A record number of races and a first to be held on the famed Las Vegas Strip– the 2023 F1 season is set to make heads turn. With the Bahrain Grand Prix starting off the season on Sunday, The Telegraph takes a look at what the year on the track promises this time.
The Vegas touch
This season was supposed to feature a record 24 races, but the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix has lowered that to 23. While F1 races have seen many iconic venues, 2023 will see the penultimate race being held in Las Vegas on November 18.
The night race will be held on the world-famous strip, with F1 building a four-story, 300-square-foot paddock in the city.
Twenty-five-year-old Dutch Max Verstappen looks set to add to his 2021, 2022 titles. The Red Bull driver had clinched his second F1 title in the most dominant fashion, with four races remaining, last year.
Verstappen is the youngest points-scorer and youngest race winner in F1. And in 2022, he set two new records– most race wins in a single season (15) and most points in a single season (454).
The first name that comes to mind is that of “home” challenge Sergio Perez. The 33-year-old teammate of Verstappen finished third in 2022. He is equipped with the same machinery as the world champion.
Then there is Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The 25-year-old finished second to Verstappen in 2022. The poster boy of F1’s most famous team, Leclerc is perhaps Ferrari’s best bet to regain their supremacy. But no one can ever write off Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton. Though he finished sixth in 2022 and did not win a race last year, the seven-time Formula One champion remains one of the top draws.
- Haas have introduced a three-seater pitwall perch, replacing the one with six or more people, which will save them $250,000. They wish to use that amount for the development of the car and team.
- After Zhou Guanyu’s crash at the 2022 British Grand Prix, a rounded top will now be required on the roll hoop, which will reduce the chance of it digging into the ground during an accident.
- The size of the side-mirrors will be increased to improve rear visibility.
- With the intention of making tyre usage more sustainable, F1 will trial a reduction in allocated tyre sets from 13 to 11 at two races in 2023.
- The FIA’s International Sporting Code (ISC) was updated to include stricter controls on drivers and teams making “political, religious and personal statements”.
Mar 5: Bahrain Grand Prix
Mar 19: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Apr 2: Australian Grand Prix
Apr 30: Azerbaijan Grand Prix
May 7: Miami Grand Prix
May 21: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
May 28: Monaco Grand Prix
Jun 4: Spanish Grand Prix
Jun 18: Canadian Grand Prix
Jul 2: Austrian Grand Prix
Jul 9: British Grand Prix
Jul 23: Hungarian Grand Prix
Jul 30: Belgian Grand Prix
Aug 27: Dutch Grand Prix
Sep 3: Italian Grand Prix
Sep 17: Singapore Grand Prix
Sep 24: Japanese Grand Prix
Oct 8: Qatar Grand Prix
Oct 22: U.S. Grand Prix
Oct 29: Mexican Grand Prix
Nov 5: Brazilian Grand Prix
Nov 18: Las Vegas Grand Prix
Nov 26: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix