F1 - 2023 Season

Following are details of 2023 season - dates drivers & regs changes

RACE DATES
Included are the races that have Sprint Qualifying

Pre-season testing
23-25 February - Bahrain Sakhir Circuit.

5 March - Bahrain Grand Prix – Sakhir
19 March - Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah
2 April - Australian Grand Prix - Albert Park
30 April - Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku – Sprint Qualifying
7 May - Miami Grand Prix – Miami
21 May - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Imola
28 May - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco
4 June - Spanish Grand Prix - Circuit de Barcelona
18 June - Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal
2 July - Austrian Grand Prix - Red Bull Ring - Sprint Qualifying
9 July - British Grand Prix - Silverstone
23 July - Hungarian Grand Prix - Hungaroring
30 July - Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps - Sprint Qualifying
27 Aug - Dutch Grand Prix - Zandvoort
3 Sep - Italian Grand Prix - Monza
17 Sep - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay
24 Sep - Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka
8 Oct - Qatar Grand Prix – Losail - Sprint Qualifying
22 Oct - United States Grand Prix - Circuit of the Americas - Sprint Qualifying
29 Oct - Mexican Grand Prix - Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
5 Nov - Sao Paulo Grand Prix – Interlagos - Sprint Qualifying
18 Nov - Las Vegas Grand Prix - Las Vegas
26 Nov - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Marina

TEAMS & DRIVERS
Red Bull - Max Verstappen & Sergio Perez
Ferrari - Charles Leclerc & Carlos Sainz
Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton & George Russell
Alpine - Esteban Ocon & Pierre Gasly
McLaren - Lando Norris & Oscar Piastri
Alfa Romeo - Valtteri Bottas & Zhou Guanyu
Aston Martin - Lance Stroll & Fernando Alonso
Haas - Kevin Magnussen & Nico Hulkenberg
AlphaTauri - Yuki Tsunoda & Nyck de Vries
Williams - Alex Albon & Logan Sargeant

2023 rule changes are centred around safety, mostly related to ground effect & porpoising.

  • Ground-effect floors will be raised by 15mm to minimise running cars as low as possible risking safety concerns caused by vertical oscillations (porpoising).
  • More stringent flex tests to ensure that teams are not using elasticity in the floor to run the edges closer to the ground, while the diffuser throat height has been raised to reduce the aero sensitivity under the car.
  • A test protocol has been set to test for the allowed limits of porpoising
  • Rollhoop regulations revised to improve the strength and reduce the possibility that the rollhoop may dig into the ground.
  • Larger mirrors to improve rearward visibility
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Will that help when Max mounts you!

I think you’ll have to ask Mrs Max :joy:

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I’m sure Fernando will be on the podium for Aston :wink:

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Not while her dad’s around…

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Note, Patrick Tambay went on to win this particular race :grinning:

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Nelson was always kind of a loose cannon. Didn’t he say Nigel Mansell’s wife was ugly?

I believe so, and that’s probably just one of the least worst things he’s come out with!

Vasseur to Ferrari, Seidl to Audi, and Josh Capito out at Williams. Quite a few management changes for next season. I wonder who will go to Sauber, and what will be agreed for 2026. Seidl to take over, or stick in a different role?

BBC News - McLaren: Andreas Seidl to leave position as team principal

If I read the above correctly Seidl will be ceo and therefore appoint a Team Principle. Might be wrong!

Good move imo as in the future Audi should be a top tier contender

On a different note I wonder if Williams might be ripe for a takeover. Andretti are desparate to get in so maybe who knows

I can’t help but wonder if the two stories are directly linked…

“Calvin Lo: Billionaire businessman exploring plan to set up F1 team for 2026”

I am surprised the FIA don’t try to section off races by continent. For example why have Canada wedged between two European races. Less travelling costs, carbon footprint etc. Appreciate not as simple as that but would make sense imo

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I’m not sure it does make sense, having four races in e.g. N. America in quick succession is a stress on the fan base, considering that the three USA races are all in southern states, Florida, Texas & Nevada.
Also the N. American F1 preferred weather season is more or less the same as Europe & having a +/- 6 week period entirely in US/Canada is taking time away from the northern European better weather season.

That’s a busy calendar I kind of like the Australian GP as the first as well. Seems there’s much more money in the Middle East.

Apparently China is still trying to wedge itself in somewhere for 2023…

Andretti/ Cadillac. Any thoughts?

I’m hoping it will be pink.

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Maybe Bruce Springsteen as Team Boss

Done already with the pink Mercedes