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Formula 1 Saudi Arabian GP
Opinion

Why Red Bull’s biggest F1 adversary is now itself

OPINION: Red Bull continued its 100% record in 2023 by notching another 1-2 finish in Jeddah, this time headed by Sergio Perez after Max Verstappen's problems in qualifying. With the opposition seemingly resigned to a year of domination from the Milton Keynes team, it now must keep a handle on reliability and potential simmering tensions between its drivers

Lewis Hamilton spoke for many people in Saudi Arabia on Sunday when he suggested that Red Bull’s advantage in Formula 1 this year is greater than any he had seen in his career. In the RB19, Red Bull has produced a simply stunning car that is a step and a half in front of everyone else.

It’s super quick in a straight line (its DRS-open state was what especially caught Hamilton’s attention) and it derives a further lap time advantage over the opposition by being so fast in the slow- and medium-speed corners, which count much more as a percentage of lap time than the high-speed turns.

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