Whereas Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris have aspirations of preventing for podiums, wins and maybe even the Components 1 title (within the case of the previous) in 2023, there are some undesirable information the duo can obtain…
Charles Leclerc – most pole positions and not using a title
It’s debatable that Charles Leclerc is the outright quickest driver in Components 1 over a single lap on a Saturday afternoon.
The Ferrari driver claimed a season-high 9 pole positions throughout the 2022 season, though he might solely convert two of these into victories – in Bahrain and Australia.
Because of a wide range of reliability, strategic and operational errors, Leclerc was stymied in his pursuit of the world championship – ultimately being drawn right into a battle with Sergio Perez for the runner-up spot.
The Monegasque at present holds 18 pole positions and not using a world crown on his CV – with the document being that of Valtteri Bottas and his 20 at Mercedes.
It’s unlikely the Finn will add to his tally or problem for the championship in 2023, which means that Leclerc solely wants three poles to immediate a change within the historical past books.
Fortuitously, even when he does surpass 20 poles over the course of the season, he can all the time switch it again to Bottas if and when he does develop into World Champion.
Lando Norris – most factors and not using a win
Arguably, the 2 undesirable information Norris can declare ought to each have been written off on the 2021 Russian Grand Prix – and revolve round him taking a primary victory in F1.
First up, is the chance that he can develop into the motive force with probably the most quantity of factors by no means to have gained a Grand Prix – however this can be a transferring goal.
Previous to the season beginning, Norris has 428 profession factors, a pleasant common of 107 from his 4 yr profession.
The document for many factors and not using a win is 521, at present held by Nico Hulkenberg – who himself returns to a full-time race with Haas.
It means the document might transfer relying on how Hulkenberg does, however ought to Norris out-score Hulkenberg by 94 factors, he’ll assume one undesirable document.
Norris – most podiums and not using a win
Norris was set to take that maiden Grand Prix win at Sochi in 2021, main the race within the closing laps from a charging Lewis Hamilton.
Nevertheless, Hamilton elected to pit for wets because the rain moved in, Norris opting to courageous it on slicks – finally the unsuitable resolution.
He would end seventh – as his finest likelihood thus far of standing on the highest spot was washed away.
The Briton at present has six podiums to his identify – probably the most of any lively driver with out that W within the win column.
To beat this explicit document, the McLaren driver would wish to haul eight podiums to leapfrog Nick Heidfeld’s 13.
Heidfeld, like Norris, has a finest results of second place, however ‘Fast Nick’ was by no means fairly the quickest driver on a Sunday.
Given Norris solely took one podium in 2022, that is fairly a stretch, however one thing he’s able to delivering. He’ll be hoping that one in every of them podiums is translated into listening to “God Save The King” for himself for the primary time.