Max Verstappen dominates in record-breaking Formula One season

A breathtaking 2023 Formula One season came to an end over the weekend and it finished just like it started – with a Max Verstappen win.

In the least surprising news of the year, Verstappen was finally crowned champion as he raced to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Following another thrilling season, we’ve taken a look at all the key moments.

Verstappen makes it three in a row

Verstappen was close to unstoppable in 2023 as he ran away with the title. The 26-year-old won his third consecutive Formula One Championship with ease, winning 19 of the 22 races during the season.

The Red Bull driver finished almost 300 points clear of team-mate Sergio Perez in second place and he never really looked like being stopped after winning the season opener in Bahrain.

Verstappen’s win in Italy back in September was his 10th in a row and broke the Formula One record for most consecutive race wins. Meanwhile, his 86.4% win rate broke a record that has stood since 1952.

It wasn’t quite a faultless season for Verstappen, who finished second in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, a disappointing fifth-place finish in Singapore is all that prevented him from finishing on the podium in every single race in 2023.

Formula 1 racing at the 2023 British Grand Prix in Silverstone

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How did the rest of the grid get on?

Perez finished second in the standings to ensure a comfortable win for Red Bull. The Mexican driver won both races that Verstappen came second in, as well as finishing on the podium on seven other occasions.

This season was the best of Perez’s career. The 33-year-old came third last year while the previous two seasons saw him just miss out on the top three in fourth.

Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton finished in third this time around following a steady if unspectacular campaign. The seven-time champion finished on the podium six times, including second-place finishes in Australia, Spain and Mexico.

Although he didn’t win a race, it’s an improvement on his sixth-place finish of 2022. Hamilton will be 39 when next season gets underway but he’s always maintained that he wants to win a record eighth championship before calling it a day.

It remains to be seen if that will be the case and with Verstappen in his current form, Hamilton may be waiting a while to eclipse Michael Schumacher in the all-time standings.

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso finished in fourth, swiftly followed by Charles Leclerc. British drivers Lando Norris and George Russell finished sixth and eighth respectively.

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz Jr, who came seventh, was the only driver other than Verstappen and Perez to win a race. The Spaniard came out on top in Singapore, with Norris and Hamilton making up the podium.

Looking ahead to the 2024 season

We’ve barely had a chance to catch our breath following an action-packed season but all eyes are already looking ahead to 2024. The drivers have a few months to enjoy a much-needed break before preparing for the season opener in Bahrain on 2nd March.

There are 24 races scheduled, with the British Grand Prix set to return to Silverstone in July. Once again, the season will come to a close in Abu Dhabi, with the final race of the year taking place on 8th December next year.

Verstappen is targeting a fourth consecutive title and the early odds would suggest he’s well on track to do so. But there’s a long way to go before that and whatever happens on the track, we’re set for another unforgettable season in 2024.

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How will the 2024 F1 Grid line up?

The 2023 Formula 1 season has been an interesting one to say the least. With eighteen races down and only five more to go, we can now start thinking about the 2024 season after Max Verstappen clinched his third consecutive Driver’s Championship in Qatar. The Dutchman has dominated all season but can he repeat his astonishing form in 2024? And what other changes might we see on the F1 grid next season?

After a season of Red Bull dominance, it will be the same pair that take their place on the grid in 2024 as both Verstappen and Sergio Perez are confirmed to race again next year. Red Bull’s closest rivals this season, Mercedes, once again confirm that the British pairing of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will be battling it out to see if they have any chance of regaining the top spot for the first time since 2021.

After a relatively disappointing 2022 season, Hamilton has, so-far, had an improved 2023 season currently sitting in 3rd place in the Driver’s standings. With that said, the Briton still hasn’t won since 2021 and unless he can find that form that we were so used to seeing two years ago, could his time at the top be petering out?

The majority of seats are confirmed in the 2024 F1 paddock, however, it remains to be seen who Alex Albon will be paired up with as Williams are yet to confirm who their number 2 driver will be next season. With American driver Logan Sargent yet to impress, it remains to be seen whether or not he will secure his seat for next season’s championship.

Williams’ team principal James Vowles has said he is willing to wait until the end of the season to reach a conclusion on Sargent’s future with the team. The F1 rookie has had a tough season so far and there are plenty of candidates who could potentially take his place including Liam Lawson, Mick Schumacher and F2 2022 champion Felipe Drugovich. Not to mention the possibility of the Indycar drivers making the transition to F1 including Colton Herta, Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward.

It will be interesting to see how Sargent will respond at the US Grand Prix this weekend as he fights for his seat in front of a home crowd.

