This current long time off leaves F1 fans plenty to ruminate on. Some have started tuning out as Max Verstappen and Red Bull are all but sure to win their respective titles. But there is still enough F1 news to create intrigue. Each team and driver have goals outside of winning. From some Red Bull drama to a classic rivalry rekindled, here are the top F1 storylines for the rest of 2023.
Red Bull Hunts Perfection Amidst Drama
Every dynasty shares the same similarity of achieving dominance despite all the tensions within the team. The 1990s saw the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Cowboys win three titles each despite some turmoil. The 2000s had the Los Angeles Lakers win three straight titles despite an ongoing feud between its two superstars.
Now, F1’s Red Bull team sees something similar. Verstappen continues to dominate and make F1 predictions stale. Yet his running mate continues to grow unhappy. Sergio “Checo” Perez continues to make less-than-enthusiastic comments about the team.
That brings into question Perez’s future with the team. Daniel Ricciardo returned to F1 for Alpha Tauri, adding more intrigue. The former Red Bull driver could be back with the Austrian team at Perez’s expense. And of course, there is that early rumor that the team wants Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to replace Perez.
Whatever the case, bet online on Verstappen to continue winning every race. His goal now is to make history for both he and the team. Everyone else can set their own goals outside of winning.
Hamilton vs Alonso Like It’s 2007
Once upon a time, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were teammates. Alonso was a defending back-to-back champion with Renault when he paired with a rookie Hamilton in Mercedes. The latter superseded Alonso and went on to win seven world titles as Alonso bounced around teams. Now, they’re duking it out close to the standings.
Just one point separates Alonso and Hamilton in the driver standings. Alonso started stronger with five podium finishes in his first six races. However, Hamilton has the momentum and has finished ahead of Alonso in five of their last six races.
The F1 odds give Hamilton a significantly better chance of finishing second ahead of Alonso. Aston Martin has been left behind with the upgrades to Mercedes and the other constructors. Even if Alonso continues to race well above his car’s capabilities, he’ll be hard-pressed to beat his old rival in the long term.
Norris vs Piastri: McLaren’s “Good” Problem
Speaking of teammates trying to outdo each other, McLaren now has that same scenario as Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri have been going at it. The former has the edge, finishing ahead of his teammate in the last four races. But Piastri is also just a rookie and could find himself in the top 10 if he keeps it up.
Most F1 picks would still take Norris over Piastri in a head-to-head. The sportsbook has Norris available for betting as the 23-year-old has an outside shot at finishing in the top six if he can keep racking up podium points. But Piastri has shown plenty of flashes and could have easily had a pair of third-placed finishes with better luck.
McLaren remains a distant fifth place thanks to its poor start. But judging by the last three races, the British constructor could be the second-best team on the grid. Now, it has two drivers hungry to make a statement and that’s a good thing.