Jeremy Clarkson, an English broadcaster, has recently made fun of the tactics used by Mercedes and Red Bull at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. In Clarkson’s opinion, a lot could have been done differently by both teams to make the race a bit more exciting to watch for the fans of the sport. He has blatantly asked the two top teams of the sport to look at their way of doing things.
Jeremy Clarkson, while sharing his opinion, wrote in his column in The Sun, “We like to think that when the red lights go out at the beginning of a Formula One race, every single one of the drivers goes round every corner and down every straight as fast as is humanly and mechanically possible. That’s what racing is all about, surely? It seems not. When Lewis Hamilton came up behind his team-mate, George Russell, above, in last weekend’s Saudi Grand Prix, George solved the problem by driving more quickly. Why didn’t he do that in the first place?“
“And then you had the Red Bulls. To stop them from doing any racing, each of the drivers was told to do the same speed as one another. I know there are boring reasons for this, tire wear and saving the engine and so on, but I wonder how many people would watch athletics if they thought half the competitors were not going as fast as they could. To prolong the life of their shoes.”
Looking at their comments on Clarkson, it is clearly evident that he is not a fan of the tactics used by Red Bull and the Mercedes F1 team so far in the 2023 F1 season. Moreover, has even gone on to compare athletics with the pinnacle of motor racing. One thing that can be said for certain about all this is that Red Bull and Mercedes fans will not take the Broadcaster’s comments kindly. He should not have written what he wrote, considering the little knowledge he has about the sport.
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Mercedes and Red Bull are fighting different battles in 2023
Mercedes and Red Bull fought each other extremely hard during the 2021 campaign for the coveted F1 World Championship. However, since 2022, the Brackley-based team has dropped the ball and is nowhere to be seen in the Championship fight this year. The same was the story with them during the 2022 season of the sport.
While Red Bull is looking as the favorite to win the Championship again, Mercedes, on the other hand, has slipped backward. As things stand, they are considered the fourth fastest team on the 2023 F1 grid, behind the lights of Red Bull, Ferrari, and even the Silverstone-based Aston Martin F1 team. An example of this was seen at the Bahrain GP when Fernando Alonso could zoom past Lewis Hamilton in his AMR23.
Taking everything into account that has happened so far in the 2023 F1 season, is there even a slight chance that Mercedes would be able to have a say in the Championship fight this year? If not the Championship, would they at least be able to fight for podiums? There are a lot of questions surrounding the Brackley-based team at the moment, and the answers to these would most probably be made clear when the current campaign is at least 5-8 races down.
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