F1’s Biggest Season Yet
Fans are just a few weeks out from experiencing the biggest season yet in F1, with 23-races to take place after the race in China has already been confirmed cancelled due to restrictive COVID policies. With F1 growing globally, with a huge fandom from the US, Europe still hooked, and even other countries accepting wagering like these betting sites in Malawi, viewership is expected to be higher than ever. But what can fans expect from F1’s biggest season yet?
No Huge Regulation Changes
Whilst 2022 got off to a very exciting start given the huge amount of regulation change and the new cars, the lack of huge regulation change may lead to fewer surprises at the start of the season. Some manufacturers like McLaren have already stated they believe they’re on the back foot this year until their mega factory comes online next year, where other hopefuls like Mercedes want to reclaim their spot at the top after a rocky 2022.
Fans will of course hope to see a battle once again between Red Bull and Ferrari having both put up the strongest cars last year, with Max Verstappen looking to go for another career title, and with no huge regulation changes getting in the way, it’s certainly a promising prospect.
New Tracks and A Saturday Race
Racing will return to some new circuits this year such as Miami, but F1 will also introduce a new track this year with Las Vegas emerging as the first Saturday race in the sport – with part of the track incorporating the iconic Vegas strip, there’s still no news available on whether or not the track will be ready for its debut date in November, but there’s plenty of time to ensure the race is good to go late in the year.
Some Prep for 2024
Whilst 2023 won’t introduce any major regulation changes, some prep work will certainly be looking to be put in place for 2024 – most notably will be the hopeful removal of tyre warming blankets for the 2024 season. Regulations have stated that new maximum temperatures have been set for pre-warming, and that by 2024 no pre-warming will be allowed, although there hasn’t been any major update here for a while yet. This could have quite a drastic impact on the grid too.
A 20-Car Grid
With the huge growth seen in F1’s popularity over the last few years and increasing manufacturer interest too, 2023 could be one of the last seasons where fans find the familiar 20-car grid. Interest is growing from other manufacturers and before the end of the decade we may see another one or two teams become involved in the sport, leading to a maximum of 24 cars racing in F1 – this is still a tentative change, but given the huge race calendar already existing, this may be far from the last article titled F1’s biggest season yet, and the chain of many yet to come.
New Drivers On The Grid
Most teams have had quite the shake up too, with some young talent now stepping out onto the grid for their first time and seasoned vets like Ricciardo on the bench this year, it may lead to some exciting battles both at the back and the midfield, or perhaps even a breakout talent charging towards the front of the grid – only time will tell who will emerge as the best of the rest.
Pre-season testing gets underway at the end of this week, with the first race coming on the first weekend of March – and with a race nearly every other weekend, this is shaping up to be one of the best seasons in recent memory.