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The 2023 Formula One season (ME) was the 12th Formula One championship contested over 16 circuits in as many countries.

Calendar Edit

Round Name Date L? Conditions
1 Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 31, 2013
L
Dry
2 Flag of Germany German Grand Prix at Nurburg August 1, 2013
L
Dry qualifying, wet race
3 Flag of Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix August 5, 2013
L
Dry
4 Flag of Egypt Egyptian Grand Prix
L
Dry
5 Flag of South Africa South African Grand Prix August 6, 2013
L
Dry
6 Flag of Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix
L
Dry
7 Flag of the United States United States Grand Prix at New Jersey August 7, 2013
L
Dry
8 Flag of Monaco Monaco Grand Prix August 8, 2013
L
Dry
9 Flag of Spain Spanish Grand Prix at Valencia
L
Dry
10 Flag of Belgium Belgian Grand Prix August 9, 2013
L
Dry-wet qualifying, dry race
11 Flag of Italy Italian Grand Prix August 10, 2013
L
Dry
12 Flag of Russia Russian Grand Prix August 11, 2013
L
Dry
13 Flag of Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
L
Dry
14 Flag of South Korea Korean Grand Prix
L
Dry
15 Flag of Japan Japanese Grand Prix August 12, 2013
L
Dry
16 Flag of Australia Australian Grand Prix
L
Dry

Signed team and drivers Edit

Team name Constructor Engine No. Driver Rds Test drivers
Flag of the United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams-Mercedes Flag of Germany Mercedes 1 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg All Flag of France Philip Le Caster
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton All
Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Flag of Italy Ferrari 3 Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne All Flag of the United Kingdom Paul di Resta
4 Flag of the United States Tiger Abraham All
Flag of Italy Scuderia Minardi Minardi–Toyota Flag of Japan Toyota 5 Flag of India Anupam Darzi All Flag of the United States Royal Beck
6 Flag of Portugal Anselmo Rosario All
Flag of the United Kingdom Red Bull Red Bull-Peugeot Flag of France Peugeot 7 Flag of China Ma Quinghua All Flag of Finland Kimi Raikkonen
8 Flag of Canada Jarod Wells All
Flag of the United Kingdom BAE McLaren Cosworth McLaren–Cosworth Flag of the United States Cosworth 9 Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa All Flag of France Darnell Salvage
10 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne All
Flag of Europe Team EADS European Racing EADS–Mercedes Flag of Germany Mercedes 11 Flag of Canada Bernard Babineaux All Flag of France Guatier Faure
12 Flag of France Guatier Faure All
Flag of the United States Haas F1 Team Haas-BWM Flag of Germany BWM 14 Flag of Mexico Carlos Perez All Flag of France Roy Squichernyd
15 Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde All
Flag of France Renault Works Team Renault Flag of France Renault 16 Flag of Brazil Fabiano Cruz All Flag of Chile Rosendo Escarra
17 Flag of Indonesia Raja Harta All
Peugeot Anicom Peugeot Formula 1 Peugeot F1 Team Flag of France Peugeot 18 Flag of Germany Timo Glock All Flag of Argentina Edelmiro Espinosa
Flag of Japan Kyou Mori
19 Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson All
VW F1 Team Flag of Germany Mercedes 21 All Flag of the United States Kelsey Martinson
Flag of the United Kingdom Luther Kendall
22 Flag of Brazil Felipe Nasr All
Flag of South Korea Posoco Hyundai Team Hyundai–Renault Flag of France Renault 22 Flag of France Romain Grosjean All File:Flag of .svgJapanFlag of JapanKytoto Matoshi
23 Flag of France Cyrille Paquet

Flag of JapanKytoto Matoshi

1-5

6-16

Changes Edit

Team Edit

  • Hyundai: Honda → Renault engines. Related to their French driver lineup and recent poor performance with the Honda engine. A 3-year deal was signed, which will end in time for the 2026 season.
  • Caterham: Caterham F1 Team → Caterham Ford F1 Team
  • Honda resigns with McLaren and Minardi. The duo both have 8-year deals with the Japanese engine manufacturer (expires for the 2031 season).
  • Ford resigns with Lotus and Caterham, both for four years (expires for the 2027 season).
  • BAE signs a deal to further their title sponsorship of McLaren until the 2027 season.

