Formula 1 Constructors' Rankings for 2023 Minus Red Bull

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Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing are currently enjoying an unparalleled streak of dominance in Formula One. With more than double the points of their closest rival, an extraordinary 15 consecutive race wins, and a Constructors’ Championship secured with six races to go, they’re rewriting the record books.

However, in a season dominated by one team, what would the F1 Constructors’ standings for 2023 look like without Red Bull? The sportsbooks listed at Overtime Heroics, where legal sports betting is available, have excluded Red Bull from their options due to Verstappen’s near-certain victory. Let’s explore what could be an exhilarating Constructors’ Championship battle without Red Bull in the mix.

  1. Mercedes – 305 Points Under the leadership of racing legend Sir Lewis Hamilton (190 pts) and rising star George Russell (115 pts), the powerhouse German team has exemplified consistency this season, despite lacking the top-end speed many fans anticipate. They’ve only secured single-digit points in one race.

Things could have been even brighter if not for a few unfortunate incidents, particularly Russell’s late crash on the final lap in Singapore, which cost him a podium finish. Nonetheless, they appear to be tapering off a bit. Mercedes has faced four race weekends with fewer than 20 points in the last four grands prix.

  1. Ferrari – 285 Points Without Red Bull in the equation, we’d witness a Constructors’ battle between Mercedes and Ferrari that could rival their legendary clash in 2018. Ferrari has faced significant criticism in recent years for high-profile strategy blunders and major setbacks, and that trend seemed to continue early this season. In the initial seven races, Scuderia secured only one podium finish at Baku, courtesy of Charles LeClerc.

However, since the Canadian GP, the Prancing Horse has surged, displaying the best speed on the grid outside of Red Bull. This crescendoed in a sensational night in Singapore, when Carlos Sainz thwarted Red Bull’s supremacy to secure the field’s first win in 15 races. With Mercedes losing pace and Ferrari in blistering form, this could lead to a riveting conclusion for the championship.

  1. Aston Martin – 221 Points Following a disappointing 7th place finish in the constructors’ standings last year, Aston Martin, led by the legendary Fernando Alonso, burst forth in 2023. Alonso stood on the podium in five of the first six races, propelling his teammate Lance Stroll to an unprecedented second place in the standings after Spain.

However, since then, things have taken a downturn. Five single-digit finishes, including a dismal six points across the last three weekends, have seen Aston Martin slip to a distant third in this hypothetical scenario. Whether it’s a developmental hitch, strategic missteps, or simply ill fortune, the British manufacturer would need a substantial effort to contend.\

  1. McLaren – 172 Points In stark contrast to Aston Martin, McLaren faced a tumultuous start to the season. Despite high preseason hopes, their car seemed far from competitive, earning the iconic F1 team a mere 17 points in the initial eight weekends, with five of them yielding zero points.

However, immense credit goes to the development team, as they’ve executed every midseason update flawlessly. The transformation has been remarkable. Since Austria, they’ve accumulated an impressive 155 points, culminating in what could have been a spectacular 1-2 finish for Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri in Japan had Red Bull not been in the equation.

  1. Alpine – 84 Points We’re now transitioning from contenders to the mid-table teams. Alpine has managed some respectable results in 2023, notably with Esteban Ocon’s podium finish at Monaco and a strong showing from Pierre Gasly at Circuit Zandvoort.

On their best days, they can challenge towards the front of the pack, but both the car and the drivers lack the consistent speed required to vie for a championship, even in a Red Bull-less scenario.

  1. Williams – 21 Points Entering the lower ranks, Williams continues to be one of the slower contenders on the grid. Yet, significant kudos are owed to Alex Albon for extracting every ounce of potential from the car on multiple occasions, accounting for all 21 of the team’s points this season.
  2. Haas – 12 Points The once-promising F1 duo of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg hasn’t been able to elevate Haas from the bottom. This American outfit simply lacks the resources and machinery to compete at the upper echelons. They’ll need to make full use of their additional wind tunnel time in the upcoming off-season to bridge the gap with the other mid-table teams.
  3. Alfa Romeo – 5 Points Set to become the Audi factory team in 2026, the Sauber-backed Alfa Romeo currently appears to be biding its time for the future. While the pairing of former Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Chinese talent Zhou Guanyu is intriguing on paper, they’ve struggled to extract maximum performance from one of the grid’s less potent cars.
  4. Alpha Tauri – 3 Points Just two seasons ago, Alpha Tauri secured an impressive 142 points. However, they’ve now plummeted to the very bottom of the F1 standings, regardless of Red Bull’s presence. The team has been unable to find their form, despite parting ways with F1 newcomer Nyck de Vries after only ten races and bringing in Max Verstappen’s former teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

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