Verstappen Clinches 2023 F1 Championship

   Oct 09,2023

Max Verstappen secured his third F1 world championship title by finishing second in the Qatar GP sprint. Following his commanding victory at the Japanese GP, the Red Bull Racing driver needed only three points more than his teammate Sergio Perez to claim the championship. Verstappen achieved this milestone even before the sprint concluded, thanks to Perez's Lap 11 crash, which resulted from contact with Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg.


The action-packed Qatar sprint also provided McLaren with reasons to celebrate, as Oscar Piastri notched his inaugural F1 win, while Lando Norris secured third place on the podium.

Piastri Shines with First-Ever F1 Win

With the revitalized MCL60 at his disposal, Piastri secured pole position for the sprint race, outpacing both Norris and Verstappen. All three drivers made the strategic choice to begin the race on medium tires, in contrast to competitors like George Russell and the Ferrari pair of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, who opted for the more aggressive soft tires.

The occurrence of two rapid-fire Safety Car re-starts played into the hands of those on soft tires, allowing Russell to snatch the lead from Piastri momentarily. However, the McLaren driver staged a remarkable comeback, ultimately regaining the top spot. As the race progressed, the pace of the soft tire runners dwindled in the latter part, shifting the advantage back in Piastri's favor.

Verstappen had aimed to clinch his third F1 title in a triumphant fashion, eyeing victory in the sprint race. Nevertheless, he could only close the gap by a few tenths in the final stages and had to settle for a second-place finish.

Verstappen's Hat-Trick in F1 title

Following a season marked by record-breaking performances, Verstappen has secured the 2023 F1 world championship with an impressive six Grand Prix remaining. This remarkable achievement also places him in the exclusive company of just five drivers in history to claim three consecutive F1 titles, joining the illustrious ranks of Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton.

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