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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60 and the rest of the field as Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23, Alex Albon, Williams FW45, crash
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The 10 critical moments that defined the 2023 F1 season

Win records fell as Max Verstappen picked up momentum, in one of the most comprehensive F1 campaigns delivered by anyone – ever. Here are the narrative arcs that steered the 2023 season

“Everything went perfect.” That was how Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz summed up the team’s season launch back in mid-February. On that sunny day at Fiorano, Ferrari seemed so confident, so smooth. But barely three weeks later, Charles Leclerc, with Sainz well adrift, had not only been comprehensively defeated at the very Bahrain venue where in 2022 Ferrari had started off with a win, but his new car had let him down too.

As the Formula 1 teams left Bahrain in the wake of Max Verstappen’s first win of an eventual 19, and with a jumbled competitive order behind, the story of the season instead became the question as to whether Red Bull could really win every single race, as Mercedes driver George Russell was soon suggesting.

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