sixth in the final standings. 

Next season, the goal for Alpine is to bridge the gap between them and the chasing pack, which comprises all the top F1 teams except Red Bull. With big money behind them, Alpine looks set to challenge for more podiums in 2024. 

What About the Other Four F1 Teams? 

There is no hiding the fact that the gulf between the top six F1 teams and the rest of the field is vast. Alpine (120 points) finished sixth in the standings last season, with Williams (28 points), AlphaTauri (25 points), Alfa Romeo (16 points) and Haas (12 points) mustering just 81 points between them. 

AlphaTauri is set to undergo a name change for 2024, but Red Bull’s sister team will need a lot more than a name change to transform their fortunes. The Alfa Romeo name will also disappear from next season’s grid, with Sauber eventually becoming Audi in 2026. 

The final two F1 teams to discuss are Williams and Haas. Last season, Williams recorded its best finish (seventh) since 2017. Alex Albon picked up all but one of his team’s 28 points in 2023, meaning Logan Sargeant must raise his level next season. 

As for Haas, it is difficult to see how Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg can transform their team’s fortunes in 2024. The American outfit finished rock bottom of the standings last season, so the drivers will be hoping that big mechanical changes are made during the offseason. 

That concludes our look at all the F1 teams ahead of the 2024 campaign. We will be back with more Formula 1 content in due course, including expert predictions and picks when the season begins.