2023 F1 team rankings are done, and with this final edition of this segment, just which team has secured the true runner-up spot?
Well, if you read the headline, you already know the answer, but of course there are other places to work out to close out the season in style.
Of course for one last time, a disclaimer. With any power rankings, these are subjective and based purely on opinion mixed with results. Are these 100 per cent accurate? Inside my mind, yes! Outside of it, no. But it’s a nice way to spark some discussion, showcase some form and allow a conversation that brings F1 fans closer together – and maybe also further apart at the same time.
Are these 100 per cent accurate? Inside my mind, yes! Outside of it, no. But it’s a nice way to spark some discussion, showcase some form and allow a conversation that brings F1 fans closer together – and maybe also further apart at the same time.
Fun, right? Always!
Now that’s over with, let’s get to the rankings.
10. Alfa Romeo (-)
The last time we will see Alfa Romeo on the grid for the foreseeable future didn’t end in the way they would’ve liked. A typical season though for the team, starting off decently before fading into obscurity. Be great to see the return of the Sauber name to the grid in 2024, even if that itself will be temporary.
9. Haas (-)
Similar to Alfa Romeo above in which the season started off well, and then just disappeared. Once again strong qualifying amounted to nothing, and the American team struggled to make an impact. The story of their season.
8. Williams (-1)
Pipped at the end in the rankings by AlphaTauri but ultimately ended the season above them in the Constructor’s Championship. Alex Albon completely obliterated Logan Sargeant all year and solidified his place as a true star of the sport. Sargeant now waits to see if he will be back next year, but probably has done enough to at least warrant one more season.
7. AlphaTauri (+1)
A bit of a shocker for our Dan in Abu Dhabi, Yuki Tsunoda on the other hand qualified incredible well in sixth before dropping back to eighth in the race for a couple of points. Also became only the second ever Japanese driver to lead a race, which was great to see. Of course this was also the last race for the AlphaTauri name in Formula 1, here’s hoping the rumoured change to ‘Racing Bulls’ won’t materialise and we get something a bit better.
6. Alpine (-2)
Not the best race for the French team with no points being scored in a race for the first time since Italy. Still it was a solid enough season for them, albeit one that did see them drop back the teams ahead of them.
5. Aston Martin (+1)
Let’s go back to the beginning of the season when Aston Martin were the clear number two team in the sport. Would you have thought that they would end up on this list as the fifth best team? Doubtful. But there was the mid-season drop, mixed with a few solid results at the end of the year and enough in Abu Dhabi to see them leap over Alpine to finish in the top five. That money that has been invested has gone somewhere though, so let’s hope it can continue to push them forward for 2024.
(Photo by Aston Martin)
4. Mercedes (+1)
The end of season form for Mercedes wasn’t great but they were still extremely consistent and did what they needed to do to secure the runner-up spot in the Championship. Still, for them it was a disappointing season, with this being the first season since 2011 not to feature a Mercedes car winning a race. 2024 can only get better.
(Photo by LAT Images)
3. McLaren (-)
A strong qualifying amounted to nothing for the Woking team but their form was still strong enough to claim a top three spot on this list at the end of the year. If McLaren can take the form Britain onwards this season and maintain it all next year, we may have a bit more of a closer gap to the top of the standings.
2. Ferrari (-)
Despite having bigger dips in form throughout the season than Mercedes, Ferrari definitely ended the season far better than their rivals. That is enough for me to put them as the ‘true’ second best team in F1 in 2023. Plus they were the only team other than Red Bull to win a race, so that too counts for something.
1. Red Bull (-)
What more can be said that hasn’t already been said? To me I’m actually somewhat disappointed they didn’t win in Singapore as to see one team win every race in a single season would’ve been arguably the greatest achievement ever in the history of Formula 1. Still, they’ve got next year to try right?
What do you think of these rankings? Do you agree with the positions? Let me know what you think in the comments below.