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An astonishing 1.8 second pitstop saw a new world record for McLaren in Qatar as they announced that they were sticking with Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris for another season, although not without any drama.

After being frustrated with performance in early 2023, it caused transfer rumours to fly but after an upgrade, Norris made his commitment to the team for the 2024 season. Piastri has also had his contract extended after being signed from Alpine in 2022, dousing out the hopes of any McLaren Indycar drivers making an easy move to F1.

Elsewhere, although there may be no retirements towards the end of the 2023 season, Lewis Hamilton (38), Fernando Alonso (42) and Nico Hulkenburg (36) are all nearing the end of their careers and it remains to be seen whether they will pull the plug on their motorsport futures at the end of 2024. With Hamilton’s contract spanning until 2025 and Alonso on a multi-year deal with Aston Martin, we are unlikely to see the pair leave the grid in 2024.

However, Hulkenburg’s contract with Haas will run out in 2024 meaning we could see the German’s time as a regular face in F1 come to an end?

Perhaps it is too early to make predictions for next season, what with this year’s campaign not even wrapped up. However, it is without doubt that all eyes will be on Max Verstappen and Red Bull examining whether the Dutchman can keep up his magnificent individual form alongside the frightening Red Bull dominance, having only lost one race so far in 2023. Or will we see more fight from Ferrari and Mercedes in 2024? Perhaps with another year’s experience for McLaren’s youngsters we may see them battling it out at the top of the standings.

If any other team is to stand a chance of battling for the top spot in the Constructors Championship, they have to work out how to beat Red Bull first. If you want to see how the F1 grid in 2024 will line up live, check out Engage Hospitality to watch it from the best seats in the house.

Record-Breaking Weekend for Max in Monza

As F1 fans across the globe tuned in to watch the famous Italian Grand Prix in Monza, they witnessed an all too familiar race that has unfolded this season. In red hot form, Dutchman Max Verstappen once again took the chequered flag in front of a full capacity grandstand, as he surpassed Sebastian Vettel’s record for the most consecutive Grand Prix wins having now won an astonishing 10 races on the bounce.

It was Max Verstappen once again who took the win in the Lombardy region of Italy, in one of the Grand Prix’s oldest races. The Dutchman found himself starting the race in second place as it was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz who went fastest in qualifying with his teammate Charles Leclerc making up the top three.

After a delayed start when Yuki Tsunoda broke down on the formation lap, normal service resumed when Verstappen took the lead from Sainz 15 laps in and just two laps later, he already had a 1.5 second lead. It remained that way for much of the race as Red Bull reigned supreme once again with a 1-2.

Teammate Sergio Perez got the better of Sainz to gain maximum points in the Constructors Championship. Sainz rounded off the top three with his Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc, just behind in fourth. Mercedes’ George Russell was 5th followed by Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen won by six seconds in the end seeing himself go 145 points clear at the top of the Driver Standings. Red Bull continued their domination in the Constructors Championship going 310 points clear of Mercedes.

So how soon could Max win the Championship? If he continues his unbeaten run he could win it by the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on the 24th September, breaking Michael Schumacher’s record by claiming the title with seven races remaining. This would be a feat that many would struggle to match as the Dutchman will have won 14 out of 16 races, with his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez picking up the other two.

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The Best Ever? 

There is always a big debate in Formula 1 as with any sport, of who is the greatest of all time?

One man that is definitely in that conversation is of course Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver has won the World Drivers’ Championship a joint most seven times along with Michael Schumacher. In a recent interview, the Brit said he would not be retiring until he gets his eighth title, which if it comes true, will be an extremely difficult task for Max to match.

Although time is most definitely on Verstappen’s side, Red Bull’s main man is only 25, and with the average F1 age of retirement being 36, there are still many more years for the Dutchman to put his name firmly at the top.

So can we start describing Verstappen as the best ever already? Well it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, especially if he wraps up the Championship by the end of September.  His name is already being thrown around with the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. The latter of whom has not had the greatest season with his Mercedes team.

Hamilton finds himself 4th in the Driver Standings as Red Bull dominate the Constructors Championship with 14 wins out of 14. With that said, Verstappen’s 47 total wins seem like rookie numbers compared to Hamilton’s record of 103 Grand Prix wins.

Is it going to take at least 104 wins for Verstappen to class himself as the best ever, even having broken Vettel’s record for consecutive wins? The earliest an F1 title has been decided was in 2002 when Schumacher clinched it by winning the French Grand Prix after 11 races in a 17 race season. Verstappen could go one better if he wins in Suzuka, winning the season with seven races remaining.

