The 2023 Formula One championship will see the return of the two high-speed open right-handers to complete the lap at the Barcelona event, cutting out the low-speed Turn 14-15 chicane. The final-corner apex speed is now at 170mph, which aims to allow the drivers to follow more closely onto the main straight to slipstream and mount an overtake. Although some drivers during Friday practice have commented positively on the change, there are concerns that it may not lead to more overtaking, which has been limited due to the Pirelli tyres being more limited by overheating rather than degradation.
Nyck De Vries of AlphaTauri has stated that the left front of the tyre suffers a lot due to the changes and the duty on the fronts is tough. The change gives emphasis on the front axle, which makes it difficult to follow during a long run while behind other cars. He noted that the change was intended to provide better racing but it may not work as conceived. Drivers also noted that the 2023 cars are harder to follow, as the rate of development over the winter has increased levels of dirty air.
Despite these concerns, Valtteri Bottas of Alfa Romeo said that faster laps are more fun. However, he does not think that the changes will improve overtaking levels, as the last corner is still difficult to follow. The two high-speed open right-handers appeared to be slightly bumpy and challenging, and the tyres are going quite a lot through those corners. Although it is too early to draw conclusions, the single-car running during Friday practice returned rave reviews from drivers about the changes, which make the lap faster. However, these changes may not bring the desired effect on overtaking that the championship is hoping for the upcoming Formula One events.