Red Bull, unique dominance: but Carlos Sainz wants to break it
Perhaps we haven’t fully realized it yet, but we are living and breathing history. Red Bull’s dominance in the 2023 Formula One season is unprecedented in Formula 1, and the Milton Keynes team promises to heavily update the record books, with 13 victories in 13 races (16 out of 16 counting the Sprints) and 14 consecutive wins in GPs, including Abu Dhabi 2022.
For now, the record of the Mercedes for most wins in a season still stands: 19 out of 21 in 2016. The 1988 McLaren’s record for the percentage of wins in a year (93.75%) also still holds. But will they also hold up in Abu Dhabi? Up until Zandvoort, Red Bull has been flawless and has confirmed George Russell’s pre-season prophecy (“They will win all the races”).
Above all, it’s not clear who can seriously challenge them in the remaining nine races of the season: if they continue like this, the risk of an RB19 always being in the first place not only exists but will become reality. However, Carlos Sainz doesn’t see it that way: for the Ferrari driver, the SF-23 can win a race before the end of the Formula 1 season.
Carlos Sainz’s comments
“I know the media sees it in a very drastic and dramatic way. Obviously, I know what the chances are, but there’s still a possibility that Ferrari can win a race this season and that I can be there to win it. I don’t fully believe Max is going to win every weekend. No one is perfect, and I hope that, at some point in the season, Red Bull makes a mistake. I’ll approach every weekend thinking that I need to be in the right place to take advantage of it,” these are the words of the Spanish driver.
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“This is my mentality. My goal is to try to be present in every opportunity because even in the most dominant years of Mercedes, Red Bull, or Ferrari, there was always a race where you could make a difference or where something happened. “And as a driver you live, especially in these kind of years, you live a bit on that motivation or on that thinking. And if not, I have plenty of motivation to fight for podiums, to fight for top fives. I love Formula 1. I love going to race every weekend with Ferrari and I love having the opportunity to also develop this year’s car, give the feedback and see the impact I can have on next year’s car. This is also what a driver lives for and I love that challenge. I think that summarises everything.” – the Ferrari man concluded.