One record down, how many more will he break? Can he prove his status as the best ever this season or does he need a few more years at the top to really cement himself? Why not find out from the best seats in the house with Engage Hospitality.

Formula 1: The race to finish second to Max Verstappen

We’re just over halfway through the Formula 1 season but barring the unlikeliest of comebacks, Max Verstappen’s name is already on the trophy.

The Red Bull driver has swept all before him so far this year, winning 10 races and finishing on the podium in the other two. Verstappen has almost double the points of his closest rival and is well on track to claiming his third consecutive world title.

Despite his dominance, the race is still on to finish second so we’ve taken a look at the runner-up contenders.

The battle for second place

There are 10 races remaining in the F1 season, with the Dutch Grand Prix up next on 27th August. As it stands, Sergio Perez is on track to finish second and is the only driver other than Verstappen to win a race this year.

The Mexican came out on top in both Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, while he’s also finished on the podium on five other occasions. Perez has never won the championship, with his third-place finish last year the best of his career so far.

Elsewhere, just one point separates old rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the standings. The pair have respectively finished on the podium six and four times this season and if they can up their game and get a few wins under their belt, there’s every chance either one of them can leapfrog Perez into second place.

Charles Leclerc sits in fifth with three podium finishes and the 2022 runner-up will have ambitions of matching his finish from last year. Meanwhile, a late contender could be rising up the ranks in the form of Lando Norris.

The McLaren driver sits in eighth but he’s come into a bit of form of late, finishing second in two of the last three races, including a stunning performance at Silverstone where he finished just 3.798 seconds behind Verstappen.

Formula 1 racing at the 2023 British Grand Prix in Silverstone

Struggles for Hamilton and Mercedes

Rewind a few years and it would have been unthinkable to imagine an F1 season without Hamilton winning a race. Yet the 38-year-old has picked up where he left off, having failed to pick up a single win last year.

He’s yet to taste victory in 2023 and as he enters the twilight of his career, there are huge fears that his best years are behind him.

It’s not all bad for Hamilton. He currently sits fourth in the rankings and has enjoyed four top-three finishes so far in 2023. In fact, three consecutive podiums had threatened to put him back into form and lead a late charge on champion-elect Verstappen’s crown.

The most recent of those came at Silverstone, Hamilton’s spiritual home where he’d won the British Grand Prix in three of the previous four years. Despite falling down into seventh, he managed to fight his way back up the order to end the race in third.

But he’s failed to build on that momentum, missing out on the podium in the most recent two races and looking well off Verstappen’s pace. A disastrous showing at the Hungarian Grand Prix saw Hamilton finish fourth, despite starting the race in pole position.

It remains to be seen who Hamilton will be driving for next year. His Mercedes future is up in the air, with his deal expiring at the end of season, and he’s reportedly received an offer to jump ship and join Ferrari.

Having not won the World Championship since 2020, Hamilton may fancy a fresh start. He’s made it clear he has no intention of retiring until he edges ahead of Michael Schumacher, who he’s currently level with on seven titles. But time is running out for the legend and with Verstappen in a league of his own, Hamilton will have to wait until 2024 before he can finish on top for a record eighth time.

Watch the rest of the Formula 1 season in style

There are still 10 races to go and regardless of Verstappen’s lead, every single Grand Prix guarantees unmissable drama.

We offer exclusive hospitality packages for every single race, so why not join us and enjoy the action from the best seats in the house.

Lando Norris driving McLaren MCL60 at the Formula 1

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2024 Calendar: F1 steer towards a more sustainable schedule

Formula 1 reveal their biggest schedule ever for 2024

On Wednesday it was announced that next year’s Formula 1 campaign will be the longest season ever. The new campaign will start in Bahrain on March 2 and run through to December 8 when the season concludes in Abu Dhabi.

The schedule marks the return of the Chinese Grand-Prix on the calendar for the first time since 2019. Due to uncertainty over the Covid situation in the country this year the race had to be cancelled, but will go ahead in the 2024 season now that restrictions have been lifted. Along with the Emilia Romagna Grand-Prix which is also back on the calendar after being postponed this year due to flooding in the region, the season will the longest ever with 24-races in total.

Formula 1 have also actively taken decisions with awareness of Ramadan too meaning the first two races of the calendar in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will be held on a Saturday.

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Tackling sustainability

The other noteworthy change to next season’s schedule is Formula 1’s clear intention to reduce the volume of travelling throughout the season in an attempt to make the season more sustainable.

Through the development of sustainable fuel, pushing the usage of single-use plastics and reducing the amount of travel required over the season, F1 have committed to becoming Net Zero Carbon by 2030.

