Three drivers to push Verstappen for 2023 F1 title
Max Verstappen won his second Drivers’ Championship title at the Japanese Grand Prix, continuing his dominance in Formula 1, so who can stop him in 2023?
The reigning F1 world champion sealed the crown with four races to go in what was his 12th Grand Prix victory of the season.
Verstappen is hoping to make it a hat-trick of F1 championship wins in 2023. The Red Bull driver will once again be the man to beat.
Along with Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc pushing him through mid-season, here’s a look at a trio of drivers who could emerge as Verstappen’s biggest challengers could be next season.
Verstappen’s nemesis Lewis Hamilton can never be dismissed
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Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is on course for his worst ever end to an F1 season. However, he has promised to return in 2023 and is optimistic Mercedes will bounce back with a better car.
Hamilton has failed to win a single race so far this season but is hoping to remedy that before the end of the campaign. He is 12/1 in the sports betting chances of winning the United States Grand Prix in Texas, a race in which he has already won six.
Mercedes have plenty of time to address the issues that have plagued the team in 2022. Although Hamilton will be 38 at the time of the new season, Verstappen will be fully aware of the scale of the threat the co-record holder poses for the majority. titles will be.
Sergio Perez the veteran continues to improve
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez could make it 1-2 for Red Bull this season in the Drivers’ Championship standings. After the Japanese Grand Prix, the Mexican was just behind the champion in second place.
Perez had victories at Monaco and Singapore this season and has also been very consistent with nine podiums. If he can convert some of his second- and third-place results into wins in 2023, he’ll be in the hunt for the title.
We’ve seen great team-mate rivalries in F1 over the past two decades, and one Verstappen-Perez duo has what it takes to be another. Red Bull should back both men in their bid for the title, and both are worth it.
Carlos Sainz has proven he is more than capable at Ferrari
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr has had the best season of his F1 career. He scored over 200 points for the first time and showed what he was capable of when he took the checkered flag at the British Grand Prix. at Silverstone back in July.
Carlos Sainz takes his first career Formula 1 victory in his 150th Grand Prix start. He becomes the 8th driver to win his first F1 race in the British Grand Prix (1st since 1995).
Sainz joins Fernando Alonso as the only Spanish-born drivers to win an F1 race. pic.twitter.com/4hhdVxEiTQ
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The 28-year-old is expected to enter 2023 full of confidence. Ferrari have shown they can be competitive in the F1 Constructors’ Championship, and with two drivers improving every year, they are hoping for their first world champion since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.
Sainz Jr has already been on the podium eight times in 2022.
He is now used to being in contention for almost all the Grands Prix in which he participates. With further improvements over the winter, Ferrari and its Spanish driver can push Verstappen, his former teammate at Toro Rosso, even harder next year.
The 2023 F1 season begins with the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit from March 2-5, 2023, where Verstappen will begin his title defence.