F1 Schedule 2023 Recap at the Break

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Following another dominant victory for Max Verstappen at the Belgian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 midseason break is here, so now is the perfect time for my F1 schedule 2023 recap. 

With 12 races down and 10 to go, Verstappen holds a seemingly unassailable lead at the summit of the World Drivers’ Championship standings, having chalked up eight consecutive wins in the lead-up to the break. However, the Red Bull superstar cannot afford to rest on his laurels. 

My F1 schedule 2023 recap looks back at the season so far and also looks ahead at what’s to come. On top of that, I assess the latest Formula 1 odds and discuss the best F1 futures to target.

F1 Schedule 2023 Recap – What’s Happened So Far This Season?

To say that Red Bull has dominated the first half of the 2023 Formula 1 season would be a colossal understatement. Indeed, Red Bull has won all 12 races this year, with Verstappen triumphing on 10 occasions. 

Sergio Perez won two of the first four races, but Verstappen has controlled proceedings since then, securing eight successive victories between May and July. As a result, the reigning world champion is already in pole position to defend his crown in 2023. 

Before we dive any further into my F1 schedule 2023 recap, let’s check out the current World Drivers’ Championship standings.

  • Max Verstappen (314 points) 
  • Sergio Perez (189 points) 
  • Fernando Alonso (149 points) 
  • Lewis Hamilton (148 points) 
  • Charles Leclerc (99 points)
  • George Russell (99 points) 
  • Carlos Sainz (92 points) 
  • Lando Norris (69 points) 
  • Lance Stroll (47 points) 
  • Esteban Ocon (35 points)

The latest World Drivers’ Championship standings tell you everything you need to know about Verstappen’s dominance this year. Not only does he sit 125 points clear of Perez, but he also finds himself 165 points ahead of Fernando Alonso in third place. 

With 25 points awarded to the winner of each Grand Prix, Verstappen looks destined to break the record for most points in a single Formula 1 season, which he set last year by racking up 454 points en route to clinching his maiden F1 title. 

Now that you’re up to speed on the World Drivers’ Championship standings, here are the current World Constructors’ Championship standings.

2023 WORLD CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

  • Red Bull (503 points) 
  • Mercedes (247 points) 
  • Aston Martin (196 points) 
  • Ferrari (191 points) 
  • McLaren (103 points)
  • Alpine (57 points) 
  • Williams (11 points) 
  • Haas (11 points) 
  • Alfa Romeo (9 points) 
  • AlphaTauri (3 points)

Unsurprisingly, Red Bull is miles clear at the World Constructors’ Championship summit. Verstappen and Perez have collected a whopping 503 points between them, while Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have picked up 247 points for Mercedes. 

Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren are the only other teams to have registered 100+ points in 2023. At the opposite end of the spectrum, AlphaTauri sits rock bottom of the standings after notching a measly three points this season.

Latest 2023 Formula 1 Odds

This F1 schedule 2023 recap would not be complete without a look at the latest outright odds. Due to Verstappen’s dominance, the bookies have removed the runaway leader from most betting markets, including the outright title market. 

Instead, most sportsbooks allow you to wager on the winner of the championship while excluding Verstappen. Essentially, this market gives you the chance to predict which driver will finish second in the final standings. 

As the second phase of the season draws closer, the bookies will release more odds for a range of different markets. In the meantime, let’s check out the current prices to win the championship without Verstappen.

2023 F1 Outright Odds (Without Verstappen)

  • Sergio Perez (-400) 
  • Lewis Hamilton (+275) 
  • Fernando Alonso (+3300) 
  • Lando Norris (+10000) 
  • Charles Leclerc (+25000) 
  • George Russell (+25000) 
  • Carlos Sainz (+50000) 
  • Oscar Piastri (+50000) 
  • Alex Albon (+500000)
  • Esteban Ocon (+500000) 
  • Guanyu Zhou (+500000) 
  • Kevin Magnussen (+500000) 
  • Lance Stroll (+500000) 
  • Logan Sargeant (+500000) 
  • Nico Hulkenberg (+500000) 
  • Pierre Gasly (+500000) 
  • Valtteri Bottas (+500000) 
  • Yuki Tsunoda (+500000)

As you can see, Perez is the favorite to win the championship without Verstappen. In addition to winning two of the opening four races, the Mexican registered three P2 finishes and two P3 finishes across the first 12 races. 

Trailing Perez by 41 points in the standings, Hamilton looks like a good bet at +275. The seven-time champion has recorded four podium finishes this year and achieved six top-four finishes in seven races before the break. 

Despite sitting third in the standings – one point above Hamilton – Alonso is priced at +3300 to finish second. The Spaniard enjoyed six podiums across the opening eight races but has failed to claim a top-three finish since then. 

Best Formula 1 Futures to Target

At the time of writing my F1 schedule 2023 recap, most sportsbooks have only the above Formula 1 betting market on offer. The bookies are currently revising their odds ahead of the second phase of the season, so be sure to keep an eye out for emerging markets in the coming weeks. 

The “without Verstappen” market offers decent value, although Perez’s price of -400 is probably too low to bother with. With that in mind, I recommend jumping on Hamilton’s price of +275, as the Mercedes man is more than capable of overtaking Perez in the standings. 

Let’s not forget that Hamilton won six championships in seven years between 2014 and 2020, setting countless records along the way. Of course, Mercedes has struggled to keep pace with Red Bull in recent times, but Hamilton knows what it takes to close the gap.

Wrapping Up My F1 Schedule 2023 Recap

That concludes my F1 schedule 2023 recap. If you didn’t know already, Verstappen is well on his way to securing a second successive title. However, Formula 1 is renowned for dishing up drama, so who knows what will happen after the break? 

If you enjoyed my F1 schedule 2023 recap, be sure to return to Sports Hub for more Formula 1 betting advice for this and beyond. The Dutch Grand Prix kick-starts the second phase of the season on August 27, and I will be back with my picks for that race. 

For the time being, why not explore my F1 betting strategy guide and brush up on your skills in preparation for a thrilling end of the 2023 campaign?

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