Driver Edit

  • Kimi Raikkonen: Lotus full driver → test driver. Raikkonen first announced his retirement during the 2021 season, though he later decided to become a test driver for his team, who have given him two championships.
  • Ma Quinghua: Ferrari → Lotus.
  • Tiger Abraham: Ferrari test driver → full driver.
  • Guatier Faure: EADS test driver → full driver.
  • Jean-Eric Vergne: EADS → Ferrari.
  • Timo Glock: Ferrari → Toyota.
  • Gorou Kurosawa: Toyota → Sauber.
  • Bernard Babineaux: Sauber → EADS.
  • Paul di Resta: Sauber full driver → Ferrari test driver.
  • Raja Harta: Renault test driver → full driver.
  • Marcus Ericsson: Renault → Toyota. Despite having signed a one-year contract with Renault during the season, when the last Toyota seat became available, Ericsson jumped at the chance to leave Renault, who were struggling for points. It meant the re-uniting of the 20122016 seasons' Marussia team with Timo Glock, though with different personnel and a different team owner.
  • Zeke Porter: Toyota full driver → retirement. Toyota always planned to get rid of Marussia's driver line up eventually, but contractual obligations prevented them from doing so until now.

Calendar reshuffle Edit

The 2023 season also saw a major reorganization of the three-cycle calendar put in place for the 2018 season. It kept the traditional system of categorizing rounds in to "jewel" Grands Prix, which featured the same or similar Grands Prix each year, and "feature" Grands Prix, which were less prominent Grands Prix only occurring once every three years. The jewel-to-feature ratio changed from 7:9 to 10:6; the United States Grands Prix were grouped together, and, due to their relative geographical locality, the Spanish with the Portugese and the German with the Austrian.

Additionally, the opening and closing rounds alternate year-to-year, with the mid-season being relatively similar each year.

The 2023 season remained a cycle three calendar, with the following season following suite and being a cycle three.

Round Type Cycle one Cycle two Cycle three
1 Jewel Flag of Brazil Brazil Flag of Australia Australia Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
2 Flag of the United States United States Flag of Japan Japan Flag of Germany Germany
3 Feature Flag of Canada Canada Flag of Thailand Thailand Flag of Hungary Hungary
4 Flag of China China Flag of India India Flag of Egypt Egypt
5 Flag of Singapore Singapore Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Flag of South Africa South Africa
6 Jewel Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag of Brazil Brazil
7 Flag of Germany Germany Flag of Austria Austria Flag of the United States United States
8 Flag of Monaco Monaco Flag of Monaco Monaco Flag of Monaco Monaco
9 Flag of Spain Spain Flag of Portugal Portugal Flag of Spain Spain
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Flag of Belgium Belgium Flag of Belgium Belgium
11 Flag of Italy Italy Flag of Italy Italy Flag of Italy Italy
12 Feature Flag of France France Flag of San Marino San Marino Flag of Russia Russia
13 Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Turkey Turkey Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
14 Flag of the United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Flag of Mexico Mexico Flag of South Korea Korea
15 Jewel Flag of Australia Australia Flag of the United States United States Flag of Japan Japan
16 Flag of Japan Japan Flag of Brazil Brazil Flag of Australia Australia

Some Grands Prix would change circuit each year: During cycle one, the United States would be held at Austin, the Spanish at Catalunya, and the German at Hockenheim; cycle two would see the United States host at Indianapolis; and in cycle three, the United States Grand Prix would be at New Jersey, the Spanish at Valencia, and the German at the Nurburgring.

Report Edit

The pre-season saw a moderate change in the regulations, with the intention of decreasing reliability and bunching the frontrunning teams together, after record lows during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The amount of retirements between the first and eighth rounds of the 2013 championship was larger than the whole of 2022. Additionally, the calendar was reshuffled.

The season started dreadfully for Williams, with only 27 points scored by the half way point. Ferrari and Lotus dominated the first three rounds, scoring 8 of the possible 9 podium positions. Tarou Wakahisa went on to dominate the following four rounds, minus a lull for the South African round, with American team mate Tiger Abraham only scoring two podiums. Toyota-engined cars then dominated the field after discovering a loophole in the engine regulations as a result of the pre-season changes. Sauber scored an astonishing 4 podiums, including a single victory, in the following two rounds, and scored almost triple their nearest competitor in those rounds: 73 compared to Hyundai's 25. Toyota struggled to capitalize on their superiority, only scoring two fourth places despite a 1-3 qualifying result for Valencia. Hyundai scored their first points of the season with a win at the Monaco Grand Prix, the nature of the track helping their cause greatly. All the time, Lotus and Ferrari were dropping off the pace.

Belgium saw one of the biggest mid-season comebacks in Formula One history. Williams over doubled their points tally with a 1-2 finish from pole position (although Lewis Hamilton stole it from team mate and defending champion Nico Rosberg). BMW scored a 1-2-3, and Toyota dropped off the pace significantly. Most engine manufacturers had now begun exploiting the loophole, with BMW clearly being the quickest and most efficient to do so. It was now a monumental climb for BMW and Williams back to the top of the standings. A strong follow-up performance at Italy saw BMW go from last to two points off second in the engine's championship and Hamilton rise from 11th to 5th in the driver's.

