Just as Red Bull’s rivals appeared to be closing in on F1’s benchmark squad, Max Verstappen and team-mate Sergio Perez were gifted a step forward in pace with an overhaul of their RB19 for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Since the update was implemented, the victory margins have consistently exceeded 30 seconds over the closest non-Red Bull vehicle, thus restoring its performance level to that of the beginning of the season.
The modifications made to the sidepods and floor were initially intended to enhance reliability and cooling, but competitors firmly believe that these changes have also contributed to the improved speed of the car.
Squads such as Mercedes are now realizing that in order to compete for victories based solely on speed, they must delve further into their own car designs.
Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes, stated that Verstappen’s current dominance in F1 was distinct from when his team was leading the pack. However, this difference did not make the task of Mercedes any simpler in their recovery efforts.
“I am uncertain if our level of superiority was comparable or inferior, as there were occasions when we achieved it in a similar manner. However, we did have the advantage of having two cars competing against each other,” he commented, observing Verstappen’s decisive lead in the Belgian GP.
Currently, there is no source of amusement for anyone, which is quite different from before.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19
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“I cannot reword”
“However, once more, it consistently brings me back to the notion that we must persevere and strive to perform at our utmost capability.”
Red Bull has won all 12 races held so far this season, and has surpassed the record for the most consecutive wins by a single team.
Many people believe that Red Bull has the potential to be the first team in F1 history to win every race in a season due to the extent of their advantage.
Senior management had previously disregarded any mention of that accomplishment being within their focus, but now its motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko, has acknowledged the potential for it to be accomplished.
When asked if winning all 22 races was achievable, he responded: “If we consider logic, then it’s unlikely [due to the potential for numerous complications during a single race weekend]. However, considering that we never anticipated winning the first 12 races either, I must say, why not now?”