Formula 1: Here’s why the grid is more competitive in 2023

Formula 1 (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
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As we are now underway with the 2023 Formula 1 season, the grid appears to have become more competitive from top to bottom.

We are in for a treat in the 2023 Formula 1 season, as the grid has just gotten more competitive. Even though it is early on, the first race in Bahrain gave us some good indication as to what battles we will see throughout.

A key difference with the current grid in comparison to last year is that aside from Red Bull, each team is in a battle with at least one other team. As we saw last season, the Williams was clearly the slowest car on the grid.

As for the rest, the four other battles were between Ferrari and Mercedes for second place, Alpine and McLaren for fourth, Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin for sixth, and Haas and AlphaTauri for eighth.

This season’s Formula 1 battles look to be far more exciting, despite Red Bull being the clear best team yet again.

We are going to see Ferrari, Mercedes, and Aston Martin battle it out in what is going to arguably be the most exciting battle to watch.

In addition to that, the impending battle for “the best of the rest” should feature McLaren, Alpine, and Alfa Romeo for sure. However, it is also possible that Williams, Haas, or AlphaTauri could join this battle. While this seems like two separate three-team battles to start, it could very well turn into a four, five, or six-team battle to finish.

All 10 teams have done well in manufacturing better cars for this season. Some have made more improvements than others, and in the end, the margins have decreased from team to team in comparison to last season when the new rules and regulations were rolled out.

It is really good to see an increase in competitiveness this season, and it is attributed to the cost cap which was initially introduced in 2021.

With every team having the same $135 million to spend, they are all on a level playing field. The only things setting each team apart are the allocations for each category and the data they have to build their car. From the looks of it, the cost cap is doing exactly what it was implemented for.

As a result of this competitiveness, there will be so much more meaning for every team in regard to everything that goes on this season. There will be a heightened tension, both on the track and in the paddock.

DRS trains will become a regular occurrence. A lot of emotion will be present in those post-race interviews. Another added plus is more exciting content for Netflix’s Drive To Survive Season 6. Ultimately, this competition is good for the sport and will drive it in the right direction.

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You will not want to miss this competition as the season goes on. Be on the lookout for more during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Sunday, March 19. ESPN is set to broadcast the race live beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET, so begin a free trial of FuboTV and don’t miss it!