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The Pit Straight: Who Will Be the Next New World Champion?

In their triumphant return to the world of podcasting, Jack Swansey and Alex Gintz break the offseason silence, debut a new format for Frontstretch‘s open-wheel racing show, and set out to answer a difficult question: of the 17 drivers on the 2023 F1 grid who haven’t won the World Drivers’ Championship, who is going to win it first?

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Gintz and Swansey evaluate George Russell, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris‘ chances at championship glory amid the ever-changing landscape of F1 team politics, the crushing dominance of Max Verstappen at Red Bull Racing in 2022, and the inevitable retirement of seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Pit Straight (formerly Open Wheel Open Mic) will be released bi-weekly on Tuesdays in 2023 and is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and right here on Frontstretch.

About the author

Jack Swansey primarily covers open-wheel racing for Frontstretch and co-hosts The Pit Straight Podcast, but you can also catch him writing about NASCAR, sports cars, and anything else with four wheels and a motor. Originally from North Carolina and now residing in Los Angeles, he joined the site as Sunday news writer midway through 2022 and is an avid collector (some would say hoarder) of die-cast cars.

Alex is the IndyCar Content Director at Frontstretch, having initially joined as an entry-level contributor in 2021. He also serves as Managing Director of The Asia Cable, a publication focused on the international affairs and politics of the Asia-Pacific region which he co-founded in 2023. With previous experience in China, Japan and Poland, Alex is particularly passionate about the international realm of motorsport and the politics that make the wheels turn - literally - behind the scenes.

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