Lewis Hamilton says whether or not he has a chance at snatching second in the drivers championship is up to the under-pressure Sergio Pérez after the Mexican’s first-lap crash slashed the margin between them to 20 points.

Pérez’s struggles this season have left him with less than half of champion teammate Max Verstappen’s points total, and he’s now vulnerable to attack from Hamilton behind, particularly as Mercedes grows in confidence with its latest series of updates.

Hamilton’s disqualification from the United States Grand Prix blew out the shrinking margin to 39 points, but Pérez’s first-lap crash at his home Mexico City Grand Prix allowed the Briton to close to within 20 points.

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Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc are disqualified from the US Grand Prix for breaking an almost 29-year-old rule by as little as 1 millimetre — and both the sprint format and the bumpy Austin track played a part. Daniel Ricciardo’s injury comeback hits a hurdle. Max Verstappen gives short shrift to rumour of a Red Bull rift.

Daniel Ricciardo is set for his first race after almost two months sidelined with a broken hand — and as Sergio Pérez continues to struggle with bad form at Red Bull Racing. Meanwhile, the high-stakes, big-money argument over American Michael Andretti’s F1 bid simmers away ahead of the sport’s biggest race in the United States.

Oscar Piastri wins his first f1 race in the Qatar sprint and backs up with a career-best second in the grand prix for the most complete weekend of his career. Max Verstappen finally makes official his third world title, but his triumphant weekend is overshadowed by extreme heat bringing driver health to the fore.

American racing royalty Andretti gets FIA approval to become the sport’s 11th team, but Formula 1 itself is yet to be convinced the bid is ready for entry. Jack Doohan sheds some light on his options for a 2024 race seat. And will Max Verstappen’s likely title triumph in a sprint race have F1 rethinking its Saturday schedule?

Oscar Piastri started the weekend with a bumper new deal and ended it with his maiden F1 podium — and McLaren says there’s more to come from the Aussie rookie. Max Verstappen dominates the race up front to claim the constructors title for Red Bull Racing. Daniel Ricciardo gets one-year deal at AlphaTauri.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz is the first non-Red Bull Racing driver to win a race in 2023 after defusing a Mercedes chase in a Singapore GP classic. But what went wrong on a tough weekend for Max Verstappen? Plus: the antipodeans shine, with strong races from both Oscar Piastri and Liam Lawson at F1’s toughest track.

ergio Pérez appears to have admitted for the first time that he could be out of a job as soon as next season, with Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo potentially circling his seat — and with Kiwi Liam Lawson set for the sternest test yet of his F1 mettle.

Ferrari couldn’t stop Max Verstappen from winning a record-breaking 10th consecutive grand prix on what was an entertaining afternoon in Monza — so long as you weren’t McLaren principal Andrea Stella, who had to watch Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris engage in friendly fire partway through the race.

Max Verstappen has won a record-equalling ninth grand prix that one Red Bull boss says ranks him among the all-time greats. And what’s Daniel Ricciardo’s outlook after breaking his hand, and what does it mean for his 2024 chances?

Can Red Bull Racing sweep the season, or will we get a new winner in 2023? Michael and Ian preview four storylines they’re looking forward to in the final 10 rounds of the campaign, starting with this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.

Michael and Mat rank the top 10 (plus one) drivers of the season so far, including an obvious favourite, some disputed midfield bolters and an Aussie in the top 10.

RANKINGSMichael Lamonato

Max Verstappen Fernando Alonso Lewis Hamilton Lando Norris Oscar Piastri Charles Leclerc George Russell Carlos Sainz Alex Albon Yuki Tsunoda Daniel Ricciardo

Mat Coch

Max Verstappen Fernando Alonso Alex Albon Lewis Hamilton Lando Norris Zhou Guanyu George Russell Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz Esteban Ocon Nico Hulkenberg

Red Bull Racing makes it to the midseason break undefeated and with Max Verstappen on an eight-race victory streak, but Oscar Piastri steals the show on Saturday with a superb second in the sprint.

Max Verstappen claims Red Bull Racing’s 12th consecutive victory, a new benchmark for dominance in Formula 1. McLaren gets another second place in a big boost to the British team. And Daniel Ricciardo ticks some big boxes on an understated impressive first race back.

Hype is building for Daniel Ricciardo’s first race back in F1, but expectations remain low for his new AlphaTauri team. Sergio Pérez gets a vote of confidence — of sorts — from Red Bull management. And is 2024’s record-breaking calendar good for the sport?

Daniel Ricciardo’s comeback is on, with the Aussie set to see out the final 12 races of the season in the AlphaTauri seat formerly occupied by Nyck de Vries. But what can we expect from the eight-time race winner in the slowest car on the grid, and should Sergio Pérez be worried about his Red Bull Racing seat?

McLaren gets achingly close to a double podium at the team’s home race in Silverstone, but Aussie rookie Oscar Piastri’s fourth place is a big tick of approval in just his 10th grand prix. How high can McLaren get in the remainder of the season?

Max Verstappen makes a big championship flex with his late play to take fastest lap off teammate Sergio Perez to extend his title lead. Ferrari finally turns a corner with a race that isn’t completely embarrassing. And is McLaren’s progress with its first big upgrade genuine — and how high can the team aim this season?