In a fictional world with no Red Bull dominating, who would be the driver and team leading the title races?
Red Bull ticked one title box by securing the Constructors’ crown at Suzuka, and Max Verstappen is in prime position to secure a third Drivers’ Championship in Qatar – with multiple races to spare.
But behind the sport’s dominant force, it is proving to be one of the most competitive seasons in recent memories with a total of nine non-Red Bull drivers to have made it onto the podium so far this year.
A competitive year…if you look past Red Bull
It is also a season of ebbs and flows with the likes of Aston Martin, Mercedes and McLaren all enjoying their moment in the sun at different points of the year.
McLaren driver Oscar Piastri secured his first ever F1 podium at Suzuka – the 11th different driver to make it into the top three in 16 races – with a frantic battle breaking out behind Red Bull.
With that in mind, let’s have a look at this hypothetical world.
A close battle at the top of the standings
While Verstappen is running away with this year’s title, should he not be taking part then Formula 1 fans would be treated to a gripping battle between two former foes.
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton would instead be the drivers duelling for the title, a sight which would no doubt delight fans around the world as two ex-teammates go toe-to-toe.
Those two are very much in a league of their own with the two Ferrari drivers next on the list.
Mercedes leading the Constructors’ charge
While Alonso may be ahead in the Drivers’, it is actually the Mercedes duo who are top of the Constructors’ table, ahead of Aston Martin – chiefly through the exploits of Alonso pulling them through.
With their double podium at Suzuka, without Max Verstappen in the picture it would have been a McLaren one-two last time out, with Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri both moving up in the standings as a result.
Drivers’ Standings without Red Bull in full:
[Correct as of 2023 Japanese Grand Prix]
1. Fernando Alonso – 268
2. Lewis Hamilton – 263
3. Carlos Sainz – 214
4. Charles Leclerc – 196
5. Lando Norris – 162
6. George Russell – 160
7. Oscar Piastri – 87
8. Lance Stroll – 86
9. Pierre Gasly – 76
10. Esteban Ocon – 70
11. Alexander Albon – 49
12. Valtteri Bottas – 22
13. Yuki Tsunoda – 19
14. Nico Hulkenberg – 18
15. Zhou Guanyu – 14
16. Kevin Magnussen – 12
17. Liam Lawson – 9
18. Logan Sargeant – 3
19. Daniel Ricciardo – 0
20. Nyck de Vries – 0
Constructors’ Standings without Red Bull in full:
1. Mercedes – 423
2. Ferrari – 410
3. Aston Martin – 354
4. McLaren – 249
5. Alpine – 146
6. Williams – 52
7. Alfa Romeo – 36
8. Haas – 30
9. AlphaTauri – 28
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