2023 f1 season preview

2023 Formula 1 Season Championship Preview

In 2023 the Formula 1 World Championship calendar features more races than ever before, with new countries, new drivers and new regulations promising an exciting season!

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2023 F1 Championship Season Preview 

After a record-breaking 2022 season that introduced some of the biggest technical regulation changes in modern F1 history, the growing number of passionate Formula One fans around the world are excited for a sense of stability in 2023. 

However, with the race calendar expanding wider than ever before, a few new rule changes and some exciting driver movements confirmed in the off-season, the 2023 F1 season promises to be anything but boring!

2023 Formula One season calendar

The 2023 season calendar will be the biggest ever in Formula One history, with 23 races scheduled, up from 22 races last year. Initially, there were 23 races planned for 22 before the Russian GP was cancelled, and 24 races planned for 2023, before the Chinese GP was cancelled. 

Returning to the roster in 2023 is the Qatar GP, absent last year due to the FIFA World Cup, plus an all-new addition of the Las Vegas GP.

Of course, F1 have raced in Sin City before back in 1981-82, but the new purpose-built Las Vegas complex is going to be like nothing else F1 fans have ever seen before, running in the late evening and incorporating the most ionic landmarks of the famous entertainment capital. 

Other tweaks the 2023 schedule see the Azerbaijan GP return to a late April timeslot, having previously been held in June, while the Belgium GP has been pushed forward to before the August break to avoid a triple-header after the summer break with the Dutch and Italian races.

There will also be six sprint races in 2023, up from three in the previous two seasons, with exact event locations and formats yet to be confirmed.

2023 FIA Formula 1® World Championship Race Schedule

Race Location Event Name                                  Start DateEnd DateCircuit NameCircuit Location 
1Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix 202302 Mar 202305 Mar 2023Bahrain International CircuitSakhir, BAHRAIN VIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023

16 Mar 202319 Mar 2023Jeddah Street CircuitJeddah, SAUDI ARABIA VIEW PACKAGES
3Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 202330 Mar 202302 Apr 2023Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMelbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIASEE SPORTSNET PACKAGES

Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023

27 Apr 202330 Apr 2023Baku City CircuitBaku, AZERBAIJANVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix 2023

04 May 202307 May 2023
Miami International Autodrome
6Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 202318 May 202321 May 2023Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino FerrariImola, ITALYVIEW PACKAGES
7Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 202325 May 202328 May 2023Circuit de MonacoMonte Carlo, MONACOSEE SPORTSNET PACKAGES

Formula 1 Gran Premio De España 2023

01 Jun 202304 Jun 2023Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaBarcelona, Catalonia, SPAINVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada 2023

15 Jun 202318 Jun 2023Circuit Gilles-VilleneuveMontreal, CANADAVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Österreich 2023

29 Jun 202302 Jul 2023Red Bull RingSpeilberg, AUSTRIAVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 British Grand Prix 2023

06 Jul 202309 Jul 2023Silverstone CircuitSilverstone, ENGLANDVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Magyar Nagydíj 2023

20 Jul 202323 Jul 2023HungaroringBudapest, HUNGARYVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix 2023

27 Jul 202330 Jul 2023Circuit de Spa-FrancorchampsSpa, BELGIUMVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix 2023

24 Aug 202327 Aug 2023Circuit ZandvoortZandvoort, NETHERLANDSVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Gran Premio D’italia 2023

31 Aug 202303 Sept 2023Autodromo Nazionale MonzaMonza, ITALYVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2023

15 Sep 202317 Sep 2023Marina Bay Street CircuitMarina Bay, SINGAPORESEE SPORTSNET PACKAGES

Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2023

21 Sep 202324 Sep 2023Suzuka International Racing CourseSuzuka City, JAPANVIEW PACKAGES
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Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix 2023

05 Oct 202308 Oct 2023Losail International CircuitDoha, QATARVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix 2023

19 Oct 202322 Oct 2023Circuit of the AmericasAustin, USAVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Gran Premio De México 2023

26 Oct 202329 Oct 2023Autodromo Hermanos RodriguezMexico City, MEXICOVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Grande Premio De Sao Paulo 2023

02 Nov 202305 Nov 2023Autodromo Jose Carlos PaceSao Paulo, BRAZILVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023

15 Nov 202318 Nov 2023Las Vegas Street CircuitLas Vegas, USAVIEW PACKAGES

Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023

23 Nov 202326 Nov 2023Yas Marina CircuitAbu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATESVIEW PACKAGES

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2023 Formula One driver line-up

World Champions Red Bull will keep an unchanged line-up for the third straight season with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Similarly, Mercedes stick with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell and Ferrari with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

But as the top three teams keep unchanged driver line-ups, there are plenty of shake-ups elsewhere.

Fernando Alonso made a shock move over to Aston Martin to join Lance Stroll, following Sebastian Vettel’s retirement.

Oscar Piastri heads to McLaren to replace the ousted countryman Daniel Ricciardo in the garage bay next to Lando Norris, while Alpine opted for Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri to form an all-French connection with Esteban Ocon.

AlphaTauri moved chose Nyck de Vries, Formula E champion and long-time Mercedes reserve, to make his full F1 debut in 2023 having stood in for Alex Albon at Williams at the 2022 Italian GP. De Vries joins next to the retained Yuki Tsunoda.

Williams has retained Albon and has replaced Nicholas Latifi with rookie Logan Sargeant. Haas has replaced Mick Schumacher – now reserve driver with Mercedes – with Nico Hulkenberg to slot in alongside Kevin Magnussen.

Alfa Romeo keeps an unchanged line-up for Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu.



Driver 1

Driver 2

Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen

Sergio Perez


Charles Leclerc

Carlos Sainz


Lewis Hamilton

George Russell


Esteban Ocon

Pierre Gasly


Lando Norris

Oscar Piastri

Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas

Zhou Guanyu

Aston Martin Racing

Lance Stroll

Fernando Alonso

Haas F1 Team

Kevin Magnussen

Nico Hulkenberg


Yuki Tsunoda

Nyck de Vries


Alex Albon

Logan Sargeant

Australian Grand Prix F1 2023 season

2023 Formula 1 rule changes

In 2023 the ground-effect floor specifications will be raised by 15mm to minimise instances where teams were running their cars as low as possible and risking safety concerns caused by vertical oscillations. 

This will include more stringent flex tests to ensure that teams are not using elasticity in the floor to run the edges closer to the ground. The diffuser throat height has also been raised to reduce the aero sensitivity under the car.

Following the nasty crash at the British Grand Prix 2022 involving Zhou Guanyu, new rollhoop regulations have also been introduced to improve the strength and reduce the possibility that the rollhoop may dig into the ground.

Rear-view mirror regulations have also been extended from 150mm x 50mm to 200mm x 60mm to improve visibility.

The cost cap is expected to drop in 2023 to around $135m for the year, down from the $142.4m in 2022. 

How to watch the 2023 Formula One

The biggest news in 2023 is that F1 TV Pro will be available in Australia through Foxtel.

Previously, only F1 TV was available in Australia, which was the basic version that gave some telemetry data, team radio access and live driver maps. 

That means you can expect multiple different race feeds, be it live maps and data or different camera options. It also brings with it a bunch of new off-track content with new shows, documentaries and a giant archive of Grand Prix.

F1 TV will also be available to Kayo, who offer their unique RaceView functionality including extra camera angles and split screen viewing.

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