These ambitious plans involve all the teams, promoters and broadcasters working in unison to reduce the sport’s large carbon footprint. Therefore, despite the need to travel across the globe, F1 have designed their 2024 calendar in a way that will reduce the amount of travelling between each race.

As part of these changes the Japanese Grand-Prix has been moved back to April in order to go back-to-back with China. Azerbaijan will also be moved to September to be twinned with Singapore in 2024 and Qatar has been joined up with Abu Dhabi in order to give the season an efficient and condensed flow of races in certain regions. As a result this will reduce the levels of travel involved throughout the season and help to promote more sustainable practices in the sport going forward.

However, the plan to reduce their carbon footprint has been damaged by Canada’s reluctance to work with F1’s plans to reschedule their race in tandem with the Miami Grand-Prix in May. Instead the schedule will see the teams travel back from the United States in May to compete in Italy and Monaco before heading to Montreal in June – forcing them to do two trips across the Atlantic in the space of a month.

Despite these concerns the schedule for 2024 is a vast improvement on previous years in terms of cutting back unnecessary travel and will be a huge step forward in there plans to become more sustainable.

The usual suspects will be in the running for the World Championship title once again in 2024. Red Bull will be the team to beat with Max Verstappen looking very likely to make it a hat trick of championships in 2023, but the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will also be looking to make an impact during the longest F1 season we have ever had in 2024.

Keeping up with tradition, The British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be held around the halfway point of the season within the first weekend of July and you will be able to watch the race unfold with groups of all sizes and incredible trackside views from our ICON facility again next year.

We are also offering incredible packages across the Formula 1 season at races from Monaco and Las Vegas to Australia and Canada so get in touch today to find out more!

Formula 1 Calendar 2024

Round 1 – Bahrain – Feb 29 – Mar 2

Round 2 – Saudi Arabia – March 7-9

Round 3 – Australia – March 22-24

Round 4 – Japan – April 5-7

Round 5 – China – April 19-21

Round 6 – Miami – May 3-5

Round 7 – Emilia Romagna – May 17-19

Round 8 – Monaco – May 24-26

Round 9 – Canada – June 7-9

Round 10 – Spain – June 21-23

Round 11 – Austria – June 28-30

Round 12 – United Kingdom – July 5-7

Round 13 – Hungary – July 19-21

Round 14 – Belgium – July 26-28

Round 15 – Netherlands – Aug 23-35

Round 16 – Italy – Aug 30 – Sep 1

Round 17 – Azerbaijan – Sep 13-15

Round 18 – Singapore – Sep 20-22

Round 19 – USA – October 18-20

Round 20 – Mexico – Oct 25-27

Round 21 – Brazil – Nov 1-3

Round 22 – Las Vegas – Nov 21-23

Round 23 – Qatar – Nov 29 – Dec 1

Round 24 – Abu Dhabi – Dec 6-8 

Can Max Verstappen be stopped at the British Grand Prix?

The Formula One season is in full swing and with nine races already chalked off, the standings are starting to take shape. Max Verstappen only won the championship for the first time in 2021 but he seems to have picked up where he left off last time and has started 2023 in fine form.

But there’s a long way to go and with the British Grand Prix taking place this weekend, Lewis Hamilton will be hoping his fortunes turn around on familiar territory. Ahead of the showpiece event at Silverstone, we’ve delved deeper into how the Formula One season has unfolded.

The story so far

We’re not even halfway through the season but if form has anything to do with it, Verstappen already looks to have one hand on the trophy. The reigning champion has come racing out of the blocks in 2023, winning six of the first eight races and coming second in the other two.

Verstappen has dominated the track so far and was particularly comfortable in Monaco and Spain, winning both races by more than 24 seconds. The 25-year-old is way out in front on 229 points, with Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez in second after winning in both Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

Hamilton’s former team-mate Fernando Alonso, who is now with Aston Martin, sits in third having finished on the podium six times so far. Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon and George Russell are the only other three drivers to have finished in the top three.

Despite Verstappen’s explosive start to the season, there are still 13 races left so a lot can change. But it’s looking like his year at the moment as he targets a third consecutive Formula One title.

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How is Lewis Hamilton doing?

Hamilton is yet to win a race this year but he’s going steady at fourth in the rankings. The seven-time champion finished second to Verstappen in Australia in a chaotic race that was dominated by red flags, crashes and safety cars.

Hamilton also finished runner-up in Spain and finds himself 123 points off top, just below Alonso in third. The 38-year-old hasn’t won the championship since 2020 but prior to this season he vowed that he wouldn’t retire until he’s claimed his eighth title.

