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Formula 1 2023: Schedule, teams, drivers, rules, live telecast and streaming details

Published at :March 4, 2023 at 10:58 PM
Modified at :July 10, 2023 at 12:38 AM
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The season will kickstart with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5.

As the 2023 Formula 1 (F1) season approaches, every team and driver is gradually preparing. Some of the most significant rule changes in F1 occurred in 2022, altering the cars' aerodynamics and encouraging closer racing. This also caused the entire grid to be shuffled at the season's start, making for an exciting watch.

Each team will aim to settle down and adapt to the FIA's aerodynamic changes in the coming season. Almost all race tracks, drivers, and teams have been confirmed for the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Sebastian Vettel, in the middle of 2022, announced that he would end his brilliant career and leave the sport. The silly season began as teams began to sign new drivers from one another. Only Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly changed teams.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo, Mick Schumacher, and Nicolas Latifi are out of a race seat for next season. However, they may make a comeback in the future. Although most drivers were already on the grid last year, there are some new faces this year, including Logan Sargeant, Nico Hulkenberg, Oscar Piastri, and Nyck de Vries. While Hulkenberg is a returnee, the rest of the drivers will make their F1 debuts this year.

TEAMS & DRIVERS

1. Red Bull Racing

Following a podium finish in 2006, Red Bull found their stride in 2009, winning six races and finishing second in the constructors' standings. They were a tour de force over the next four seasons, winning consecutive title doubles from 2010 to 2013, with Sebastian Vettel becoming the sport's youngest quadruple champion. They are now recapturing that glory with an equally exciting talent named Max Verstappen.

Drivers: Max Verstappen, Sergio Pérez, Daniel Ricciardo (Reserve)

2. Ferrari

For many, Ferrari and Formula 1 racing have become inextricably linked. The Prancing Horse is the only team to have raced in every season since the world championship began. The team has grown from founder Enzo Ferrari's humble vision to become one of the world's most iconic and respected brands.

The accomplishment came quickly with the likes of Alberto Ascari and John Surtees and continued with Niki Lauda in the 1970s and then Michael Schumacher in the 2000s.

Drivers: Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz

3. Mercedes

The team produced enormous excitement with Michael Schumacher's spectacular return. After 2012, he was paired with Lewis Hamilton, and the pair would perform some iconic title clashes as the Silver Arrows drifted all before them to become one of the most dominant forces in modern F1. And, with Hamilton now joined by the promising George Russell, Mercedes remains the team to beat.

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton, George Russell, Mick Schumacher (Reserve)

4. Alpine

Alpine is a relatively new name in Formula 1, but Renault's renowned sportscar division has a long history in motor racing. The 2021 rebrand of the team marked the next step in Renault's F1 revival. It began in 2016 with the acquisition of the then-Lotus squad. Already race winners in their new guise, regular podiums, and a title challenge must be their next goal.

Drivers: Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon

5. McLaren

McLaren's success has been breathtaking since entering the sport in 1966 under eponymous founder Bruce's guidance and restless effort. Over five glittering decades, there have been numerous victories, pole positions, and podium finishes, not to mention eight constructors' championships.

Furthermore, the team produced some of the sport's most significant drivers. The names included Emerson Fittipaldi, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, and Lewis Hamilton.

Drivers: Oscar Piastri, Lando Norris

6. Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has been associated with F1 since the competition's inception in 1950. In the twenty-first century, the team formerly known as Sauber combines Italian flair with Swiss sensibilities in a new era.

The team has become a fixture on the grid, winning races while under BMW's ownership and earning a well-deserved reputation for producing competitive cars and developing young drivers.

Drivers: Valtteri Bottas, Zhou Guanyu

7. Aston Martin

Aston Martin's first Formula 1 appearance, over half a century ago, lasted only five races. This time, however, it is serious. This F1 team has previously won as Jordan and most recently as Racing Point in 2020. 

Aston Martin is well-known for their ability to punch above their weight, with a two-time champion leading its driver lineup. After Vettel announced his retirement from Formula 1, fellow champion Fernando Alonso was quickly signed as his replacement for 2023.

Drivers: Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll, Felipe Drugovich (Reserve)

8. Haas

Haas debuted highly in 2016, becoming the first all-American-led F1 team in three decades. The Ferrari-powered team, led by the charismatic Guenther Steiner, also operates a factory in the United Kingdom in Banbury.

Kevin Magnussen's return resulted in a stunning P5 finish at Bahrain's season opener and his first pole position at a rain-soaked Interlagos in November 2022.

Drivers: Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hülkenberg

9. Alpha Tauri

Originally named Toro Rosso - it was formed from the ashes of the brave Minardi team in 2006 as a squad where young drivers from Red Bull's prodigious talent pool could cut their F1 teeth.

Sebastian Vettel validated the approach almost immediately, delivering a storybook victory in 2008 before winning world championships with parent team Red Bull Racing.

Drivers: Yuki Tsunoda, Nyck de Vries

10. Williams

Driven by the excellence and devotion of the late Sir Frank Williams, Williams expanded from modest origins to become a Formula 1 behemoth.

Over the past four decades, the team has amassed many Grand Prix victories and championship titles while also grooming some of the sport's most talented drivers, both in and out of the cockpit. And, with the Williams family's decision to step down following the team's sale to Dorilton Capital in 2020, a new era has begun.

