The conclusion of the Formula 1 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stirred a wave of concern within the racing fraternity. The dominant pace of Red Bull's RB19, which led Max Verstappen to a commanding 17.9-second win over Charles Leclerc, and a record 19 victories in a single season, has caught the attention of competitors, particularly seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.
The Power Behind the RB19
Hamilton's concerns weren't unfounded. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confirmed that the team had a head start on their 2024 car, the RB20, due to the strong foundation provided by the RB19. This allowed the team to allocate their limited wind tunnel resources to the development of the RB20, while maintaining the performance of the current car.
Historic Success and Future Prospects
Horner was full of praise for his team, highlighting that the RB19 is the most successful car in F1 history. He expects the RB20 to be an evolution of its predecessor, despite the law of diminishing returns, signaling Red Bull's ambition to continue their dominance in the coming seasons.
Mercedes Under Pressure
Hamilton, who has been at the helm of Mercedes' success in F1, acknowledged the challenge posed by Red Bull's advancements. The pressure is now on his team to rise to the occasion, test their mettle, and push the boundaries of their car development to compete with Red Bull's racing prowess.