He’s currently level in the record books with Michael Schumacher and finishing top would make him the most successful driver in Formula One history.

 The British Grand Prix

The season continues this weekend at Silverstone and there are plenty of exciting races to look forward to, including Japan, Las Vegas and the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi.

But as the British Grand Prix edges closer, all eyes will soon be on Silverstone. The pinnacle of the British Formula One calendar takes place on Sunday 9th July, with Hamilton, Verstappen and co. looking to emulate Carlos Sainz Jr’s win in 2022.

Hamilton managed to finish third on home soil last year, recording the fastest lap in the process. He’ll be keen to add to his record eight titles at Silverstone, with his most recent coming in 2021.

The British Grand Prix will take us to near the halfway point of the season and you can watch the action unfold with one of our hospitality experiences. With our ICON facility, private suites and trackside viewpoints, there’s something for everyone, with food and drink packages on offer for groups of all sizes.

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British and Italian classic car icons confirmed for April’s Salon Privé London Concours de Vente

  • Concours de Vente is a unique highlight of Salon Privé London at Royal Hospital Chelsea
  • 75 of the world’s finest collector cars will be on display – and they will all be for sale
  • Latest entries include legendary models from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and AC
  • The Second edition of Salon Privé London is being held on 20-22 April 2023
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Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 April

More entries have been confirmed for the famous Salon Privé London Concours de Vente collector car spectacle. From 20-22 April, 75 of the world’s most iconic classic cars will be on display in the central area of Royal Hospital Chelsea – and in contrast to other concours events, every one of them will be for sale! With three classes – up to £250,000, between £250,000 and £1 million, and over £1 million – awards include best in class prizes and the ultimate Prix d’Honneur, or best in show.

1967 Lamborghini Miura P400

After the inaugural success of 2022, a number of classic car specialists are returning for 2023. Simon Drabble Cars will show a headline-grabbing 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 which has been upgraded to S specification. It is just the 23rd Miura ever built, finished in the classic combination of Rosso Miura over Nero Fintapelle. Registered in Italy, the car travelled to France and then to the United States, before returning to France in the 1990s for a comprehensive restoration – and exhibition at the 2003 Paris Retromobile. It came to the UK in 2013, took part in 2016’s 50th Anniversary Miura Tour in Spain, and in 2020 was added to the collection of a noted collector and Lamborghini VIP client.

For those who prefer an open-top British classic, Classic Motor Hub will be featuring a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, one of just 123 drop-top DB5s to leave the Newport Pagnell factory. Its first owner was high-end shirtmaker Lionel Frank, whose clients fittingly included three James Bond actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore. Passing through several owners through the years, the ‘shabby chic’ DB5 Convertible was used regularly before a full body-off restoration in the early 2010s. Once complete, it lined up at the 2013 Wilton Supercar Day as part of an Aston Martin centenary timeline, and later won Best in Show at the 2015 Bristol Classic Car Show. The history file includes the car’s original factory build sheet, complete pictorial record of its restoration, and an Aston Martin Heritage certificate.

DB5 Convertible

Barkaways will showcase an immaculate 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB that’s covered a mere 17,857km (just over 11,000 miles). Sold new in Italy, it was originally owned by a Fiat dealer principal for many years. The second owner purchased the car, imported it to the UK and commissioned Barkaways for a full restoration in 2014. Upon completion, the Rosso Chiaro car was used as one of the promotional models for Salon Privé Blenheim in 2015 – where it won an award at the Concours event. It is an attainable classic that, like all Concours de Vente cars, is up for sale and can be purchased on the day at Salon Privé London 2023.

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB

A stunning AC Cobra Lightweight will be exhibited by Hendon Way Motors, one of just 44 original and correct lightweights produced. The super-rare 1991 car was built by AutoKraft, the British company that manufactured genuine and fully-licenced AC-badged sports cars throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Founded by Brian Angliss, his cars were so good, AC’s owners sold him the rights to the name in 1986. The Lightweight model was revealed at the 1990 Geneva Salon. Weighing just 1,070kg, this car has an SVO high-performance V8, Holley carburettors and has covered just 2,701 miles. It’s finished in Ford Diamond White with a red stripe, and Salon Privé London’s Concours de Vente presents a rare opportunity to inspect and buy this truly exceptional one-owner vehicle.

1991 AutoKraft AC Cobra LHD Lightweight

Confirming the unique appeal of Concours de Vente, Salon Privé London is attracting a rich gathering of specialist dealers from throughout the classic car industry. Two specialists will be making their Royal Hospital Chelsea debut; Rutland’s Car Iconics and Chelmsford’s J.D Classics will both be bringing fantastic models for sale to the immaculate lawns on the banks of the River Thames.

