Vettel’s Puncture Hands Norris Victory, Championship Will Be Decided in China


188Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota1:42.6671:42.072
239Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1:42.7381:42.946+0.666
318Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:43.2081:43.065+0.993
447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:43.5811:43.394+1.322
523Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:44.3651:43.785+1.713
620Kevin MagnussenToyota1:43.9031:43.857+1.785
756Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:44.2291:44.149+2.077
894Pascal WehrleinToyota1:44.3351:44.179+2.107
963George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1:44.7741:44.386+2.314
107Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1:44.5481:44.578+2.476
111Victoria DesaiFerrari1:45.2871:44.742+2.670
1257Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1:45.7441:44.984+2.912
1310Alessio LorandiFerrari1:45.3911:45.099+3.027
1455Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:45.2551:45.577+3.153
204Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:45.6991:45.258+3.186
1560Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1:45.6991:45.496+3.424
1726Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:45.7101:45.964+3.638
1370Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:46.3371:45.774+3.702
1629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:46.5051:46.296+4.224
1833Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:46.8961:46.660+4.588
2181Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1:47.6191:46.854+4.782
2295Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:47.6191:47.318+5.246
2380Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1:48.6931:48.290+6.218
2498Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1:49.6031:48.496+6.424
2511Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:49.8531:49.700+7.628
2621Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW1:52.1171:50.131+8.059


Lando Norris sees his dreams of winning the 2023 title keeping alive by winning in the United Arab Emirates.
Very few people would blame motorsport fans for expecting Sebastian Vettel to clinch his third world’s title after he had taken the lead early in the race. Lando Norris was slightly quicker, but not enough to stop him.

However, fate had a cruel twist in store for the German veteran: in the fifth race-ending Bridgestone puncture in the last three Grands Prix, Vettel was left stranding out on the track and Norris inherited the win.

Behind him, the battle for P2 for the championship got tight. A second-place finish for Einar Ármannsson and a late enforced pitstop for Kubica leaves MRT and ROOKIE Racing seperated by a single point.

Outside of the points, Max Verstappen retired with a major motor failure. This was the Dutchman’s first retirement in 2023. With this, only Beitske Visser and Robert Shwartzman have been classified in all races.


147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd57:47.859410
256Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW+37.54378
339Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota+60.09226
410Alessio LorandiFerrari+63.168135
588Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota+65.47615
620Kevin MagnussenToyota+90.25463
71Victoria DesaiFerrari+90.855112
894Pascal WehrleinToyota+110.68381
926Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap17
1070Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap18
117Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1 Lap10
1281Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap21
1360Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1 Lap16
144Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1 Lap15
1555Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1 Lap14
1695Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap22
1757Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1 Lap12
1898Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap24
1980Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap23
DNF18Sebastian VettelCaterham-JuddPuncture3
DNF23Jules BianchiMRT-BMWMotor5
DNF63George RussellMcEwan-MercedesPuncture9
DNF29Roger IbeRed Bull-FerrariCollision 19
DNF33Max VerstappenRed Bull-FerrariMotor20
DNF11Terry HawkinFAST-BMWTransmission25
DNF21Théo PourchaireFAST-BMWSuspension26

Fastest Lap:

Sebastian Vettel – 1:43.022

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Alessio Lorandi – surpassing his outing a week ago, he achieved the joint-best result for Ferrari.

Reject Of The Race:

McEwan-Mercedes – technical issues on both cars left them stranding in a race where there was opportunity.