Red Bull has emerged victorious in all 12 races leading up to the summer break, heightening the likelihood of the team achieving a clean sweep in 2023 by winning every race.
Red Bull’s dominance continues to prevail, as demonstrated by the recent Belgian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen secured a remarkable victory, finishing a staggering 32 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari, who was the first non-Red Bull car to cross the finish line.
However, despite the desire for more teams to rival Red Bull consistently, team manager Horner expresses his satisfaction with the team’s current success. This comes after years of striving to overthrow Mercedes and regain the dominant position they held during the Sebastian Vettel era.
When asked if a part of him was hoping to be challenged more after Verstappen took his eighth consecutive win at Spa, Horner replied: “There’s not one ounce of me that wishes that. I think I’m still in recovery from 2021.
“And behold, achievements such as [Spa] are the product of collaboration, which is why you all witnessed Greg [Reeson], our skilled garage technician responsible for maintaining all the tires in the garage, receiving the constructors’ trophy today.”
Achieving these kinds of results is not accidental, as it requires every member of the team and every department in the factory to diligently perform their respective tasks.
I believe this is a remarkable moment for our team. I commend everyone who works tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve such outstanding performance.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing
Photo by: Erik Junius
Horner expressed, “It is truly remarkable to conclude the summer hiatus with victories in both Grand Prix races and sprints. It exceeds all expectations to currently find ourselves in such a favorable position.”
Horner remains reluctant to openly discuss the possibility of Red Bull winning the remaining 10 races and achieving an unprecedented undefeated season in Formula 1. However, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko acknowledged that this outcome is now a plausible scenario.
“When asked if a clean sweep was possible, he responded, ‘If you apply logical thinking, then the answer is no.’ However, he also acknowledged that they never anticipated winning the first 12 races, so now he questions, ‘Why not?'”
“I was completely caught off guard by the extent of Red Bull’s superiority. We have recently crafted our own vehicle, and to our astonishment, the lackluster performance of both Mercedes and Ferrari has left us significantly ahead. This unexpected turn of events has contributed to our current substantial lead.”
The team challenging us constantly varies. At times, it’s Ferrari, other times it’s McLaren, and occasionally it’s Aston Martin or Mercedes that find themselves trailing us.
Additional reporting by Erwin Jaeggi and Ronald Vording