In-house rivalry brewing at Red Bull

After the first four rounds of the 2023 Formula One World Championship, Red Bull Racing is already in a dominant position with its two drivers at the top of the Drivers’ Championship, and the team sitting on more than double the points of the next best team in the competition for the Constructors’ title.

Reigning champion Max Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez have each won two races, meaning the title fight is very close between the two Red Bull drivers. However, a total of 19 rounds remain, meaning a lot can still change over the course of the season.

In a surprise outcome this season, Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso has proven to be the biggest threat to the Red Bull duo. In his debut season with Aston Martin, Alonso has already finished on the podium three times, taking third in each of the races run in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.

Ferrari continues to show impressive performance, though drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have been held back from moving up the points ladder due to reliability issues and crashes. The same can’t be said about Mercedes-Benz AMG, which hasn’t managed to improve the pace of its car so far this season, though there have been runs where the cars looked as fast as the Ferraris and Aston Martins, the latter also running Mercedes power units.

At the other end of the spectrum, McLaren’s Oscar Piastri has become the first of the season’s three rookie drivers to score some points. Piastri scored four points after finishing eighth at the Australian Grand Prix. The other rookies are Williams’ Logan Sargeant and AlphaTauri’s Nyck De Vries.

Below are the 2023 F1 Drivers’ Championship standings

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – 93 points
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – 87 points
3) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin – 60 points
4) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 48 points
5) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari – 34 points
6) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – 28 points
7) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 28 points
8) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – 27 points
9) Lando Norris, McLaren – 10 points
10) Nico Hulkenberg, Haas – 6 points
11) Oscar Piastri, McLaren – 4 points
12) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo – 4 points
13) Esteban Ocon, Alpine – 4 points
14) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri – 4 points
15) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo – 2 points
16) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri – 2 points
17) Alexander Albon, Williams – 1 point
18) Kevin Magnussen, Haas – 1 point
19) Logan Sargeant, Williams – 0 points
20) Nyck De Vries, AlphaTauri – 0 points

Below are the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship standings:

1) Red Bull Racing – 180 points
2) Aston Martin – 87 points
3) Mercedes-Benz AMG – 76 points
4) Ferrari – 62 points
5) McLaren – 14 points
6) Alpine – 8 points
7) Haas – 7 points
8) Alfa Romeo – 6 points
9) AlphaTauri – 2 points
10) Williams – 1 point

Below are the 2023 F1 season race winners:

Bahrain Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing
Australian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing
Miami Grand Prix – TBD
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – TBD
Monaco Grand Prix – TBD
Spanish Grand Prix – TBD
Canadian Grand Prix – TBD
Austrian Grand Prix – TBD
British Grand Prix – TBD
Hungarian Grand Prix – TBD
Belgian Grand Prix – TBD
Dutch Grand Prix – TBD
Italian Grand Prix – TBD
Singapore Grand Prix – TBD
Japanese Grand Prix – TBD
Qatar Grand Prix – TBD
United States Grand Prix – TBD
Mexican Grand Prix – TBD
Brazilian Grand Prix – TBD
Las Vegas Grand Prix – TBD
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – TBD

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