With that, summer break comes to an end, but we still have ten races left in the season; let's look at what’s still to come in the second half of the season.
The first half of the season was reduced to 12 races with the cancellation of the Round Six the Imola Grand Prix, but that didn't stop Max Verstappen from gaining an enormous lead from second-placed Sergio Perez, with Max leading over Sergio with 314 points to 189 in the Championship standing.
Championship Standings Top 5 After Round 13
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 314points
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull 189points
3 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 149points
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 148points
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 99points
Constructors Championships Top 5 After Round 13
1 Red Bull Racing 503points
2 Mercedes 247points
3 Aston Martin 196points
4 Ferrari 191points
5 McLaren 103points
With the historic circuit of Monza to the street of Singapore and Las Vegas, there are many more iconic race tracks to look forward to for the rest of the season.
Let's take a look at what's to come for the rest of the season:
Dutch Grand Prix August 25-27 - Round 14
The first race back after the summer break is the exciting home race for Max Verstappen with free practice starting on Friday, August 25. Zandvoort first held a Grand Prix in 1952; despite its historical precedence, many drivers consider this circuit quick and old-school.
Number of Laps: 72
Circuit Length: 4.259km
Race Distance: 306.587km
Lap Record: 1:11.097 Lewis Hamilton (2021)
2022 Top 3: Verstappen, Russel, Leclerc
2021 Top 3: Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas
Italian Grand Prix September 1-3 - Round 15
The last of the European races for the season, the Italian Grand Prix is one of the oldest races on the calendar. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza held its first Grand Prix in 1922 and has been part of the Formula 1 calendar since 1950, missing just one year. Monza is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, with cars on full throttle for 80% of the lap.
Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix September 15-17 - Round 16
The Singapore Grand Prix is a street circuit which twists and turns around Singapore's iconic skyline in the dark. Joining the calendar for the first time in 2008, this is one of the most physically demanding races for drivers with humid conditions, a bumpy street circuit and high-speed laps. For the 2023 race, there is a revised circuit layout with a reduction in the number of corners from 23 to 19. Will Max win the Championship in Singapore?
Lenovo Japanese Grand Prix September 22-24 - Round 17
Considered by many as their favourite circuit on the calendar, Suzuka is a high-speed track which first appeared on the calendar in 1987. The Japanese Grand Prix’s high-speed ‘s’ curves make it one of the best to watch on the calendar. 2022 saw a podium comprising Verstappen, Perez and Leclerc, but who will win this year in Suzuka?
Rolex Grande Premio de Sao Paulo November 3-5 - Round 21
Interlagos is another driver's favourite with banked corners, the Senna S, a snaking in-field section and challenging camber changes. George Russell won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix last year. Can he win again at Interlagos? It’s anyone’s game with the Sprint format weekend.
Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix November 16-18 - Round 22
The first of a doubleheader ending with the season's final race in Abu Dhabi, the Las Vegas Grand Prix is a massive unknown in its inaugural Grand Prix. Unusually this race will take place on a Saturday night and is the first of many to be held in Las Vegas, with the race being on the calendar until 2032. Predicted to be one of the year's biggest sporting events, Las Vegas has pulled out all the stops in the usual Vegas fashion, with 50 laps through the streets past the iconic Caesars Palace, the Bellagio and the Venetian. This could be anyone's game with speed expected to match Monza's.
Round 14: Heineken Dutch Grand Prix - August 25-27
Round 15: Pirelli Gran Premio D’Italia - September 1-3
Round 16: Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix - September 15-17
Round 17: Lenovo Japanese Grand Prix - September 22-24
Round 18: Qatar Airlines Qatar Grand Prix - October 6-8
Round 19: Lenovo United States Grand Prix - October 20-22
Round 20: Gran Premio de la Ciudad De Mexico - October 27-29
Round 21: Rolex Grande Premio de Sao Paulo - November 3-5
Round 22: Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix - November 16-18
Round 23: Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - November 24-26
When will Max win the Championship? Who will finish second? Will Mclaren or Mercedes win a race this season? Only time will tell, but it's finally race week again.
Writer @F1 Journal