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Formula 1: everything there is to know about the 2023 season that starts this weekend


This Friday the activity will begin in Bahrain, the first of the 23 races of an extensive calendar. Can they avoid Max Verstappen's three-time championship?

14 Sundays passed without

Formula 1

and six more since that October 9 in which

Max Verstappen

was crowned two-time champion in Japan, when there were still four races to go on a calendar of 22, of which the Dutchman won 15.

2022 was

a season of significant and visible technical changes

, such as the 18-inch tires and the "ground effect" that caused the rebound suffered by

Lewis Hamilton

and left


out of contention in the Constructors' Championship after eight years.

What can be expected in 2023?

The budget cap that has been in place for two years means that the cars are an evolution of last year's, so it

is likely that Red Bull will maintain dominance


In an atypical preseason, because before the teams hid their weapons and did not set their best times but now they are limited to three days of practice one week before the start of the championship, the RB19 designed by Adrian Newey was the benchmark in speed -Sergio Pérez was the fastest in the last session-, race pace and reliability.

In addition, Christian Horner's team was one of the most lapped, with 413 laps.

Sergio Pérez had the best time in the preseason tests.


The only drawback for Red Bull could be in

group handling


What the Mexican driver said in the Brazilian GP still resonates, when he was looking to beat

Charles Leclerc

for the runner-up position and said:


If (Verstappen) has two world championships, it's thanks to me." Days after the start in Bahrain , Pérez redoubled:

"It is always important to work as a team and if I see that I do not receive the support when I need it, I will not give it either."


Daniel Ricciardo

as reserve driver, after



Oscar Piastri

over the continuity of the Australian with a contract until the end of the year, and Verstappen as the top figure, Checo knows that this year he will have to perform even more after a 2022 with two wins and another nine podiums but three DNFs.

"I'm in Red Bull, it's the best team in Formula 1 and

it can have the driver it wants

," said the man from Guadalajara on Fox Sports Mexico.

Ricciardo's movement was not the only one 

in the


or in the



Ricciardo, along with Pérez and Verstappen.

AP Photo

Among the 20 starting drivers this season are not

Sebastián Vettel


Mick Schumacher

(imitated the Australian and went from Haas to be a reserve at Mercedes) or

Nicholas Latifi


Those who entered for them (Piastri to McLaren,

Nyck De Vries

to Alpha Tauri,

Nico Hulkenberg

to Haas and

Logan Sargeant

to Williams)

lowered the average age by three years

, which went from 29.5 years to 26.5.

There were also castlings of pilots.

The French

Pierre Gasly

went to form a duo with his compatriot 

Esteban Ocon

in Alpine and occupy the seat vacated by the Spanish

Fernando Alonso

, the great satisfaction of the pre-season



an Aston Martin that excites with fighting in the area average

, with a docile car to drive, which showed speed without degradation.

In the absence of Lance Stroll, due to a bicycle accident, the pilot Felipe Drugovich was in the pre-season tests.

AFP photo

This time the changes also occurred in the


, where

40% of the team managers

were modified

, a very high and unusual movement in F1.

The most resonant is that of


, where

Mattia Binotto

had been blamed

for the performance of a leading team that has not been a champion since 2007


The Italian's place is now taken by Frenchman

Frédéric Vasseur

, who spent the last five seasons at Alfa Romeo.

With the SF-23 lighter and faster on the straights, due to engine and aerodynamic improvements, preseason gave the new crew chief something to worry about: heavy tire degradation


what that can mean. hurt in the race

Charles Leclerc's Ferrari at the Sakhir circuit.

AFP photo

Just in case, Binotto cut himself short and already clarified: "It's a car that was designed last year, when I was at Ferrari.

But it's not my car, it's the Ferrari car


Vasseur, for his part, tried to calm the


and focused on the fact that "the atmosphere in the team is perfect."


Alfa Romeo

, where Valtteri Bottas suffered a Ferrari power unit problem during testing, Vasseur's place went to former McLaren

Andreas Seidl

, who in the English team was replaced by

Andrea Stella


The other change came at


, a rebuilding team since the departure of Claire Williams and the sale to the Dorilton Capital group.

This year, 

Jost Capito

was replaced by

James Vowles

, the great strategist of Mercedes.

For their part, 

Otmar Szafnauer


Guenther Steiner

(Haas) and

Mike Krack

(Aston Martin) remain in their places, in addition to the historic

Toto Wolff

, at Mercedes since 2013,

Christian Horner


Franz Tost

, who will soon be 20 years old. at Red Bull and Alpha Tauri, respectively.

Despite this experience, of the three of them, only English had a good time in Bahrain.


, which already anticipated preparing an upgrade to the W14 in April after the third race,

was one of the losers of the pre-season


Although the 2022 rebound did not appear,

George Russell

had a hydraulic problem on the second day and

Lewis Hamilton

, although he finished with the second fastest overall time, warned that they have

“a mountain to climb”

and must “keep their heads down”.

George Russell suffered the most from Mercedes' reliability problems in Bahrain.

Photo EFE

In Alpha Tauri, although he added the interesting De Vries to accompany the temperamental

Yuki Tsunoda

and was the team that turned the most (456 laps), it is believed that they used less fuel and their reality is at the bottom of the table, where surprisingly they could be


if he does not improve what he showed at the Sakhir circuit, where he barely did 312 laps.

“We haven't taken a step back, we just haven't developed fast enough,” Stella said.

This information is also not enough to risk a result for this Sunday.

Just remember that in 2022, on that same stage, Verstappen was dominating the race when the Red Bull's engine failed and victory went to Leclerc, the championship leader at the start.

There is

a latent curse

too: since 2016, none of the winners of the first Grand Prix have gone on to win the title.

But that's another (superstitious) story.

Date 1 Schedule


8.30 to 9.30 - first practice

12.00 to 13.00 - second practice


8.30 to 9.30 - third practice

12.00 to 13.00 - qualifying


​12.00 - Race


-without cuts- and

Fox Sports

will televise the new season of Formula 1, in addition to the opening acts Formula 2 and Formula 3, where this weekend the Argentine Franco Colapinto will also debut.

look also

George Russell and his premonition about Hamilton before the start of Formula 1: "I think he will fight again"

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Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-03-03

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