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Reliving the Unforgettable Moments from the 2023 Formula 1 Season
The 2023 Formula 1 season was nothing short of spectacular, featuring a record-breaking 23 races, making it the largest calendar in the history of the sport.
Written By:
Victoria Ursino

The 2023 Formula 1 season was nothing short of spectacular, featuring a record-breaking 23 races, making it the largest calendar in the history of the sport. This season showcased the brilliance of champions, the rise of unexpected contenders, and the unpredictability that makes Formula 1 the epitome of motorsport excitement. Join us as we delve into the highlights that made this an unforgettable season.


A Season of Unparalleled Success


The excitement was high as the season kicked off, promising an intense battle between Max Verstappen and his teammate, Sergio Perez, for the Drivers' Championship. However, as the season unfolded, it became the Verstappen show, with the Dutch driver winning an astonishing 19 out of 22 races. Verstappen's record-breaking accomplishment of winning 10 Grand Prix races in a row solidified his status as the undisputed champion. The championship battle reached its pinnacle in Qatar, where Verstappen secured his third title during the sprint race. Despite the usual reliance on teamwork in the Constructors' Championship, Verstappen's dominance was so overwhelming that he could have clinched the title single-handedly. In a season marked by unparalleled success, Red Bull Racing showcased absolute dominance, winning an impressive 21 out of 22 races.


Aston Martin's Surprising Performance:


During Red Bull's dominance, Aston Martin emerged as the season's unexpected standout. The team gained momentum early on, positioning themselves as the closest contenders to Red Bull. A noteworthy achievement was Fernando Alonso's presence on the podium in six out of the initial eight races. Despite a mid-season dip in form, the team successfully regained their pace towards the end of the season.


During Aston Martin's impressive season, controversy swirled around Lance Stroll, whose performance raised eyebrows and fueled heated debates. Throughout the season, Stroll appeared to be a considerable distance away from Alonso, leading to speculation about whether he deserved his seat at Aston Martin.


McLaren’s Resilience and Star Rookie: 


Among the surprises that unfolded throughout the season, McLaren's journey kept fans on the edge of their seats. From early struggles that saw both drivers outside the points, the team showcased resilience and talent. McLaren was the team that improved the most throughout the season, allowing them to secure fourth place in the Constructors' Championship.


Despite spending a year out of the sport before joining McLaren, Oscar Piastri’s performances exceeded expectations, and he showcased his undeniable talent as a rookie. Making waves, he captured everyone's attention with a sprint race win and a podium finish. Further, during the second half of the season, Lando Norris emerged as a contender, challenging Red Bull, Mercedes, and Ferrari. He ended the season in sixth place in the Drivers' Championship, with seven podium finishes. What McLaren achieved this season was not something that could be predicted based on the team’s performance in the initial races.


Sainz Breaking the Streak in Singapore:


Throughout the 2023 Formula 1 season, there was a hope that Verstappen and Red Bull would not be able to win every race. However, race after race, it seemed as though they were unstoppable. To everyone’s surprise, Carlos Sainz delivered one of the most unforgettable moments of the season by clinching victory at the Singapore Grand Prix.


Sainz secured pole position and executed all the necessary strategies to ensure his victory. This included dropping back to provide Norris with a DRS advantage, just as the Mercedes of Russell and Hamilton closed in during the latter part of the race.


This achievement marked a significant moment, as Sainz became the first non-Red Bull driver to win a Grand Prix since the 2022 São Paulo Grand Prix. It also ended Verstappen's 10-race winning streak, which started at the 2023 Miami Grand Prix and Red Bull’s 15-race winning streak since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


Las Vegas GP on the Strip:


The Las Vegas Grand Prix, set on the iconic Strip, delivered a spectacle like no other. However, in typical Formula 1 fashion, it was not without its share of unexpected drama. Free Practice 1 was red-flagged and eventually abandoned after Sainz's car stopped on the track due to hitting a loose drain cover. To address the issue, Free Practice 2 was postponed by two and a half hours. Despite initial skepticism and setbacks, the race emerged as a standout event of the season, highlighting the captivating charm of street circuits.


Austria's Track Limit Saga:


The Austrian Grand Prix became a focal point of controversy due to numerous track limit infringements. During the race, the FIA issued 12 penalties to eight drivers and examined over 1,200 reported instances of cars exceeding track limits. The aftermath of the race saw stewards struggling to decipher the final race results for several hours, sparking a heated debate on the fundamental nature of these restrictions. Opinions were sharply divided on whether the existing track limits or even the track layout itself should be reconsidered.

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As the checkered flag fell on the 2023 Formula 1 season, it left behind a trail of exhilarating moments. From dominant performances, surprising victories, and controversies, the season proved to be a rollercoaster of emotions, showcasing what makes Formula 1 so captivating to fans. Verstappen’s record-breaking performances have ensured that this season will be remembered as a chapter of absolute dominance. The 2023 season stands as a testament to the sport's ability to captivate hearts and minds, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2024 Formula 1 season.

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