Red Bull Still Not As Dominant As Mercedes Even After Two World Championship Wins In A Row, Why?

Toto Wolff & Christian Horner

With Red Bull\’s finally breaking the duck of a winless era, the team has gained the dignity to be compared with Mercedes in terms of dominating in Formula One. Red Bull star, Max Verstappen, came up with a back-to-back championship and broke the record for most GP wins in a season. The two-time world champion won the title in Japan with four races remaining. The Red Bull drivers made 15 (Max\’s) + 2 (Sergio Perez\’s)= 17 wins in the 2022 record-breaking season. Statistically, the Austrian racing team completely dominated the grid throughout the entire year.

However, they still could not match the dominance of Mercedes. The way the Silver Arrows dominated in Formula One is yet to achieve by Red Bull, says Damon Hill. In an interview with Sky Sports taken after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the former F1 world champion remained unsure when asked if Red Bull is replacing Mercedes in dominating Formula One.

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At the beginning of the turbo hybrid era in 2014, Mercedes mastered adjusting to them and thus made an incredible history that no one dares to match. Remembering the period of Mercedes\’s rise, Hill revealed, \”I was talking to the team\’s trackside engineering head, Andrew Shovlin about this even before the race and I made the point that it [Red Bull] is not quite as dominant.\”

Ferrari Is Way Too Close To Red Bull, Won\’t Let Dominate Like Mercedes

Hill further said, \”Red Bull\’s dominance is not quite as dominant as Mercedes\’s shift to the hybrid era. They were so dominant that they had to underplay it a little. Otherwise, people would have ganged up on Mercedes.\” However, for Red Bull, Damon believes that they are not too far from the second contender. This doubt comes after seeing the Ferrari\’s progress from rocking in the initial part to getting down and then again rising in the ending. Charles Leclerc finally succeeded in replacing Sergio Perez from the runner-up position in the driver\’s standings.

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Damon Hill reckoned, \”At the end of the race, the Scuderia team was not too far away from Red Bull. We don\’t know what Ferrari had in hand, but the drivers were pretty close to Red Bull.\” And for Mercedes, the former British F1 driver seemed pretty impressed with how the team claimed a one-two first and only victory of the season. \”Of course, in Brazil, Mercedes were competitive in a different set of circumstances,\” said Hill.

Red Bull may have won the past two F1 championships. But they still have got to win people who can call them the most dominant team. However, if the team manages to claim the same result as this year also be next year. Then, of course, people will be compelled to say that Red Bull\’s dominant era has now begun. But, for that, they will have to make a stronger RB18 which is quite difficult after the cost cap penalty. Now Red Bull has also got a 10% reduction in the Wind Tunnel testings, which will definitely have an impact on clinching the next year\’s championship. So, the tag of being \’dominative\’ like Mercedes is still a tough dream for Red Bull to achieve.

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