Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

The 2023 Formula 1 World Championship concluded on Sunday with the running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the results this season could be seen as epic given the strong performance of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, or a complete farce given the lack of competition served up by other teams.

Verstappen took home the 2023 title following the Qatar Grand Prix in October, meaning the Dutch youngster has now won three titles in a row. And his win in Abu Dhabi was the 54th of his career. Only Michael Schumacher (91) and Lewis Hamilton (103) are ahead of him, and considering Verstappen is just 26 years old, he has plenty of time to grow his tally.

Impressively, he also set two F1 records. He managed 19 wins this season, which is a new record for F1. The previous record of 15 wins was set last season, also by Verstappen. The Red Bull driver also set a record for consecutive wins in a season this year by amassing 10-straight wins, beating the previous record of nine set by Sebastian Vettel in 2013, also driving for Red Bull.

Red Bull also set a record for points won by a team in a season, with its tally coming in at 860. There was only one race where a Red Bull driver wasn’t on top, in this case September’s Singapore Grand Prix which was won by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Such domination hasn’t been since 1988, when McLaren won all but one race, thanks to drivers Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

However, unlike the 1988 season where both of McLaren’s drivers were regularly winning, Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, only managed two wins. He delivered an inconsistent performance, though he still managed to secure second in the Drivers’ standings. Although showing potential early on, including registering his two wins in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, Perez was hampered in multiple rounds by mishaps during qualifying and some crashes on race day, including at his home race, the Mexican Grand Prix, where he crashed out on the opening lap.

Aston Martin was a big surprise early in the season. Star driver Fernando Alonso delivered decent results throughout the season, having managed to finish on the podium seven times. He took third in each of the races run in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Miami, and Brazil, and second in Monaco and the Netherlands.

McLaren was another surprise. It enjoyed a huge resurgence in performance starting in the summer. After failing to make headway in the first half of the season, McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri were near the front of the pack in recent races and made the podium on multiple occasions.

Piastri was the most successful of this season’s rookie drivers. He scored 97 points, putting him ahead of some more experienced drivers, such as Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, and Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas. The other rookies were Williams’ Logan Sargeant and AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries, though de Vries was dropped in July when AlphaTauri replaced him with more experienced driver Daniel Ricciardo for the remainder of the season. Ricciardo missed a number of races due to a wrist injury suffered during a practice session crash. He was replaced by reserve driver Liam Lawson, who impressed in each outing, including scoring some points. However, Ricciardo returned to the grid at the United States Grand Prix in October.

The end of the season marks the depature of Alfa Romeo from F1 for a third time. The automaker competed in F1 in the sport’s early days, including winning the first two seasons. It also competed with less success during the early 1980s. For its latest stint, Alfa Romeo was represented by Swiss team Sauber which will compete under its own name in the coming seasons but swap to Audi in 2026, when it becomes the automaker’s official factory team.

Below are the 2023 F1 Drivers’ Championship standings:

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – 575 points
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – 285 points
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 234 points
4) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin – 206 points
5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – 206 points
6) Lando Norris, McLaren – 205 points
7) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari – 200 points
8) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 175 points
9) Oscar Piastri, McLaren – 97 points
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – 74 points
11) Pierre Gasly, Alpine – 62 points
12) Esteban Ocon, Alpine – 58 points
13) Alexander Albon, Williams – 27 points
14) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri – 17 points
15) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo – 10 points
16) Nico Hulkenberg, Haas – 9 points
17) Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri – 6 points
18) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo – 6 points
19) Kevin Magnussen, Haas – 3 points
20) Liam Lawson, AlphaTauri – 2 points
21) Logan Sargeant, Williams – 1 point
22) Nyck De Vries, AlphaTauri – 0 points

Below are the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship standings:

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

Below are the 2023 F1 season race winners:

Bahrain Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing
Australian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing
Miami Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Canceled
Monaco Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Spanish Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Canadian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Austrian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
British Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Hungarian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Belgian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Dutch Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Italian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Singapore Grand Prix – Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
Japanese Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Qatar Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
United States Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Mexican Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Brazilian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Las Vegas Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

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