The Formula 1 season began in Bahrain in March and will close in Abu Dhabi on November 26th. The 2023 season is an exciting one for F1 fans, with a new race in Las Vegas and a return to Qatar after a year off due to the football World Cup.
Spanish Grand Prix
A Formula 1 race weekend in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital, is always a fantastic treat. With a fusion of culture, heritage and architecture, the city is packed full of exciting things to do before or after the race.
With demand for tickets expected to be high, it’s essential that you secure yours early. For decades, the city of Montreal has hosted the annual Canadian Grand Prix. Located on an island in the St Lawrence River, the track has an unrivalled setting and sells out every year. Known as the Wall of Champions, this short, high-speed circuit has been home to many victories by drivers across the years. The circuit also holds the record for the longest ever Formula 1 race, as Jenson Button faced red flags and dry-wet conditions during his victory in 2011.
Late on in the race, confusion ensued as the safety car and a second red flag appeared – debris from Kevin Magnussen’s Haas had spread over the racing line after he had driven into a wall. Fernando Alonso, despite finding himself in a spin with two laps to go, was third. That was because FIA regulations deemed that the final finishing positions be taken from the last restart, with the final lap competed behind a processional safety car. Despite running ninth when the first-lap safety car was deployed, Ocon was brought into the pits with the subsequent red flag complicating his race. But he’d battled up to 10th with some good passes along the way when the race was stopped a second time. Max Verstappen earned his first Australian Grand Prix pole position after qualifying was completed on Saturday.
It is the first time Red Bull will start in first place since 2013 with Sebastian Vettel. Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Pérez, who is coming off a win at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, will start at the back of the grid after a lockup in Q1 sent him swerving off the track and ending his day in the gravel. Verstappen was pleased to clinch victory but queried the decision by stewards to issue a red flag after a crash on lap 55 of the 58-lap race instead of deploying a safety car. The Ferrari driver clipped Alonso during the second red flag restart, resulting in the race stewards handing him a five-second time penalty. Despite the blow of the early red flag costing him having made a pitstop when the safety car was deployed, Sainz did a good job to climb efficiently from 11th to fourth. Then came his mistake at the final standing restart, clouting Alonso and earning him a five-second penalty that cost him eight places.
There will be just one pre-season test in 2023, in Bahrain – the venue for the opening race – from February 23 to 25. Aston Martin may mount a challenge to the top three with two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso now in its lineup. The Dutchman spoke to Sky Sports before the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and said the car is better “everywhere” than 2022. The 2023 Formula One season is expected to belong to Red Bull and Max Verstappen. Note – the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for April, will now not take place due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 situation. Formula 1 is assessing alternative options to replace the slot on the 2023 calendar and will provide an update on this in due course.
Bottas’ teammate Zhou Guanyu and Williams driver Logan Sargeant will now make up the newly-formed back row of the grid for this afternoon’s race. The race stewards have announced that the restart procedure is under investigation, as we wait to see how this race will end. This is because the cars did not complete the first sector of the track from the second restart, meaning the FIA could not determine an accurate new order. The driver order for the final lap is Verstappen, Hamilton, Alonso, Sainz, Stroll, Perez, Norris, Hülkenberg, Piastri, Guanyu, Tsunoda, and Bottas.
Verstappen won 15 races in 2022, and he has the potential to be that dominant again in 2023 with a strong Red Bull car underneath him. “The presence of 24 races on the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is further evidence of the growth and appeal of the sport on a global scale,” added FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. The traditional summer break will remain in August, though changes to race dates see Belgium move to the end of July as a back-to-back with Hungary, while the Netherlands is twinned with Italy after the restart. The Trump team could still appeal the executive privilege ruling from Boasberg. “Having vindicated that principle of the Constitution, Vice President Pence will not appeal the judge’s ruling and will comply with the subpoena as required by law,” Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement Wednesday.