Max Verstappen continues to win races and continues to break records. His victory in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza on September 3 marks a record 10 consecutive victories for the Red Bull driver, who is surely just a few races away from winning his third consecutive drivers’ title.
With a 145-point lead over his closest rival, teammate Sergio Perez, he can theoretically clinch the title at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix later this month.
To do so he would need a 172 point lead after Suzuka. If Verstappen continues his victorious run and wins in Singapore and Japan, Perez would need to score more than 23 points in those races to keep Verstappen waiting.
A more realistic time would be the Qatar Grand Prix (which features a sprint race) in early October, at the end of which he would need a 146-point lead.
When will the next race be?
The fifteenth round of the 2023 Formula 1 season is the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit. It will take place from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September.
How many F1 races will there be in 2023?
With the postponement and probable cancellation of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, this year there will be 22 races on the calendar, starting in Bahrain on 5 March and culminating with the season finale in Abu Dhabi on 26 November.
What new races are there in 2023?
The brand new Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the penultimate race of the season, one week before Abu Dhabi.
Where and when will the six sprint races be held this year?
Formula 1 has announced the six sprint venues for 2023 with Azerbaijan, Belgium, the Austin race in the US and Qatar joining Austria and Brazil.
The format, however, has been changed for this year, with the sprint becoming almost an event in its own right (albeit with championship points) on Saturday.
Qualifying had previously taken place on Friday to set the sprint grid for Saturday, with the result of the sprint race then setting the grid for Sunday.
In 2023, however, Friday’s qualifying sets the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix, while an extra sprint (effectively a three-part knockout qualifying session) sets the grid for the sprint. Both take place on Saturday.
The top eight drivers in the sprint race score points with eight to the winner and one to the eighth-placed finisher. Again, the sprint races will be around 100km – or around a third of the distance of a Grand Prix.
What are the pilot lineups?
Max Verstappen (1) and Sergio Pérez (11)
Lewis Hamilton (44) and George Russell (63)
Carlos Sainz (55) and Charles Leclerc (55)
Esteban Ocon (31) and Pierre Gasly (10)
Lando Norris (4) and Oscar Piastri (81)
Valtteri Bottas (77) and Guanyu Zhou (24)
Lance Stroll (18) and Fernando Alonso (14)
Kevin Magnussen (20) and Nico Hulkenberg (27)
Yuki Tsunoda (22), Nyck de Vries (21), Daniel Ricciardo (3) and Liam Lawson (40)
Alexander Albon (23) and Logan Sargeant (2)
What is the full calendar?
5: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
19: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah
2: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
30: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku +
7: Miami Grand Prix, Miami
9pm: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola
28: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
4: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
6pm: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
2: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg +
9: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
23: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest
30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps +
27: Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
3: Italian Grand Prix, Monza
5pm: Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore
24: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
8: Qatar Grand Prix, Lusail +
22: United States Grand Prix, Austin+
29: Mexico City Grand Prix, Mexico City
5: Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Sao Paulo +
6pm: Las Vegas Grand Prix, Las Vegas
26: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina
+ Indicates the weekend of the sprint event
What is the current ranking?
The top 10 drivers
How to watch the season
As has been the case for some time now, in the UK Sky Sports F1 has almost exclusive coverage rights for the season. They will show all practice sessions, qualifying sessions, sprint qualifying and races throughout the season.
Channel 4 will again broadcast qualifying and racing highlights, with July’s British Grand Prix broadcast live.
If you’re outside the UK you may also be able to subscribe to F1’s F1TV by paying a monthly fee throughout the season.