Oracle Red Bull Racing looks incredible as it begins 2023, carrying on the momentum of last year. In the last three races, they have been in a class of their own and dominated their competitors. This has caused fans and paddocks to fear a clean sweep.
Rob Smedley , a former Ferrari race engine, believes that despite the Austrian team’s incredible pace they are not unbeatable. Smedley stated on the F1 Nation Podcast that “They are definitely catchable.” They are certainly surmountable in the qualifying sessions we have seen so far. There’s no question that they will have a powerful car in the race. “But again, I do not think you can look at this and say that it’s over and they cannot be caught”. He also compared Christian Horner’s squad to past dominant teams, concluding that they are not yet outqualifying their competitors by exorbitant numbers.
Smedley gave the team credit for their development, saying that they were a bit ahead of everyone’s expectations. He insisted, however, that the margins were not large enough to make any assumptions. This implies that Red Bull could be a contender for the title and wins with the right effort and optimization from both drivers and teams.
Red Bull has once again established itself as the title favorite, but they are still a contender.
Red Bull is looking to repeat the success of 2022 in this season. The team’s race reliability and speed have been impressive in the early stages of the year. The team’s desire to continue dominating the sport and win the championship is well known, but they need to remain grounded and cautious in order not be surprised by the challenges that they will face at the next races.
Austrian team has accumulated 123 point in the first three races. They have also claimed pole position and won all. The Austrian team has a lead of over 60 points on the teams below them, including Aston Martin and Mercedes. The 4-week break after the Australian Grand Prix has given teams the opportunity to improve their cars and compete with Red Bull.
Aston Martin, despite a lackluster season in the past, has taken a huge leap forward to become able to compete for podiums. Aston Martin has made a remarkable leap to become a podium contender, in contrast to their lacklustre prior season. Mercedes is also expected to bring a massive upgrade package to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. These upgrades, considering their improvement in the first three races, could put them at par with the leaders of the championship, making it difficult for them to compete on the track.
Red Bull’s dominance could be challenged by other teams with the right attitude, and the right motivation. The Austrian team must not become too familiar with their superiority, and remain focused on remaining ahead.