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Red Bull Faces End of Dominance as Rivals Close In

Red Bull Faces End of Dominance as Rivals Close In

21/05/2024

Red Bull’s dominance in F1 appears to be waning, with McLaren and Ferrari rapidly closing the performance gap at the front of the grid.

Red Bull, like everyone else, has noticed a swift tightening of performance at the front of the F1 grid.

This cost them the victory in Miami and nearly did the same in Imola.

For Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, the team’s dominance is likely over, even if the early season statistics don’t yet reflect it.

“We’ve always said you can’t take anything for granted, and we certainly don’t. We’ve won five Grands Prix out of seven, two sprints out of two, and seven poles out of seven, but the margins are getting very thin now.”

“In the third year of these regulations, there’s always going to be convergence, and you can see that. The appearance of the cars is converging, and you can see that the performance is converging. We’re going to see more races like Imola with very fine margins.”

Horner anticipates increased challenges from McLaren but suggests recent circuits haven’t played to the strengths of the RB20.

“Ferrari was on our heels, they’re right there. But I think over the last two races, yes, McLaren has been our main competitor. I’d say they’ve definitely added performance to their car, the philosophy is very similar to ours, and you can see they’ve definitely made a step forward.”

“So we expect them to be competitive at all circuits, and there are some circuits that play to our strengths and others that don’t.”

“The last two circuits were, if you like, ones that didn’t exploit the inherent strengths of our car.”

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