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Formula 1 Australian GP
Opinion

Will any F1 teams face a scoreless season again?

OPINION: All 10 Formula 1 teams are off the mark after Melbourne, as McLaren and AlphaTauri took points in Australia. In F1's cost cap-levelled era, will a team ever suffer the ignominy of failing to score in a season again - and is the age of the backmarker team truly gone?

Following their respective forays into the points in Melbourne, McLaren and AlphaTauri’s top 10 finishes have guaranteed another season in which all 10 teams will end 2023 with at least a point to their names. McLaren stuffed 12 points into its hold luggage for the trip back to the United Kingdom, while AlphaTauri could probably pop its point for 10th place at Albert Park in its carry-on baggage.  

One round sooner than in 2022, every team has formally opened its account by round three of the season in Australia, marking the second consecutive year in which all 10 teams have scored. It’s a welcome sight to see every outfit on the grid with a legitimate chance of claiming a tangible reward for its efforts. After all, the 2020 and 2021 seasons were both encumbered by one team ending the season with an ignominious zero to append the standings.

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