During the Hungaroring FP2 session Sky sports commentator David Croft drew attention to Franz Tosts (Team principal of Alpha Tauri) comment claiming this is the “most competitive field in terms of drivers that we’ve ever had in formula one”.
So far this year we have seen Redbull, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Ferrari, Alpine, and most recently Mclaren on the podium, showing over half the grid has the potential to compete near the top.
I say near, as the top is very clearly dominated by Redbull, specifically Max Verstappen who has entered a league of his own as he looks to break the record for the most wins in a season, which he already holds as he took 15 wins in 2022. With 12 races left of the season he currently has eight victories; he aims to hit his sixth in a row in Hungary.
Three quarters of the grid (15/20 drivers) having made the podium in their career, the 2023 grid is definitely competitive. But with championships like 1982 which had 11 separate race winners, and 2012 that started with seven different winners can this statement be argued?
*in order of current drivers standings (22/07/2023)
2023 Drivers and their accomplishments
Two-time world champion, 43 Grand prix wins, 87 podiums
6 Grand Prix wins, 31 podiums
Two-time world champion, 32 wins, 104 podiums
Seven-time world champion, 103 wins, 195 podiums
Carlos Sainz jr
1 Grand Prix win, 15 podiums
10 podiums, F2 Champion
5 Grand Prix wins, 26 podiums, F2 Champion
3 podiums, F3/F4 Champion
7 podiums, F3 Champion
1 Grand Prix win, 3 podiums, F3 Champion
Oscar Piastri (Rookie)
1 Grand Prix win, 3 podiums
Le Mans 24 Hours winner, GP2 champion
10 Grand Prix wins, 67 podiums
1 podium, Formula Renault 3.5 champion
Logan Sargeant (Rookie)
First American to win an F2 race
Nyck de vries (OUT)
FE World champion, F2 champion
8 Grand Prix wins, 32 Podiums
writer @ F1 journal