Red Bull are running away with the world championship this year. While Ferrari had earlier been challenging them even through mistakes and reliability issues, the car is now comfortably the best, and having the best driver on the grid also helps them out considerably. It has certainly been a year to remember for them.
Max Verstappen has won 11 out of the 17 races that have taken place this year, with Red Bull winning 13 out of 17. To say they are utterly dominating the championship would be an understatement. They have been especially untouchable since the summer break, and they have not even been particularly challenged for these last 4 wins.
They definitely have a chance to win more races yet, and that’s certainly going to be the goal, even though both championships are likely in the bag. The WDC could have shaped up for Verstappen in Singapore if the stars had aligned, but on the contrary it was quite a terrible race for the Dutchman, with him only recovering to P7. That’s the only blip on an almost spotless year.
Christian Horner: “We’re going to keep pushing.”
Red Bull have not dominated like this since 2013. That year, Sebastian Vettel won 13 out of the 19 races conducted. Already this year, the team have won 13 races. There is a solid case to be made for this being their best ever year in Formula 1, and Christian Horner seems to agree with that assessment.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Christian Horner praised the team, branding them the ‘best in the pitlane’: “This team is a phenomenal team – it’s the best team in the pit lane. That’s not just what you see here, it’s all the men and women back in Milton Keynes. They’ve worked tireless, and are doing a wonderful wonderful job.”
The Red Bull team principal says this could be their best ever year: “We’re incredibly proud of everything which is being achieved. This year could well be our best ever year in Formula 1, so we’re going to keep pushing, keep attacking races. There’s five to go, everything to play for, and it would be massive for us to bring these two championships home.”
It truly could be their best year ever – and Verstappen can have one of the most dominant years in Formula 1 ever for himself. As Horner said, it’s all to play for.