Formula One 2023 season preview: Everything you need to know

Formula One 2023 season preview: Everything you need to know

The 2023 Formula 1 season is upon us, so with the first race weekend in Bahrain fast approaching, a preview is in order. New drivers and old drivers moving teams mean there are plenty of grid changes this season, and while the usual pecking order of the teams is unlikely to change dramatically, pre-season testing has shown some signs of what is to come. Revealed some possible storylines for.

With that, let’s dive straight into every hot topic we know about the 2023 season.

Red Bull is still on top … for now

Formula One F1 - Pre-Season Testing - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain - February 23, 2023 Red Bull

Red Bull and Max Verstappen walked away with both the Drivers’ Championship and the Constructors’ Championship last season – with the help of Sergio Pérez – so it’s no surprise that Red Bull are still favorites to win this season. The 2022 F1 season saw all-new cars with a new design which caused a major shock in the running order, pushing Mercedes down the order and catapulting Ferrari and Red Bull to the top.

Pre-season testing revealed many things for 2023, but it is safe to say that Red Bull is still the one to beat going into the first race weekend. How Red Bull’s performance progresses as the season progresses still remains to be seen. Being the previous season’s champions, Red Bull were automatically given less wind tunnel time for this season’s development. Plus, the penalty for breaching the 2021 cost cap will cause Red Bull to spend even more time wind tunnel testing. Ferrari are close on the heels of Red Bull, so there could be a battle for the top all season long.

Could Aston Martin Have A Breakout Season?

Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives his car during the Formula One pre season test at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain on Friday, February 24, 2023.  (AP Photo/Frank Augustine)

The biggest surprise of pre-season testing was Aston Martin’s pace. Fernando Alonso joined Aston this year, leaving behind Alpine and Otmar Szafner he believes has a better chance of being near the top. After testing ended, Alonso’s pace in race distance testing painted the Aston’s performance in a very pleasing spot. The real question will be where Aston finds itself on race weekend. Mercedes are still expected to be at least the third best team on the grid, but if Aston Martin finds something special with their 2023 car, Mercedes may have more problems than initially thought.

Despite all the good news for Aston recently, Lance Stroll is still doubtful after a cycling accident.

Bad start for Mercedes and McLaren

McLaren driver Lando Norris of Britain and McLaren driver Oscar Piastri of Australia wait for the start of the Formula One pre-season test at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, February 23, 2023.  (AP Photo/Frank Augustine)

The two teams that disappointed the most in pre-season testing were Mercedes and McLaren. Mercedes’ driver lineup with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell remains the same for 2023, but a number of technical issues limited the amount of Mercedes’ testing, and the car still lacked the performance of top runners such as Red Bull and Ferrari .

McLaren also had reliability problems, which led to the lowest number of miles driven in Bahrain. Lando Norris and Oscar Piatri (making their F1 debut) will have their work cut out for them when racing resumes, as low verification miles coupled with respective performances could put McLaren on the backfoot to start the year.

What about American?

Logan Sargent before first practice ahead of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 18, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Jakub Porazki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)BAHRAIN - Logan Sargent (Williams) during the second day of testing at Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the start of the Formula 1 season.  ANP SEM VAN DER WAL (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

Yes, once again an American driver has made it to Formula 1. Logan Sargent will become the first American driver in almost 8 years to take a place on the grid. Alexander Rossi was the last American to race in F1, and before him, there was Scott Speed ​​who was fired in the 2007 season. Needless to say, American drivers haven’t done well in F1 so far this century. Sargent will race for Williams this year, and while he won’t be competing for wins, Williams didn’t look half bad in pre-season testing. In his first season on the grid, Sargent will have more home races than any other driver as F1 comes to Miami, Austin and Las Vegas in 2023.

las vegas seems like a farce

November 5, 2022;  Las Vegas, Nevada, USA;  George Russell, driver of Mercedes-AMG Petronas, drives on track during the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix launch party at the Las Vegas Strip.  Mandatory credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports

Formula 1 has made the new race in Las Vegas for 2023 a much-hyped spectacle. The series brought cars, drivers and teams to shoot promotional videos in the off-season, and a ton of online marketing saw F1 highlight Vegas. The Street Circuit will see F1 cars hitting the infamous Las Vegas Strip and zipping by derelict hotels. It would also be the only race on the calendar held on a Saturday rather than a Sunday, breaking tradition. News also keeps circulating of it being the most expensive ticket on the race calendar in 2023, which seems only fitting for a city where everyone goes to lose money.

it’s going to be a long season

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - FEBRUARY 25: (LR) Pierre Gasly and Alpine F1 of France, Max Verstappen and Oracle Red Bull Racing of the Netherlands, Charles Leclerc and Ferrari of Monaco, Zhou Guanyu and Alfa Romeo F1 of China and Logan Sargent of the United States and Williams attend the Drivers' Press Conference on the third day of F1 testing at Bahrain International Circuit on February 25, 2023 in Bahrain, Bahrain.  (Photo by Peter Fox / Getty Images)

With 23 races on the schedule this year, the 2023 F1 season promises to be F1’s longest ever. It is set to kick off at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 26th November where we can expect to see a battle for the championship just like the dramatic end to the 2021 F1 season. With all that said, below you will find a schedule of events coming this year. Set your alarm or get recording, because great racing is just about to come.

March 5 – Bahrain Grand Prix

March 19 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

April 2 – Australian Grand Prix

April 30 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix

May 7 – Miami Grand Prix

May 21 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

May 28 – Monaco Grand Prix

June 4 – Spanish Grand Prix

June 18 – Canadian Grand Prix

2 July – Austrian Grand Prix

9 July – British Grand Prix

23 July – Hungarian Grand Prix

July 30 – Belgian Grand Prix

27 August – Dutch Grand Prix

September 3 – Italian Grand Prix

17 September – Singapore Grand Prix

September 24 – Japanese Grand Prix

October 8 – Qatar Grand Prix

October 22 – US Grand Prix

October 29 – Mexican Grand Prix

November 5 – Brazilian Grand Prix

November 18 – Las Vegas Grand Prix

26 November – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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