F1: All against Red Bull | last

F1: All against Red Bull |  last

Dutchman Max Verstappen will be seeking his third consecutive title in the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, which kicks off this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix and will see the Red Bull team, also led by Mexican Sérgio “Checo” Pérez , the team will be to beat.

Verstappen The 25-year-old had to wait until the last round to dethrone seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG) in 2021, but he marked the past World Cup with overwhelming authority, writing his name in the annals of double championship history.

‘Mad Max’ also broke the record for wins in a single season (fifteen), added 146 points for second place, the Monegasque FerrariCharles Leclerce alongside him ‘Checa’ the Austrian team managed this longest race in the builders’ championship end to Mercedes with the eight editions until 2022.

As a result, both the Dutchman and Red Bull will be there to beat pieces in a World Cup where Ferrari, a team that had to settle for two runners-up, will try to get back on track and celebrate a final victory it has achieved. It had not happened since 2007 that Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen, now retired, gave the team its last title.

For the past, world Verstappen and Red Bull extended their partnership in 2026, making it clear that they aim to repeat or even improve on the glorious four years, 2010 to 2013, when they celebrated four doubles in a row (drivers and constructors titles) in the same year) with the German Sebastian Vettel; retired at the end of last year.

Max led the schedule of the first rehearsal day with his RB23 and lagged behind the time of China’s Guanyuzhou in the second batch; while ‘Czech’ I set the fastest lap on the third and final pre-season test day.

Also excited about testing at Sakhir circuit was Asturian Fernando Alonso. His two-time world champion, who was 29 thousandths behind Verstappen on the first day and showed plenty of consistency at 41, lists Aston Martin as a potential big revelation . of the campaign.

However, things did not go well for the England team. Their co-driver, Canadian Lance Stroll, missed last season after a cycling accident and if he isn’t ready for the Bahrain Grand Prix, up-and-coming Brazilian Felipe Drugovich will be aboard the ASM23.

With that, Drugovich would join the three ‘official’ rookies of the season: Dutchman Nyck De Vries (Alpha Tauri), who started a race for Williams last season, Australian Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and American Logan Sargeant (Williams ).

In total, 2023 will see its longest season tally of 23 races, including the Spanish Grand Prix, the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez and the three races held in the US at Austin, Miami and Las Vegas.

The seventy-fourth edition of the F1 World Championship kicks off in Bahrain, a course steeped in history for Spanish-speaking drivers, also in three editions (2005, 2006 and 2010) and crowned with ‘Checa’ later celebrating its first of four victories at the end of 2020, the starring in an epic career from where he came last to number one.

The circus tent will start on Friday 3 March with the first free exercises, which will be completed on Saturday with the standings and on Sunday you will see your first race from Sakhiro where the first points of 2023 will be awarded.

(With information from EFE)

Source: La Neta Neta