As yet another Formula 1 season came to an end at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend, Max Verstappen capped off an incredible 2023 with his 19th victory of the season.
Whilst the dominant Dutchman has been the main headline for much of the year, there have been plenty of memorable moments both on and off the track surrounding drivers, team members and F1 pundits.
Here are some of GPFans' favourite moments from across the season.
Even at pre-season testing in Bahrain, it became increasingly evident that Red Bull had a very fast car, and the script for the season had almost been written already, with some pundits already suggesting they could be on their way to a record-breaking season.
What also became clear in Bahrain, however, was the improvement that Aston Martin had made throughout the winter.
After two seasons of running near the back of the field, Sebastian Vettel decided to retire from the sport at the end of 2022, leaving a space for now 42-year-old Fernando Alonso to get away from his seemingly dire stint at Alpine.
That may have been one of the best career moves the Spanish veteran has ever made, as the Silverstone-based team made giant steps forward with their car, allowing Alonso to claim eight podium finishes throughout the season.
Vettel may just be kicking himself that he didn't stick around a little longer.
Almost 15% of season's DNFs at Australian GP
The third race of the season provided us with one of the most dramatic races of the whole 2023 calendar.
There were two safety cars, three red flags and EIGHT drivers unable to finish the race (almost 15% of the overall number of DNF's in 2023), before Verstappen managed to claim victory in controversial circumstances.
It wouldn't be a 2023 recap without some mention of the phenomenal job that both Verstappen and his Red Bull team managed.
Whilst the opening evening of F1 action was marred by a loose drain cover and the controversial treatment of fans, the rest of the event was a brilliant spectacle, with a stunning backdrop, a star-studded paddock and, most importantly, a good race.
The race will be on the calendar until at least 2030, meaning we have plenty more opportunities to enjoy this special event.
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