Jean Todt, former CEO and General Manager of Ferrari, has commented on the likelihood of seeing Red Bull dominate the 2024 Formula 1 season. Despite winning 21 out of 22 races this year, the competition hopes to witness a more closely contested championship in 2024. Jean Todt, former CEO and General Manager of Ferrari and ex-president of the FIA, shares this hope. He brought up the example of the 2005 Formula One campaign when a young Fernando Alonso with Renault ended the reign of five consecutive titles for the Scuderia Ferrari – Michael Schumacher duo.
Red Bull’s potential dominance in 2024: Jean Todt’s opinion
When asked if there are similarities between the eras of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari and Max Verstappen at Red Bull, Jean Todt replied: “Yes, there are similarities. Red Bull has built a winning team with an extraordinary driver, very professional, intelligent in races. A fantastic talent.” – the former Ferrari CEO explained in a recent interview for the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa.
“Don’t you remember 2005? The same team, the same drivers after a triumphant season. There was Schumacher, and yet we were not competitive. In 2006, we became fast again but lost due to reliability issues. Michael announced his first farewell to Formula 1, then returned with Mercedes in 2010. Meanwhile, we won in 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen and lost in the last meters in 2008 with Felpe Massa.” – he recalled.
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According to Jean Todt, despite the supremacy demonstrated last year and in the just-concluded season, it’s not certain that the Milton Keynes-based team will easily dominate in 2024.
Certainly, the technical advantage remains undeniable. Moreover, with a talent like Verstappen, Red Bull can still sleep soundly on the eve of the next championship.
Just today, it has also emerged that the RB20 did not pass the frontal crash test, with the nose unable to absorb all the impact energy, causing damage to the chassis. This has forced the FIA not to grant the necessary homologation, and Red Bull will now have to retry the same test by modifying the structure.