At the weekend, the last sprint of the year took place in São Paulo. Their king this year was clearly Max Verstappen.
Even if Max Verstappen is not a fan of the so-called Saturday sprints, he has undoubtedly become their king this year.
Out of a total of six Saturday short 100 kilometer races that were on the program this season, he won four (in Austria, Belgium, the USA and Brazil), while in the other two he finished once second (in Qatar) and once third (Azerbaijan ).
The Red Bull pilot thus scored 45 of the 48 points available in the sprints (he always scores the first eight at the finish using the 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system).
The second most successful man in the sprints this year was Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez, who had one win and a total of 25 points.
The best driver from the rest of the field was Carlos Sainz. Although the Ferrari driver did not win a single sprint and only finished in the top three once, he accumulated 22 points thanks to balanced performances.
Just behind Sainz were Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc, who scored 21 points each. On the contrary, the ninth position of Fernando Alonso, who otherwise belongs to the fourth place in the World Championship, can be a surprise.
Among the teams, Red Bull clearly dominated with 70 points, followed by Ferrari (43 points) and McLaren (36). The only team that did not score in the sprints this year was Alfa Romeo.
Points in sprints in 2023 (drivers)
1. Max Verstappen 45 points (4 wins)
2. Sergio Pérez 25 (1 win)
3. Carlos Sainz 22
4. Lando Norris 21
5. Charles Leclerc 21
6. George Russell 18
7. Lewis Hamilton 17
8. Oscar Piastri 15 (1 win)
9. Fernando Alonso 8
10. Pierre Gasly 8
11. Lance Stroll 6
12. Yuki Tsunoda 3
13. Nico Hulkenberg 3
14. Alex Albon 2
15. Esteban Ocon 2