Dominant Red Bull have bagged six wins from the first six races in the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, sparking the question whether the Milton Keynes team can win every race this season.
Absolute dominance from Red Bull so far in the 2023 season has left their rivals scratching their heads trying to find ways to catch up with them.
With a recent win from Max Verstappen at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, a race many thought they would not dominate, Red Bull have something to be smug about.
Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez have walked the season thus far, winning races with plenty of time to spare between themselves, and the rest of the grid.
Asked about the prospect of winning every race this season, as a result of his team’s chokehold on the Championship, Team Principal Christian Horner said: “We’ve got 14 races to go. There’s a lot that can go wrong. We’re six races into this Championship.
“There’s so much jeopardy, you saw it today with the weather, and there’s so many factors that can go wrong, and the competition is so strong that anything can happen. So we’re just taking one race at a time,” the 49-year-old added.
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A humble response from Horner, whose team may well be on their way to emulate the likes of McLaren, who won all but one race during the 1988 season (93.8% of the races) with that year’s Drivers’ Champion, Ayrton Senna, and teammate Alain Prost driving the team’s iconic McLaren MP4/4.
Mercedes, who dominated the sport between 2014 and 2020, came close to breaking McLaren’s record in 2016, winning 19 out of 21 races (90.4% of the races) with Lewis Hamilton, and Nico Rosberg, the latter bagging that year’s Drivers’ Crown.
With the level of dominance Red Bull have shown so far, winning in Monaco, a track that on paper should’ve been less suited to their rapid RB19, it could be easy for one to assume that the energy drink outfit, will in fact go on to win every race this year.
Max Verstappen, currently in the form of his life, and only getting better with age (currently 25 years old), and Sergio Perez doing a solid job barring his Monaco fiasco, have made this team the unstoppable force they currently are, especially that rivals are yet to launch any proper challenge against them.
The only other consistently brilliant driver on the 2023 F1 grid, who might have the odd chance of snatching a race win from Red Bull this year, is Aston Martin main man Fernando Alonso, who still seeks his 33rd F1 career race victory.
The Spaniard has been on the podium five times out of six so far this season, and has mounted the best challenge he possibly can against Red Bull, coming ever so close to snatching pole from Verstappen last Saturday around the streets of Monaco.
Alonso admitted that he may need Red Bull to drop the ball, to capitalize and achieve Aston Martin’s maiden F1 win, but as things stand for now, it wouldn’t be very smart to bet against Red Bull sweeping the board in 2023.