From Broken Records to Breakneck Racing: A Year of Thrills and Spills

The 2023 season of Formula One will be remembered for various reasons – including the tension between the FIA and Liberty Media, memorable races such as Las Vegas, and the resurgence of teams at the top of the grid. However, most notably, it will be remembered for witnessing one of the greatest individual performances from a driver in a single season.

With 19 wins out of 22 races and a record-breaking 1000 laps led, Max Verstappen established himself as one of F1’s all-time greats. His dominance was evident as he secured a third straight title with a staggering 290-point lead over his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.

Much of Verstappen’s success can be attributed to his exceptional driving skills, rather than just the capabilities of his car. The disappointing performance of Perez, who struggled to make an impact and faced uncertainty about his future with the team, further emphasizes Verstappen’s remarkable achievements.

The Red Bull team’s dominance also overshadowed Mercedes’ ongoing car deficiencies and Ferrari’s lack of operational sharpness. While Red Bull emerged as the clear frontrunner, other teams such as McLaren and Aston Martin experienced varying degrees of success and setbacks throughout the season.

Despite a winless year, Lewis Hamilton’s consistent podium finishes and Mercedes’ determination to improve their performance were notable highlights. McLaren and Aston Martin also had their moments, with McLaren’s Lando Norris claiming several podiums and a standout rookie performance from Oscar Piastri.

However, the season was not without its challenges. Alpine’s internal conflicts and underwhelming performances, as well as the struggles of teams like Alfa Romeo and Haas, highlighted the competitive nature of F1. Despite Red Bull’s dominance, the season brought much discussion and intrigue, leaving fans eager for the next racing season.