Drivers: Alex Albon, Logan Sargeant

DEBUTANTS

1. Oscar Piastri

Although he is a new face on the F1 grid this season, Australian debutant Oscar Piastri can forget about a grace period. It is because a leading commentator has stated that he has only six months to perform.

Piastri made headlines in 2022 after replacing fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo in a nasty divorce at McLaren and then for early season vehicle challenges with his vehicle. The same issues afflicted Ricciardo during his time at the manufacturer.

After winning three consecutive Formula 3 and Formula 2 championships, the 21-year-old is ready to let his racing speak for itself.

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2. Logan Sargeant

Sargeant, who moved to Europe as a teenager to pursue his dream, has defied all expectations and will debut for Williams this weekend in Bahrain. He will be the first American to compete in Formula 1 since Alexander Rossi in 2015 when he made five starts and finished 12th at the Circuit of the Americas.

3. Nyck de Vries

Despite having previously won the Formula E and Formula 2 championships, Formula 1 teams overlooked Nyck de Vries when determining driver lineups for several years.

Everything changed in Monza last year when De Vries stunned the world on his F1 debut with Williams after being drafted in at the last minute to fill in for the hospitalized Alex Albon. The Dutch eventually signed with Alpha Tauri for the upcoming season.

Top Drivers missing from Formula 1 grid

1. Daniel Ricciardo

The last four years have been challenging for Ricciardo. After leaving Red Bull in 2018 to try to guide Renault to success, the Australian joined McLaren in search of better results.

Ricciardo spent two of the most difficult years of his career at McLaren. He had a three-year contract that was set to expire at the end of 2023, but the Woking-based club let him go in 2022.

This prompted Ricciardo to leave full-time F1 driving and return to Red Bull as the team's reserve driver. For now, it is still being determined whether he intends to return to the grid in 2024.

2. Sebastian Vettel

For a brief moment in the hours following the conclusion of F1's preseason testing last week, it appeared that Sebastian Vettel could make a stunning comeback for this week's race with his former team Aston Martin, with Lance Stroll's injury status being unknown for a while. After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November, Vettel announced his retirement.

Aston Martin quickly ended that, confirming that reserve driver Felipe Drugovich would be the man to deputize if necessary, implying that Vettel is still very much retired for the time being.

3. Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll of Aston Martin has been cleared to compete in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, despite being involved in a cycling accident while training only a few weeks ago. The Canadian sustained a wrist injury during last week's three-day testing session in Bahrain, so Felipe Drugovich drove alongside Fernando Alonso.

Aston Martin was hoping for a "quick recovery" from Stroll, but F2 champion Drugovich was put on standby in case he did not recover in time for race one. However, Aston Martin confirmed on Thursday that the Canadian would compete in the desert race this weekend.

Formula 1 (F1) 2023 full schedule

  • March 19th - Saudi Arabian GP - Jeddah - Highlights
  • April 2nd - Australian GP - Melbourne - Highlights
  • May 21st - Emilia Romagna GP - Imola - Cancelled
  • July 2nd - Austrian GP - Red Bull Ring
  • July 9th - British GP - Silverstone
  • July 23rd - Hungarian GP - Hungaroring
  • July 30th - Belgium GP - Spa-Francorchamps
  • August 27th - Dutch GP - Zandvoort
  • September 3rd - Italian GP - Monza
  • September 17th - Singapore GP - Singapore
  • September 24th - Japanese GP - Suzuka
  • October 8th - Qatar GP - Lusail
  • October 22nd - United States GP - COTA
  • October 29th - Mexican GP - Mexico City
  • November 5th - Brazilian GP - Interlagos
  • November 18th - Las Vegas GP - Las Vegas
  • November 26th - Abu Dhabi GP - Yas Marina

Updated Rules for 2023 Formula 1 season

Although the rule changes were implemented in 2022, all the Formula 1 teams faced a major aerodynamic issue called 'porpoising.' On the straights, cars will oscillate vertically, and this was due to the FIA making significant changes to the car's floor.

This caused many problems because the cars couldn't go fast, and the overall bouncing effect was taxing the drivers. As a result, for the 2019 season, the FIA will implement an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM) to ensure that the cars do not bounce excessively. This will be recorded by an accelerometer already installed inside the vehicle.

The number of vertical oscillations will be recorded, and the car will be qualified to run or not. The cars' ground-effect floors will also be raised by 15mm to reduce porpoising. Read in details Here!

Where to watch live telecast & streaming of Formula 1 2023 in India?

To the surprise of fans nationwide, Star Sports and Hotstar have decided not to renew the streaming rights for Formula 1 in India for the upcoming 2023 season. As a result, no television broadcast network is currently scheduled to host the action this year. Full details here!

Formula 1 has launched F1 TV Pro in India for the first time ahead of the 2023 season. To increase viewership of the sport, the digital platform will broadcast all 23 race weekends throughout the session. This will include live broadcasts of practice and qualifying sessions and the races themselves.

Fans can sign up for F1 TV Access for ₹1,649 per/year, whereas the annual subscription for F1 TV Pro costs ₹2,499. According to reports, multiple users can share a single F1 TV pro account; however, live race streaming can only be done by one device at a time.

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