In the recently concluded 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing emerged as the champion for the third consecutive year, clinching his title following the Qatar Grand Prix held earlier this month.
Notably, Verstappen shattered two Formula 1 records this season. At the close of the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend, he had amassed 16 wins for the season, surpassing his previous record of 15 set during the last season. Furthermore, he achieved a consecutive win streak of 10 races, breaking the record of nine sequential wins previously held by Sebastian Vettel in 2013, who also drove for Red Bull Racing at the time.
Verstappen’s victory in Mexico marked the 51st of his career, equaling the legendary Alain Prost. Currently, only Sebastian Vettel with 53 wins, Michael Schumacher with 91, and Lewis Hamilton with 103 have more career victories. Given that Verstappen is merely 26 years old, the likelihood of him climbing further up this list is highly plausible.
The combined performances of Verstappen and his teammate, Sergio Perez, also secured the Constructors’ Championship for Red Bull Racing this year, which was confirmed following the Japanese Grand Prix in September.
While Verstappen has been dominant, Perez has had an uneven season. Although he started the season with promise and secured two wins, he experienced several setbacks, including issues during qualifying sessions and race-day incidents. Notably, Perez was involved in a crash in the opening lap of the Mexican Grand Prix.
Aston Martin emerged as a strong contender early in the season, led by their star driver Fernando Alonso. He managed to secure a podium finish six times, taking third place in races in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Miami, and earning second in Monaco and the Netherlands.
Another team that displayed significant improvements was McLaren. Following a series of upgrades, drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri have been consistently performing well in recent races, with multiple podium finishes to their names.
Among rookie drivers, Oscar Piastri of McLaren has been particularly impressive, scoring 83 points and outperforming more seasoned drivers like Pierre Gasly of Alpine and Valtteri Bottas of Alfa Romeo.
Driver Changes and Injuries
AlphaTauri replaced their rookie driver Nyck de Vries in July with the more experienced Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo missed several races due to a wrist injury but made a strong comeback at the United States Grand Prix and performed well in Mexico.
2023 Formula 1 Championship Standings
Drivers’ Championship Standings
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – 491 points
- Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – 240 points
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 220 points
- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari – 183 points
- Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin – 183 points
- Lando Norris, McLaren – 169 points
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – 166 points
- George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 151 points
- Oscar Piastri, McLaren – 87 points
- Pierre Gasly, Alpine – 56 points
Constructors’ Championship Standings
- Red Bull Racing – 731 points
- Mercedes-Benz AMG – 371 points
- Ferrari – 349 points
- McLaren – 256 points
- Aston Martin – 236 points
2023 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
This season has been one of the most competitive and record-breaking years in the history of Formula 1, setting new standards for individual and team performances alike.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2023 Formula 1 Season Analysis
Who won the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship?
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing secured the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship. This marks his third consecutive title win in the series.
How many records did Max Verstappen break in the 2023 season?
Max Verstappen broke two significant Formula 1 records during the 2023 season. He won 16 races, surpassing his previous record of 15 wins set in the last season. Additionally, he achieved 10 consecutive wins, breaking the previous record of nine sequential wins held by Sebastian Vettel in 2013.
Which teams showed significant improvement during the 2023 season?
Aston Martin and McLaren both displayed considerable improvements. Aston Martin, led by Fernando Alonso, secured multiple podium finishes. McLaren also experienced a resurgence, particularly after upgrades, with drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri showing strong performances.
How did Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen’s teammate, perform during the season?
Sergio Perez had an uneven performance throughout the season. Despite securing two wins, he faced challenges such as inconsistent qualifying performances and race-day mishaps, including a crash in the Mexican Grand Prix.
What milestones did Max Verstappen achieve in terms of career wins?
Max Verstappen’s victory in Mexico was the 51st of his career, which equals the career total set by Alain Prost. He is now behind only Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, and Lewis Hamilton in terms of total career wins.
Who were the standout rookie drivers of the 2023 season?
Oscar Piastri of McLaren was the standout rookie, scoring 83 points and outperforming several more experienced drivers.
What were the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship standings for 2023?
Max Verstappen led the Drivers’ Championship with 491 points, followed by his teammate Sergio Perez with 240 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing dominated with 731 points, significantly ahead of Mercedes-Benz AMG with 371 points.
Were there any driver changes or injuries during the 2023 season?
Yes, AlphaTauri replaced rookie driver Nyck de Vries with the more experienced Daniel Ricciardo in July. Ricciardo missed several races due to a wrist injury but made a strong comeback at the United States Grand Prix.
Who were the surprise teams of the 2023 Formula 1 season?
Aston Martin and McLaren were the surprise teams of the season. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso had multiple podium finishes, and McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri also showed strong performances after a series of upgrades to their cars.
How many races are yet to be determined in the 2023 season?
As of the information available, three races are still to be held: the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Las Vegas Grand Prix, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
More about 2023 Formula 1 Season Analysis
- Official Formula 1 Website
- Max Verstappen’s Career Stats
- 2023 Season Updates
- Red Bull Racing Team Profile
- Sergio Perez’s 2023 Season Performance
- McLaren F1 Team News
- Aston Martin F1 Team News
- Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship Standings
- Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship Standings
- Daniel Ricciardo’s 2023 Season
- Oscar Piastri’s Rookie Season
- F1 Records and Statistics
- Fernando Alonso’s 2023 Season Performance
- Overview of the 2023 Formula 1 Calendar