World champion Max Verstappen was not only the best driver on the grid in 2023, he put together one of the best seasons in the history of F1.
Fernando Alonso shocked the paddock in 2022 by announcing his move to Aston Martin for this season. It was his best career move for a decade.
After round two, Lando Norris sat last in the championship. He went on to take more second place finishes than any other driver in 2023.
Charles Leclerc hoped he’d be fighting for a title in 2023. While that didn’t happen, he still proved himself as the better Ferrari driver.
Lewis Hamilton endured his worst season in F1 in 2022. Although 2023 was little better, his form behind the wheel was much stronger.
Alexander Albon almost single-handedly dragged Williams to seventh in 2023. He did it speed, patience and some excellent defensive driving.
It may be some time before a driver can come into Formula 1 and make as strong an impact in year one as Oscar Piastri did in 2023.
George Russell beat a multiple world champion team mate over the course of 2022, but his second season proved a little more challenging.
He was the only driver outside Red Bull to win a grand prix – but Carlos Sainz Jnr’s season had too many regrettable moments to ignore.
Pierre Gasly arrived at Alpine determined to establish himself outside of the Red Bull fold in Formula 1. He managed to acquit himself well.
Esteban Ocon had one of the best performances of the 2023 season in Monaco. But he was slightly overshadowed by new team mate Pierre Gasly.
Valtteri Bottas embraced his inner bogan throughout the 2023 Formula 1 season. But on track, he was anything but scruffy.
Nico Hulkenberg arrived back into Formula 1 in 2023 needing to prove Haas right for picking him over Mick Schumacher. He did just that.
Yuki Tsunoda faced a revolving door of team mates in 2023, but he showed more maturity and promise than the first two seasons of his career.
Zhou Guanyu showed some marked improvement in his second season in Formula 1 – but lacked those outstanding moments that truly grab attention.
Red Bull junior Liam Lawson was suddenly handed a golden opportunity to prove he deserves to be in Formula 1. He managed to make the most of it.
Daniel Ricciardo unexpectedly arrived back on the grid midway through the season. He showed flashes of the race-winning driver of his past.
Kevin Magnussen arrived back in Formula 1 and impressed last year. But with an underperforming car, he struggled to match his new team mate in 2023.
In a season where he likely drove the best car he’d ever had in Formula 1, Lance Stroll consistently failed to make the most of it.
The Red Bull RB19 is the most successful Formula 1 car in history. But you wouldn’t have known it watching Sergio Perez driving.