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2023 F1 Rookies

2023 F1 Rookies

Three rookies make up the class of 2023 – Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries and Logan Sargent. 

2023 F1 Rookies are the ‘new kids on the block’. The young talent who are lucky enough to secure a coveted F1 seat and an opportunity to prove their worth alongside the sport’s best. 

Before we meet the drivers, what is a rookie? 

A rookie is a driver participating in their first season of a particular class. So a driver’s first full year in F1 is their rookie year.

So who are the 2023 F1 Rookies? 
Oscar Piastri (81) driving for Mclaren alongside Lando Norris
The Australian-born driver was the Winner of the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup with R-ace GP, the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship and 2021 Formula 2 Championship with Prema Racing.
An Alpine Academy driver, his appointment to Mclaren in 2022 was controversial and triggered a number of 
Nyck de Vries (21) driving for AlphaTauri alongside Yuki Tsunoda 
The Dutch Born racer is the oldest of the Rookies at 27 years. de Vries raced in F1 before, subbing for Alex Albon in Sept 22, at the Italian GP, where he finished ninth and collected two points. 
De Vries lifted the Formula E title with Mercedes in the 2020-21 season, adding to his trophy cabinet that already displays his F2 and Formula Renault titles.
Logan Sargeant (2) driving for Williams alongside Alex Albon.
Logan Sargeant is the first driver out of the USA in nearly eight years so with three home races to his name he will have a huge fan base to cheer him on. 
Another to start in karting and work his way up with good results in F2 & F3. Sargeant was part of the Williams Driver Academy.
Read more and follow their progress throughout the season on The Athletic – here
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2022 F1 World Champion, Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen was crowned 2022 Formula 1 world champion after a soaked race at Suzuka on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver dominated in the wet to win his 12th race of the season – just one off the record set by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel – and clinch the title over challengers Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez.

Verstappen, needing to outscore Charles Leclerc by eight points and Sergio Perez by six at Suzuka, dominated in the wet conditions and a late penalty for Leclerc sealed the title with four races of the 2022 season remaining.

In an unusual situation, there was considerable confusion after the race as it was initially believed full points would not be awarded. Only 29 laps were completed of the planned 53-lap race due to heavy rain and a long red flag. However, the race was not stopped early, it ran to an adjusted time limit and the rules allowed full points to be awarded. 

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Max Verstappen secured maximum points from the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix weekend by dominating from pole as Charles Leclerc threw away third place with a spin.

Verstappen was never troubled out front during a race that started wet but dried out over the 63 laps. Sergio Perez secured a Red Bull one-two in second, with Lando Norris inheriting third place after Leclerc spun at the Variante Alta chicane in the closing laps.

Read Will Wood’s full article and others on – here


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2021 F1 World Champion

Max Verstappen carries the driver’s title into the 2022 season, winning it over Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the last race of a thrilling 2021 season.

The race was subject to controversy over the way the safety car was managed following a late crash by Nicolas Latifi. However, after initial challenges, both lewis and Mercedes conceded that Max had earnt the crown.

The title defender has the right to race in the following season using the No 1, which Max has elected to do. His official number is 33.

The title may have been won on the last lap of the last race but it was earnt over the course of the season. Two drivers entered the race on 370.5 and only one could emerge the winner.

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Extraordinary Talent

Lewis Hamilton

extraordinaryadjective – very unusual or remarkable.

In a sport where statistics are maintained on anything and everything imaginable, there will be some who argue against my opinion that Lewis Hamilton is hands-down the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).

It is a two-horse race with Michael Schumacher the previous titleholder. Both drivers hold 7 world titles each and Michael started more races than Lewis has to date, but Lewis has surpassed most of the key metrics.

Hamilton 7 – 7 Schumacher

Hamilton 94 – 91 Schumacher

Career starts
Hamilton 264 – 306 Schumacher

Pole positions
Hamilton 97 – 68 Schumacher

Points finishes
Hamilton 227 – 221 Schumacher

Hamilton 163 – 155 Schumacher

Lewis has the capacity to operate in his team at the highest level, both inside and outside the car. Then over and above that, he has the capacity to leverage his profile and champion causes he is passionate about, including veganism, diversity and inclusion, and recently being a strong public voice for Black Lives Matter. Then in his spare time, he works on his own fashion label in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger and he has released his own album.

The world would be a far better place with more Lewis Hamiltons – and I’m not even a fan…


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