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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20
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Did F1 win the battle but lose the war with its new rules era?

When Formula 1’s new rules arrived in 2022, it appeared to be on the edge of success as cars could race closer together. But, as the situation has developed, the old problems have resurfaced, revealing how rulemakers need to nail multiple elements simultaneously to create better racing

As Formula 1 stares down the barrel of another season of single-team dominance, it was inevitable that questions would begin to be asked about whether the latest rules era has failed.

After some notable drops in F1 television viewing figures (ESPN had a 40% year-on-year reduction for Saudi), and wider social media engagement appearing to be well down (a 40% decrease in mentions on monitored channels according to one report), the lack of on-track excitement is not something that can simply be brushed under the carpet as an inconsequential blip.

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