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Alain Prost, Williams FW15C Renault.
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The key areas where 2023's F1 dominator shades its 1993 counterpart

OPINION: The statistics recorded by the 1993 Williams FW15C and the current Red Bull RB19 highlight a fascinating contrast between Formula 1 eras. Both were, by some margin, the fastest cars of their respective seasons, but Red Bull has been far more clinical in closing off areas for rival teams to claim surprise scalps

Two great Formula 1 cars, both including the work of Adrian Newey. One has an average edge in qualifying of 0.207 seconds and has so far managed 19 victories from 20 grands prix (95%), while the other enjoyed a massive advantage of 0.996s and yet ‘only’ won 10 of its 16 races (63%).

The differing records of the 2023 Red Bull RB19 and the 1993 Williams FW15C, in many ways the most sophisticated F1 car of all time, reveal a lot about how things have changed in 30 years. While witnessing Red Bull’s domination despite only starting 1-2 once, it’s hard to imagine how Williams didn’t put up similar numbers with its 12 front-row lockouts.

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