The 2023 season has started and we are 3 races into the season the season has given the fans a few surprises so far. Red Bull sits on top comfortably with 3 wins, 5 podiums, and 123 points followed by Aston Martin at 66 points, which is a wildcard in the top ranks this year. Last year’s runners-up, Ferrari sits in 4th position behind 6X WCC champions Mercedes in 3rd place.
In the driver’s standings, it is pretty clear that 2X WDC champion Max Verstappen is miles ahead of the rest of the grid with 2 wins and 3 podiums with 69 points. He is followed by his teammate, Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez with 1 win, 2 podiums, and 54 points. At 4th place sits Spanish driver and 2X WDC champion from Aston Martin, Fernando Alonso, who has appeared on the podium in all three races till now and has 45 points. His rival, Lewis Hamilton comes behind him in 5th place with 38 points.
Why does Red Bull have the fastest cars?
It is apparent from the points distribution that Oracle Red Bull’s RB19 is the fastest car on the grid. 7X WDC champion Lewis Hamilton said “I’ve never seen a car so fast.” referring to the RB19. Red Bull seems to have to use its engineering expertise well. Paired with a Honda engine, the RB19 is arguably the fastest car on the grid, especially in the hands of Max Verstappen.
What makes the car more efficient than the others is the braking system. To prevent a car from tilting forward during braking, the front suspension’s top wishbone is designed to have a higher mounting point at the front compared to the rear. A bigger angle translates into more resistance and therefore, better braking.
Anti-squat technology is used in the rear suspension to stop the vehicle from squatting during acceleration. This is not devoid of disadvantages though, the anti-dive makes it easier to lock up the brakes at the front of the car.
One area where the RB19 vehicle has advanced over the RB18 from the 2022 season is in the DRS sector. Red Bull’s advantage over its competitors in Jeddah for speed at the end of the straight was negligible when neither team used DRS, but it increased significantly when both teams used it.
I did wonder if they had some suspension tricks as pace always comes from more than one thing, so something like this plus Newey aero no wonder it’s a rocket ship. My guess is the carbon fibre boys have managed to make the parts work without being heavy— david clark (@djlc78) April 8, 2023
The RB19, matched with the incredible precision of Max Verstappen is undoubtedly the fastest car on the grid. Sergio Perez’s RB19 is second up after the 2X Champion and is followed by Fernando Alonso’s AMR23. The 2023 season is a promising one and will have 24 races with the inclusion of the brand-new Las Vegas street circuit. The competition seems tight in the midfield and upper field with Ferrari, Mercedes, and Aston Martin fighting for the ‘best of the rest‘ spot.