Sebastian Vettel Dominates 2023 Season Opener


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:10.4741:10.156
247Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:10.4901:10.409+0.253
355Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:11.0411:11.136+0.885
420Kevin MagnussenToyota1:11.4121:11.082+0.926
523Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:11.2531:11.214+1.058
656Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:11.2171:11.380+1.061
739Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1:11.6411:11.256+1.100
888Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota1:12.1091:11.294+1.138
94Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:11.3451:11.299+1.143
1094Pascal WehrleinToyota1:11.7011:11.599+1.442
117Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1:11.7341:11.839+1.578
1263George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1:12.2801:11.893+1.737
1360Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1:12.0671:12.030+1.874
1457Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1:12.0631:12.220+1.907
1580Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1:12.9211:12.240+2.084
161Victoria DesaiFerrari1:12.4471:12.319+2.163
1733Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:12.5081:12.334+2.178
1826Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:12.8021:12.439+2.283
1929Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:12.7591:12.620+2.464
2070Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:12.8741:12.706+2.550
2198Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1:12.9721:12.748+2.592
2210Alessio LorandiFerrari1:12.8661:12.831+2.675
2381Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1:13.7171:13.092+2.936
2495Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:13.4681:13.393+3.237
2511Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:15.6401:15.522+5.366
2621Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW1:16.6581:16.807+6.502


Malik Zidan was just like everyone else in his F1 debut: lapped by Sebastian Vettel
Unlike many, many seasons of the past, Formula One did not wait for the spring to return to screens all over the planet. The New Zealand Grand Prix returned to its rightful place in the middle of the Northern Hemisphere winter and thus altered internal calendars for all drivers and teams.

While most cars that arrived in Taupo are nowhere near the full products we can expect to see in testing and eventually the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix, a rough idea of the power level may be gained from this race.

After that, the only question remains whether anybody can even challenge Caterham once during the year. The prototype of the CT11 looks almost unstoppable and Sebastian Vettel easily won the Grand Prix from pole position.

One team that has brought mostly their full car is Andretti, who earned two points in their Formula One debut. They join ROOKIE Racing as such, Sho Tsuboi getting a great fourth place. This meant three Toyota-powered cars scored, a very good result for the motor manufacturer.


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd67:15.321111
223Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1 Lap58
355Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1 Lap36
439Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1 Lap75
563George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1 Lap124
620Kevin MagnussenToyota1 Lap43
780Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap152
894Pascal WehrleinToyota1 Lap101
960Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota2 Laps13
1010Alessio LorandiFerrari2 Laps22
1126Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari2 Laps18
1233Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari2 Laps17
134Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes2 Laps9
1457Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes2 Laps14
1581Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd2 Laps23
1698Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari2 Laps21
1729Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari2 Laps19
187Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota2 Laps11
1995Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd2 Laps24
2021Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW4 Laps26
2111Terry HawkinFAST-BMW4 Laps25
Ret47Lando NorrisCaterham-JuddAccident2
Ret88Robert KubicaROOKIE-ToyotaMotor8
Ret56Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMWPuncture6
Ret70Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-FerrariWater Leak20
Ret1Victoria DesaiFerrariWater Leak16

Fastest Lap:

Lando Norris – 1:13.865

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Carlos Sainz, Jr. – who would have imagined Dawson GP getting a podium last season?

Reject Of The Race:

Lando Norris – not only was he well behind Sebastian Vettel, he made a catastrophic mistake to add on to it.