Other confirmed dealers for Salon Privé London 2023 include Aston Martin specialist RS Williams, online platform Collecting Cars and Ferrari specialist Furlonger Specialist Sports Cars. And be it historic collector cars from Graeme Hunt or luxury cars from Hilton & Moss, the Salon Privé London Concours de Vente has it all.

Salon Privé London is one of the world’s most prestigious automotive events and the sister event to the globally renowned Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace which is now in its 18th year.

Set to be the capital’s most exclusive automotive party, Salon Privé London offers plenty to see and do in addition to the motoring attractions. There will be a luxury shopping village featuring brands such as high-end British Jewellery designer Boodles, and watches from famed luxury brand, Montblanc. Food and hospitality will also be first class, in the famed Salon Privé tradition, with a three-course luncheon, delicious Pommery Champagne, cocktails from the London Essence Co and fine wines from Chateau La Gordonne.  

Further highlights include Friday’s Boodles Ladies’ Day, fun for all the family during Saturday at Salon Privé, plus exclusive VIP hospitality at The Sloane and DJs keeping the party going well into the evening on Thursday and Friday.  

It’s 3 in the US for F1

Since its inaugural season back in 1950, the United States has been a mainstay in Formula One, despite the prominence of other motor racing championships in the country such as NASCAR and IndyCar.

In the sport’s 73-year history, the US ranks 10th on the all-time list of Grand Prixs held, and that number will be further bolstered by the inclusion of three US-based Grand Prixs in 2023, the most in a single season since 1982.

The three races will be held in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas respectively, and are sure to be among the most star-studded races on the F1 calendar, with a host of A-list celebrities guaranteed to be on the grids.

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United States Grand Prix

Date: Sun, 22 Oct, 20:00

Track: Circuit of the Americas

The United States Grand Prix has been held in Austin for the last 10 years at the Circuit of the Americas. The first race was held in 2012 in front of 100,000 spectators, as Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in what would turn out to be his last-ever win as a McClaren driver.

The high-speed runs have been compared to Silverstone whilst the S turns have been likened to the Suzuka circuit in Japan.

Now driving for Mercedes, British driver Lewis Hamilton has won the most United States Grand Prixs with six wins, however Max Verstappen of Red Bull has won the last two on his way to claiming back-to-back World Championships.

As you might expect from an American sports event, music concerts are often organised around the main spectacle. For instance, in 2016, Taylor Swift performed the evening before race day as 270,000 fans attended across the weekend.

The following year, former US President Bill Clinton presented the winning trophy to seven time World Champion Lewis Hamilton after his victory. That year, Justin Timberlake helped to further boost attendances with a pre-race performance. Other musical acts to have performed include Bruno Mars and Britney Spears.

The race in Austin is always one of the most popular on the F1 calendar, thanks to its status as one of the coolest American cities with its vibrant nightlife and much-loved food.

In 2022, Mr Austin himself Matthew McConaughey was among the attendees along with fellow actor Brad Pitt, pop star Ed Sheeran and hip-hop legend Pharrell Williams.

Miami Grand Prix

Date: Sun, 7 May, 20:30

Track: Miami International Autodrome

From one party town to another, the F1’s inaugural Miami race was last year in 2022, when, you guessed it, Dutchman Max Verstappen claimed victory ahead of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, both of Ferrari.

The circuit itself probably most closely resembles Melbourne Park, giving the 19-turn track the feel of a street circuit, despite being held at the Hard Rock Stadium, home to NFL outfit the Miami Dolphins.

The 5.41km track consists of 19 corners, three straights and three DRS zones, so you can expect plenty of overtaking.

With six Super Bowls, two World Series and numerous music concerts under its belt, the Hard Rock Stadium is one of the elite venues in America. The state-of-the-art stadium combined with an intimate street-style circuit creates an ideal viewing experience for the spectators in the Sunshine State.

Predictably, there were stars galore at the 2022 Miami GP including basketball legend Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and former England captain, and owner of MLS team Inter Miami, David Beckham.

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Miami GP

Las Vegas Grand Prix

Date: Sat, 18 Nov, 06:00

Track: Las Vegas Street Circuit

Las Vegas will host its first Grand Prix since 1982 at an all-new circuit around the Las Vegas Strip, which will bypass famous landmarks like Caesars Palace, the Bellagio and the Venetian.

The 6.12km, 14-turn street circuit is expected to be one the quickest races on the calendar with speeds likely to exceed that of Italian track Monza, otherwise known as the ‘Temple of Speed’.

