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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, celebrates in Parc Ferme
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The ironic reason Newey thinks Red Bull hasn't been caught in F1 yet

OPINION: After its wobble in Australia, Red Bull resumed its position of dominance in Formula 1 2024 with a resounding 1-2 at Suzuka that further diminishes the prospect of anybody preventing Max Verstappen from scooping a fourth world title. But the team's design genius believes Red Bull's ongoing potency isn't entirely down to its own merits

Formula 1 rivals had feared the potential of the Red Bull RB20 from the moment it set the timing sheets alight on the opening day of pre-season testing in Bahrain. But if there had been a glimmer of hope in the first few races that perhaps Ferrari could at least lift its game to put the world champion squad under some pressure, that seemed to evaporate at Suzuka last weekend as Red Bull’s advantage became clear for all to see.

As Max Verstappen cantered to his third win from four races, the super close battle in the chasing pack between Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin and Mercedes did little to wipe away the reality that the destiny of the world championship seems pretty much set now, pending a black swan event. Toto Wolff spoke for many in the paddock of a reality that second place in both championships is the best any can really hope for.

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