Toyota-powered teams and McLaren found some form for the Russian and Malaysian rounds, while Williams lost some. The former pair scored 4 of the 6 available podium spots, and despite a double retirement for the Toyota works team in Russia, Timo Glock went on to score his first victory for the Banbury-based team from fifth in the Malaysian round. The pre-season target of more retirements was starting to work now, with minor mid-season regulation changes and the increased engine development, thanks to the loophole, playing a large role. All the while, Lotus and Ford were being closed up by Ferrari/McLaren and BMW, respectively.

Results and standings Edit

See also: Results sheet
Rd Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning Championship leaders
driver constructor engine Driver Lead Constructor Lead Engine Lead
1 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of Canada Jarod Wells Flag of Canada Jarod Wells Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus Flag of the United States Ford Flag of Canada Jarod Wells 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus 21 Flag of the United States Ford 20
2 Flag of Germany Germany Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of Indonesia Raja Harta Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of Italy Ferrari Flag of Italy Ferrari Flag of France Jean-Eric Vernge 7 6 6
3 Flag of Hungary Hungary Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of China Ma Quinghua Flag of China Ma Quinghua Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus Flag of the United States Ford Flag of China Ma Quinghua 3 22 23
4 Flag of Egypt Egypt Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of France Renault Flag of Japan Honda 13 29 30
5 Flag of South Africa South Africa Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus Flag of the United States Ford 3 37 52
6 Flag of Brazil Brazil Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren Flag of Japan Honda Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne 7 29 44
7 Flag of the United States United States Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren Flag of Japan Honda Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa 9 26 41
8 Flag of Monaco Monaco Flag of Japan Gorou Kurosawa Flag of France Cyrille Paquet Flag of France Cyrille Paquet Flag of Switzerland Sauber Flag of Japan Toyota 17 17 32
9 Flag of Spain Spain Flag of Germany Timo Glock Flag of Switzerland Sauber Flag of Japan Toyota 13 11 25
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Flag of the United Kingdom Williams Flag of Germany BMW 12 21 39
11 Flag of Italy Italy Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Flag of the United Kingdom Williams Flag of Germany BMW 0 16 52
12 Flag of Russia Russia Flag of Indonesia Raja Harta Flag of Switzerland Sauber Flag of Germany BMW 18 22 21
13 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia Flag of Indonesia Raja Harta Flag of Germany Timo Glock Flag of Japan Toyota Flag of Japan Toyota 32 10 3
14 Flag of South Korea Korea Flag of France Romain Grosjean Flag of France Romain Grosjean Flag of South Korea Hyundai Flag of France Renault 34 Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren 0 Flag of Germany BMW 14
15 Flag of Japan Japan Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Flag of Switzerland Sauber Flag of Japan Toyota 23 Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus 6 Flag of Japan Toyota 0
16 Flag of Australia Australia Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Flag of the United States Tiger Abraham Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne Flag of Italy Ferrari Flag of Germany BMW 23 12 Flag of Germany BMW 29

Final standings Edit

Driver Constructor Engine
1 Flag of Japan Tarou Wakahisa (McLaren) 1 Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus–Ford 1 Flag of Germany BMW
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Brandon Jackson (Sauber) 2 Flag of Italy Ferrari 2 Flag of the United States Ford
3 Flag of Canada Jarod Wells (Lotus) 3 Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren–Honda 3 Flag of Japan Toyota
4 Flag of France Jean-Eric Vergne (Ferrari) 4 Flag of Switzerland Sauber–Toyota 4 Flag of Japan Honda
5 Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (Williams) 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Williams–BMW 5 Flag of France Renault
6 Flag of Indonesia Raja Harta (Renault) 6 Flag of France Renault 6 Flag of Italy Ferrari
7 Flag of China Ma Quinghua (Lotus) 7 Flag of Europe EADS–BMW N/A
8 Flag of the United States Tiger Abraham (Ferrari) 8 Flag of South Korea Hyundai–Renault
9 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg (Williams) 9 Flag of Japan Toyota
10 Flag of Japan Gorou Kurosawa (Sauber) 10 Flag of Malaysia Caterham–Ford
11 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) 11 Flag of Italy Minardi–Honda
12 Flag of Canada Bernard Babineaux (EADS) N/A
13 Flag of Brazil Fabiano Cruz (Renault)
14 Flag of France Gautier Faure (EADS)
15 Flag of Germany Timo Glock (Toyota)
16 Flag of France Cyrille Paquet (Hyundai)
17 Flag of France Romain Grosjean (Hyundai)
18 Flag of Mexico Carlos Perez (Caterham)
19 Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson (Toyota)
20 Flag of Portugal Anselmo Rosario (Minardi)
21 Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde (Caterham)
22 Flag of India Anupam Darzi (Minardi)