F1 2023 British Grand Prix Debrief

Max Verstappen continues to push towards a third crown, whilst McLaren shockingly does the unthinkable.


Max Verstappen won his sixth consecutive Formula One as the 2023 British Grand Prix which was his eighth Grand Prix Win for the season. Starting from the pole position at Silverstone, the Dutchman originally squandered the lead of the race off the line to McLaren`s Lando Norris before reassuming it and claiming the chequered flag. 

Norris himself came home in P2, his joint-best ever result in the sport, whilst fellow home favorite Lewis Hamilton rounded out the podium positions after he had started in seventh place and moved up four spots to claim third. The British driver McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri finished in P4, his best result to date as he continues to impress during his rookie campaign. 

The race was held on the 9th of July at the Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom, marking the tenth race event of the 2023 edition. It was officially dubbed, “F1 Aramco British GP 2023”. The race saw a record 480 000 fans in attendance. The highly favored to win, Max Verstappen attained the fastest lap whilst Lando Norris led the first 4 laps with Verstappen taking the lead from there on till the last lap [lap 52]. Just before the race, Max Verstappen was leading the race by 81 points from his counterpart, Sergio Perez with Fernando Alonso taking third place, 17 points behind Perez. The Red Bulls were leading the rest of the teams by 199 points and Ashton Martin by 202 points. Red Bull Racing Team reached 11 consecutive Grand Prix, tallying with McLaren`s record from 1988.   

Three practice sessions were held for the event. They were characterized by two-hour sessions on the 7th of July and a one-hour practice session on the eighth. Max performed incredibly during the first two practice sessions. The qualifying session was then held on the 8th of July which saw massive improvements from Norris and Piastri. 

Much of the attention was focused on McLaren`s improvements with Norris immediately outshining Verstappen at the start of the race only for Verstappen to take over through the use of the Drag Reduction System. The race was threatened by mentions of race however the showers weren’t strong enough to invoke the usage of wet tires. As a result of the warning, a number of drivers resorted to changing their tires. Magnusen`s car caught fire and this led to the arrival of the virtual safety car and the eventual retirement of Kevin in the race. 

After the safety car restart, Max continued leading the pack straight up to victory which was his first British Grand Prix victory and his second at Silverstone after his win at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in 2020. The event also marked incredible joy and performance from Norris which marked McLaren`s first podium victory since the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. He ultimately became the driver of the day. 

An Overview of Lap Leaders:

An Overview of Constructors` Standings:

1Oracle Red Bull Racing411
2Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team203
3Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team181
4Scuderia Ferrari161
5McLaren F1 Team59
6BWT Alpine F1 Team47
7Haas F1 Team11
9Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake9
10Scuderia AlphaTauri2

An Overview of Drivers` Standings:

1Max Verstappen255
2Sergio Perez156
3Fernando Alonso137
4Lewis Hamilton121
5Carlos Sainz83
6George Russell82
7Charles Leclerc74
8Lance Stroll44
9Lando Norris42
10Esteban Ocon31