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The phony war is over and it will soon be time to discover who’s hot and who’s not on the 2023 Formula 1 grid.

Red Bull ended last season in dominant shape, winning all bar one of the grands prix in the second half of the 22-round championship. Because of that – and their 2021 budget cap breach – they have less time to spend on developing their RB19. Will that allow Ferrari and Mercedes to reduce their advantage?

Last year Max Verstappen won a record-breaking 15 races on his way to the title. With a record-breaking 23 rounds on the 2023 F1 calendar, if Red Bull’s rivals don’t step up, we could witness a rout of even greater proportions.

There’s plenty of intrigue beyond the likely front-runners. Not least, whether the likes of Aston Martin and Alpine will be able to emulate McLaren by snatching the occasional podium – or perhaps more.

On top of that we have the addition of three newcomers – plus potentially a fourth to come – and the return of the most experienced driver never to stand on the podium, Nico Hulkenberg.

Will the new season surprise or disappoint? How well can we tell what’s coming? It’s time to put our regular pre-season questions to the RaceFans readership.

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20 questions on the 2023 F1 season

1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?

Gasly posted the first retirement of last season 2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?

3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?

4. How many races will Red Bull win?

5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?

6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?

7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?

8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?

9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?

Las Vegas, 2022 Track data: Las Vegas Street Circuit 10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?

11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?

12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?

13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?

14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?

15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?

16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?

17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?

18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?

19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?

  • Williams (0%)
  • AlphaTauri (0%)
  • Haas (2%)
  • Aston Martin (0%)
  • Alfa Romeo (0%)
  • McLaren (0%)
  • Alpine (1%)
  • Mercedes (9%)
  • Ferrari (10%)
  • Red Bull (77%)

Total Voters: 106

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20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?

  • Logan Sargeant (1%)
  • Alexander Albon (0%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (0%)
  • Nyck de Vries (0%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (1%)
  • Fernando Alonso (3%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Guanyu Zhou (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Oscar Piastri (0%)
  • Lando Norris (0%)
  • Pierre Gasly (1%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • George Russell (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (9%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (10%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Max Verstappen (74%)

Total Voters: 106

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Over to you

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2022 Mercedes’ poor start to 2022 surprised many Share your answers to our 20 questions on the 2023 season in the comments below.

How well did you predict last season? Dominant champions Red Bull were only your third pick to win the constructors’ title, and a majority tipped Hamilton to take the drivers’ crown. Take a look back on your predictions from 2022 and more past seasons here:

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