Despite being a completely new track, Las Vegas has hosted GPs on two separate occasions in 1981 and 1982, for the Caesars Palace Grand Prix. Williams driver Alan Jones claimed victory in 1981 and Michele Alboreto of Tyrrell won the 1982 race.

The 2023 race is scheduled for lights out on Saturday night and is one of the most highly anticipated F1 races of the year. New tracks always carry with them an air of unpredictability, which will only add to the entertainment value.

Off the track, there will be plenty to keep fans entertained as well, with Vegas band The Killers heavily rumoured to be performing.

Don’t be surprised to see a few Vegas locals such as Mike Tyson, Celine Dion and Floyd Mayweather Jr. show up for the main event too.

It’s going to be a blockbuster for F1 in the US, so which race will you choose?

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F1 – what has changed for 2023?

The pinnacle of motor racing is set to return in March, with a cocktail of new cars, drivers and races to look forward to.

Last year’s champion Max Verstappen is again the odds-on favourite to take the Driver’s Championship along with his team Red Bull for the Contructor’s Crown.

At the time of writing all of the new cars have been revealed ahead of pre-season testing for the 2023 season, where contenders for the title may yet emerge, chiefly in the form of Mercedes and Ferrari.

Last year’s top three teams all have unchanged driver lineups but there have been many changes elsewhere in the field.

F1 2023 driver changes

Following the retirement of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin were able to entice none other than Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard, who has won the World Championship two times made the surprise switch from 4th-placed Alpine to 7th-placed Aston Martin in the postseason.

The popular Daniel Ricciardo was ousted by McClaren and replaced by Oscar Piastri, a 21-year-old rookie with Formula 2 and 3 titles under his belt.

To replace Alonso Alpine opted for Pierre Gasly to complete their all-French driver lineup with Esteban Ocon.

As part of the knock-on effect, AlphaTauri replaced Gasly with Nyck de Vries, the Formula E champion and long-time Mercedes reserve.

Elsewhere, rookie Logan Sargeant replaces Nicholas Latifi at Williams and Nico Hulkenberg has replaced Mick Schumacher at Haas after impressing as Aston Martin’s reserve driver last season.

The aforementioned Ricciardo keeps his place in the F1 bubble by virtue of Red Bull, where he will serve as the team’s reserve driver.

Silverstone Ferrari

2023 Formula 1

F1 2023 rule changes

To combat the porpoising issues many teams had last year four additional changes will come into play according to the FIA: floor edges have been raised by 15mm; the diffuser throat height has been raised; the diffuser edge stiffness has been increased; and an additional sensor has been mandated to more effectively monitor the porpoising phenomenon.

In terms of safety, following Zhou Guanyu’s horrific crash at the British Grand Prix last year, new roll hoop regulations have been put in place to reduce the possibility of the hoop digging into the ground after impact.

One of the most impactful regulation changes is likely to be a reduction in minimum car weight. A reduction of 2kg – to 796kg has been given the green light ahead of the new season, meaning mechanics will be doing everything within their power to  shave off weight. It’s possibly the reason why so many of the new cars this season feature black designs – bare carbon fibre is lighter than a coat of paint.

Looking ahead to race formats and sprint races will once again be a feature in qualifying expanding from three to six for the new season. It’s essentially a 100km dash with no pit stops to determine the grid lineup on race day – think of it as F1’s answer to T20.

The races with sprints in 2023 will be; Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Qatar, Austin and Brazil.

At the tail-end of last season, the issue of cast caps dominated the F1 headlines as Red Bull were found to have exceeded the $145m cap by $2m.

The cost cap has been reduced to approximately $135m for the 2023 season.

Silverstone British Grand Prix cars

Formula 1 – Silverstone

F1 2023 calendar and new races

The F1 calendar in 2023 will be the biggest ever in the competition’s history featuring 23 races (up from 22 last year), including the all-new Las Vegas street circuit. The Qatar GP will also be returning to the calendar in 2023.

March 5: Bahrain (Sakhir)

March 19: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

April 2: Australia (Melbourne)

April 30: Azerbaijan (Baku)

May 7: Miami (Miami)

May 21: Emilia Romagna (Imola)

May 28: Monaco (Monaco)

June 4: Spain (Barcelona)

June 18: Canada (Montreal)

July 2: Austria (Spielberg)

July 9: Great Britain (Silverstone)

July 23: Hungary (Budapest)

July 30: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

August 27: Netherlands (Zandvoort)

September 3: Italy (Monza)

September 17: Singapore (Marina Bay)

September 24: Japan (Suzuka)

October 8: Qatar (Losail)

October 22: USA (Austin)

October 29: Mexico (Mexico City)

November 5: Brazil (Sao Paulo)

November 18: Las Vegas

November 26: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

From the glamour of Monaco to the octane of Spa, there isn’t a circuit in this year’s F1 calendar that won’t delight fans. With an exciting roster of drivers, and a new set of regulations for teams to contend with, it’s bound to be a highly competitive season both on the race track, and in the politically-charged paddocks.

