The 2023 Formula 1 season has started and in the new campaign Red Bull continues where it left off in 2022.
This year sees 23 races held in a record-breaking calendar, as Max Verstappen aims to take three in a row after back-to-back World Championship victories.
Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team have found further improvements so far this year after a disappointing 2022 season. Meanwhile, Ferrari struggles to match their strong start to 2022.
There are also new faces on the grid – such as Oscar Piastri and Nyck de Vries – and all 20 drivers are eager to get back on track after a three-month break with the official pre-season test in Bahrain for the first race of the season a week later.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is the 2023 F1 calendar?
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir – March 3-5
Jeddah Corniche Circuit – March 17-19
Albert Park, Melbourne – March 31 – April 2
- ROUND 4 – AZERBAIJAN (sprint weekend)
Baku City Circuit – April 28-30
Miami International Autodrome, Hard Rock Stadium – May 5-7
- ROUND 6 – EMILIA ROMAGNA CANCELLED
Circuit of Imola – May 19-21
Circuit de Monaco – May 26-28
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – June 2-4
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal – June 16-18
- ROUND 10 – AUSTRIA (sprint weekend)
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg – June 30 – July 2
Silverstone Circuit – July 7-9
Hungaroring, Budapest – July 21-23
- ROUND 13 – BELGIUM (sprint weekend)
Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps – July 28-30
Circuit Zandvoort – August 25-27
Monza Circuit – September 1-3
Marina Bay Street Circuit – September 15-17
Suzuka International Race Course – September 22-24
- ROUND 18 – QATAR (sprint weekend)
Lusail International Circuit, Lusail – October 6-8
- ROUND 19 – UNITED STATES (sprint weekend)
Circuit of the Americas, Austin – October 20-22
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City – October 27-29
- ROUND 21 – BRAZIL (sprint weekend)
Interlagos Circuit, Sao Paulo – November 3-5
Street Circuit Las Vegas – November 16-18
Yas Marina Circuit – November 24-26
When and where will the 2023 F1 season start?
The first race of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix, will take place from Friday March 3 to Sunday March 5 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
Qualifying on Saturday 4 March starts at 3 p.m (GMT) with Sunday’s race also at 3 p.m (GMT).
When is the pre-season test?
Pre-season testing will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit in the week before the first race Thursday February 23 – Saturday February 25.
There is walking in between 7 hours And 4:30 in the afternoon (GMT) on each of the three days. Halfway through each session there is an hour break for lunch.
Each driver spends a day and a half in the car.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The Bahrain Grand Prix and pre-season testing will be broadcast live Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
Sky Sports subscribers can watch pre-season tests on the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer, you can grab a NOWTV day pass here to watch without a subscription.
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What was said?
Max Verstappen has challenged Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to up their game and give him the championship fight that Formula 1 needs.
Verstappen walked away with last season’s title, winning 15 of 22 races, to secure his second championship with four rounds to spare. Hamilton, on the other hand, had the worst year of his career in his underperforming Mercedes as he failed to win a race and finished 214 points behind.
But speaking of the prospect of renewing his rivalry with Hamilton at Red Bull’s season launch in New York, 25-year-old Verstappen said: “In the interest of the sport, you always want the teams to be super close.
“I think it was close last year, but as a team we did a lot of things better than the others and that’s why the points difference was so big. I never felt, apart from two or three races, that we absolutely dominated. But for the general interest of Formula 1, everyone wants a multi-team title fight.”
What are the driver line-ups for 2023?
*Italics represents new addition to the grid/change of team