The world Championship her Formula 1 for 2023 completed, and beyond the obvious winners, the Max Verstappen and the Red Bullthere were nine more drivers who had good seasons and stood out with their talent and speed.
1. Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen completed one of the most dominant seasons in F1 history. With 19 wins in 22 races, a record 10-game winning streak, the highest percentage of all Grand Prix wins, and a points haul that alone would be enough to make him even the constructors’ champion, the The Dutchman was comfortably crowned champion for the 3rd time. And in addition to the excellent RB19 he had in his hands, he managed to make the most of it, even in the moments when it could have been questioned, more towards the end of the season.
2. Fernando Alonso
The “old” fox just doesn’t look old. Fernando Alonso said 2023 was one of his best driving seasons. And this, although it sounds crazy, since the Spaniard did not climb to the highest step of the podium this year, nor of course won the championship, it might be true. He gave the fans moments of infinite beauty inside the track. Overtaking, defending and fighting that looked like they might have come out of one of his championship years, Alonso, at 42 years old, remains the same and unchanged, in the best possible sense.
3. Lewis Hamilton
It’s no secret that the boat called the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team faced significant difficulties with the interpretation of the new regulations, and by extension with the W13 and W14. With a car that was often characterized as unstable, unpredictable and undriveable by Lewis Hamilton himself and his teammate, George Russell, he managed to reach the podium 6 times and was classified in all races, except for the Qatar Grand Prix (DNF). and the Texas Grand Prix (DSQ). He finished third in the drivers’ championship, beating his team-mate by almost 60 points.
4. Lando Norris
The talent and skills of Lando Norris came to the fore again as McLaren began to improve after the first few races. It is not unprecedented: it is important for each driver, even the fastest one, to have the right ‘tool’ in his hands. This was done with Norris, who managed to get on the podium 7 times, help his team out of the points mire they had been in and salvage a year that seemed lost. Bonus: his reaction when Piastri started to approach him menacingly.
5. Charles Leclerc
Monegasque did a mediocre one for the data and talent of the season. In the one and only race where Ferrari had the potential to win, his teammate took it, having missed the pole on Saturday which could perhaps give him the lead on Sunday. However, he was very fast at various stages of the season, with pole positions not turning into wins not because he didn’t have the speed himself, but because Ferrari simply fell behind when it came time to race.
6. Carlos Sainz
This is the second year in their three seasons together at Ferrari that Carlos Sainz has finished behind Leclerc in the standings, and that is not entirely down to bad luck or failings on the Spaniard’s part. Still, he found his chance, was fast and consistent and – in a way – made history: he became the only driver to win in 2023 without driving a Red Bull.
7. Oscar Piastri
Undoubtedly the rookie of the year. Of course, that’s not saying much in itself, when you consider that his competition for this particular title was Nyck de Vries, who was kicked out of AlphaTauri in the middle of the year, and Logan Sargeant, who managed to conquer just one point throughout the season. What gives Oscar Piastri the “ticket” for our top 10 drivers of 2023 is surely the fact that he was asked to go into the “deep” at his start, with a car that at the beginning of the year was – objectively – bad and managed to shine under less-than-ideal conditions. A worthy teammate for the always talented Lando Norris and an important “stone” for McLaren’s dominance over Aston Martin in the battle for 4th place in the constructors’ championship.
8. Yuki Tsunoda
The Japanese AlphaTauri has now completed his third year in the sport, and it shows. The development is evident, as he seems to have “transformed” into a more mature driver, who has significantly reduced the mistakes of emotionality or carelessness, to which he was particularly prone in the first two seasons. Seeing 2023 Yuki Tsunoda consistently win all three (3) teammates he had during the season, it’s safe to say that his constant supervision by Franz Tost played a catalytic role.
9. Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly ended his first season at Alpine confirming that he is a talented and highly competitive driver, beating his old nemesis, Esteban Ocon, within the very team that believes in him as few drivers in its history – surprisingly.
10. Alex Albon
If we can say that any driver “carried” his team, then it is definitely Alex Albon. Given that the FW45 started the 2023 season as one of the worst cars on the grid and has evolved into a car that was mediocre at best, the Thai has ‘juiced’ it all the way. Having won 27 of Williams’ 28 total points, everything points to the fact that he has – finally – built an environment around him that suits him, proving that his talent has yet to fully unfold.
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