2023 F1 standings: Verstappen delivers record-breaking season
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen took home the title in the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship following the Qatar Grand Prix in October, meaning the Dutch youngster has now won three titles in a row.
Impressively, he has also set not one but two F1 records this season. With the conclusion of the past weekend’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, he’s won 18 races this season, beating his own record of 15 last season. He also managed to rack up 10 wins in a row this season, beating the previous record of nine set by Sebastian Vettel in 2013, also driving for Red Bull.
Verstappen’s win in Las Vegas was the 53nd of his career, equalling the tally set by Vettel. Only Michael Schumacher (91) and Lewis Hamilton (103) are ahead of him, and considering Verstappen is just 26 years old, he has plenty of time to grow his tally.
Verstappen’s massive tally of wins, plus the efforts of teammate Sergio Perez, means Red Bull Racing has also taken home the 2023 Constructors’ title. Red Bull claimed the title in September following the Japanese Grand Prix.
Perez wasn’t able to dominate the rest of the field together with Verstappen. He has delivered an inconsistent performance this season, though he has managed to secure second in the Drivers’ standings. Although showing potential early on, including winning two races, Perez has been hampered in multiple rounds by mishaps during qualifying and some crashes on race day, including at his home race, the Mexican Grand Prix, where he crashed out on the opening lap.
Aston Martin was a big surprise early in the season. Star driver Fernando Alonso has delivered decent results throughout the season, having managed to finish on the podium seven times. He has taken third in each of the races run in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Miami, and Brazil, and second in Monaco and the Netherlands.
McLaren was another surprise. It enjoyed a huge resurgence in performance starting in the summer. After failing to make headway in the first half of the season, its drivers, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, have been near the front of the pack in recent races and have made the podium on multiple occasions.
Piastri has been the most successful of this season’s rookie drivers. He has scored 89 points, putting him ahead of some more experienced drivers, such as Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon and Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas. The other rookies are Williams’ Logan Sargeant and AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries, though de Vries is no longer in F1 as AlphaTauri replaced him in July with more experienced driver Daniel Ricciardo for the remainder of the season. Ricciardo missed a number of races due to a wrist injury suffered during a practice session crash. He was replaced by reserve driver Liam Lawson, who impressed in each outing, including scoring some points. However, Ricciardo returned to the grid at the United States Grand Prix in October.
The season is set to conclude this weekend with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Below are the 2023 F1 Drivers’ Championship standings:
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – 549 points 2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – 273 points 3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 232 points 4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari – 200 points 5) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin – 200 points 6) Lando Norris, McLaren – 195 points 7) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – 188 points 8) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 160 points 9) Oscar Piastri, McLaren – 89 points 10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – 73 points 11) Pierre Gasly, Alpine – 62 points 12) Esteban Ocon, Alpine – 58 points 13) Alexander Albon, Williams – 27 points 14) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri – 13 points 15) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo – 10 points 16) Nico Hulkenberg, Haas – 9 points 17) Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri – 6 points 18) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo – 6 points 19) Kevin Magnussen, Haas – 3 points 20) Liam Lawson, AlphaTauri – 2 points 21) Logan Sargeant, Williams – 1 point 22) Nyck De Vries, AlphaTauri – 0 points
Below are the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship standings:
1) Red Bull Racing – 822 points 2) Mercedes-Benz AMG – 392 points 3) Ferrari – 388 points 4) McLaren – 284 points 5) Aston Martin – 273 points 6) Alpine – 120 points 7) Williams – 28 points 8) AlphaTauri – 21 points 9) Alfa Romeo – 16 points 10) Haas – 12 points