Crimson Bull and Ferrari are more likely to be preventing for world championships once more, however can Mercedes be part of the struggle on the entrance of the grid after their well-documented struggles in 2022?
Having received the final eight constructors’ world titles and 7 of the final eight drivers’ titles, Mercedes have endured a vastly difficult season that was suffering from porpoising issues and a failure to understand the brand new rules.
Promising good points have since been made resulting in optimism for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in 2023.
Elsewhere, there will be loads of consideration and expectation on Aston Martin following Fernando Alonso’s shock change to exchange the retiring Sebastian Vettel. Can the likes of Aston Martin, McLaren and Alpine shut the hole to the frontrunners? And can Williams have the ability to carry themselves up the grid after one other troublesome 12 months?
No new groups will enter F1 subsequent 12 months, however Porsche are on the verge of asserting a collaboration with Crimson Bull when the facility unit rules change in 2026. The likes of Audi and Andretti have additionally been linked with becoming a member of the F1 grid within the close to future.
These are the drivers at present signed as much as race in F1 subsequent season and past.
F1 will proceed to race with the new-generation automobiles which debuted this season.
Following security considerations raised within the wake of the porpoising points skilled with the 2022 automobiles, the FIA has intervened to submit new technical guidelines geared toward tackling the phenomenon subsequent 12 months.
The FIA will increase the automotive flooring edges by 15mm. The throat of the diffuser will even be raised and lateral flooring deflection assessments are on account of be extra stringent.
Regardless of the specter of rebel from groups, the adjustments had been accepted by the World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday 16 August.
The 2023 F1 season will as soon as once more characteristic three dash races after a proposal by F1 to double the variety of occasions to 6 was not accepted by the FIA.
F1 may even trial a revised format for qualifying at choose occasions subsequent 12 months with the FIA wanting to chop again on the variety of tyres used throughout a grand prix weekend.
At two as but unspecified races in 2023, the variety of units of tyres obtainable to drivers will likely be diminished from 13 to 11.
As well as, the tyre compound alternative will likely be mandated for every session. Drivers will likely be compelled to make use of the exhausting tyre in Q1, the medium tyre in Q2 and the tender tyre in Q3.
The 2023 F1 calendar has not but been confirmed, however full particulars of subsequent 12 months’s schedule are set to be introduced in October, in response to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
It’s anticipated that the 2023 F1 calendar will characteristic the utmost permitted 24 races, together with F1’s third race within the USA, the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which is rumoured to type a double-header with subsequent 12 months’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the finish of November.
China can also be set to return – COVID restrictions allowing – following a three-year absence as a result of pandemic, whereas the Qatar Grand Prix will be part of the calendar once more as a part of a 10-year deal. Qatar first held an F1 race on the finish of 2021 on the Losail Worldwide Circuit, however is ready to maneuver to a brand new purpose-built venue in 2023.
The revival of the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami has additionally been mooted, although 2024 appears a extra life like timeframe for the primary F1 race in Africa since 1993.
The French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard seems to be set to drop off the 2023 calendar to make means for the aforementioned occasions, whereas uncertainty stays over the way forward for a number of races nearing the tip of their contracts, together with the Belgian Grand Prix.