The hit Netflix series Drive to Survive has provided fans with unprecedented access to the trials and tribulations of F1, but there’s nothing quite like seeing the events of race weekend unfold in front of your eyes.

The grid on race day is truly a sight to behold, you have the drivers, aka the prized assets being fanned and fussed over like Egyptian pharaohs, whilst the mechanics, resembling Stormtroopers in matching uniforms, exchange paranoid glances as they agonise over rival cars, looking for potential regulation breaches. And then, of course, you have the fans, who, despite a chorus of engine revs, can be heard chanting their favourite driver’s name, on a day they are likely to never forget.

Lights out and away we go…

What makes Monaco so special

Once a year, the world’s second-smallest nation becomes a race track and welcomes the fastest drivers on the planet and a host of celebrities for the most important weekend on the Formula 1 calendar.

The first Monaco Grand Prix was held in 1929, and the track hasn’t changed much since. Using the winding streets of Monte Carlo, the public roads are resurfaced each year before the event, with little room for overtaking on race day.

The temporary grandstands are installed across the city, alongside famous Monaco landmarks like the Monte Carlo Casino and the world-renowned harbour, where the rich and famous view the race from their boats and yachts.

Only 39,000 people live in Monaco, but come race weekend some 200,000 people travel to the principality for the spectacle.

Monaco Yacht Hospitality

Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet once said that the Monaco Grand Prix was like “[..] cycling around your living room[..],” meaning that the corners were too tight. However, the former world champion also said winning Monaco was, “[..] worth winning twice anywhere else [..].” Unfortunately, Piquet never tasted victory at Monaco.

His compatriot, the late, great Ayrton Senna has claimed the most Monaco GP wins (6). Despite this, the title “Mr Monaco” is reserved for British driver Graham Hill. The moustachioed racer won the event five times during an era of dominance in the 60s. He is also the only driver to have claimed ‘The Triple Crown of Motorsport’, an unofficial achievement, regarded as winning the three most prestigious races in motorsport; the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.

The prestige on the track is only matched by the glitz and glamour in the Monaco harbour. Thanks to the region’s status as a tax haven, owing to the unprecedented rise of the Monte Carlo Casino in the 1860s, during a time when gambling was outlawed elsewhere across Europe, many celebrities have since flocked to the region to enjoy its lavish parties.

The rich and famous have been long associated with Monaco. In 1956, the actress Grace Kelly, known for her roles in Rear Window and To Catch a Thief became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III.

Over the years, many famous faces have been spotted in the Monaco F1 paddocks, from Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Campbell to Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo, and many are bound to be in attendance in 2023

In the 2022 season, the race was won by Sergio Perez. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes has won the race three times and next year both drivers will be competing once again alongside the likes of Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso. This one-of-a-kind event combines the high-octane energy of a motor race against a backdrop of parties, celebrities and champagne. Whether it be from one of the many yachts in the harbour or in the grandstand, the Monaco GP should be on the bucket list of any self-respecting sports fan.

Our Super Yacht Hospitality

VIP Hospitality at the Monaco Grand Prix is an unique experience like no other on the sporting calendar and you can be there on one of our impeccable yacht packages.

It’s the ultimate form of luxury, with Champagne, premium drinks and premium gourmet food throughout the weekend.

There will be celebrities and sport stars making guest appearances, especially at the exclusive parties that are an important part of the Monaco experience.

With incredible views of the famous Monaco circuit, there’s no better way to spend a weekend in true, luxurious style.

Yacht Hospitality Monaco

Saturday and Sunday Trackside Super Yacht Hospitlaity

  • Guest Meet & Greet and Reception in Fontvielle
  • Transfer from Fontvieille to a Super Yacht in Monaco Harbour by private tender & return
  • VIP Hospitality on a Super Yacht
  • Spectacular views and Giant TV Screen
  • Circuit TV and Timing Monitors in Salon
  • Continental Breakfast on arrival
  • Coffee, Tea and refreshments served all day
  • Complimentary Bar all day including fine wines and Champagne
  • Monaco Grand Prix Buffet Luncheon served on Main Deck
  • Afternoon Tea with pastries and coffee
  • Live Music and Celebrity Guest appearances

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