Red Bull dish out ‘evolution’ warning to F1 rivals as weary fans told to ‘brace’

Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan has revealed that Red Bull’s legendary designer Adrian Newey believes that it will be nearly impossible for their rivals to catch up with them before the end of the current regulation period in 2026.

The Milton Keynes-based team have been imperious in their form this season, taking 16 Grand Prix victories from a possible 17 thus far with the only outlier being Carlos Sainz’s triumph on the streets of Singapore. They have also dominated the sprint races with Oscar Piastri the only non-Red Bull driver to taste victory on that front. 

This unwavering success means that with five races of the season to go, Red Bull have already wrapped up both the Drivers’ Championship and Constructor Championship titles, moving 331 points clear of nearest rivals Mercedes with Max Verstappen’s latest win in Qatar last time out.

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Revealing Newey’s warning on the latest episode of the Formula For Success podcast, Jordan explained: “I was at a meeting with Adrian yesterday and he told me that with the evolution of the car they have now it will be very difficult for anyone to catch up with Red Bull.

“So dear people, brace yourself for either very boring Formula 1 times, or very exciting times, depending on whether you are a Red Bull fan or not.”

Despite this ominous warning to the likes of McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari, there are some drivers who still believe their teams can whittle down the advantage held by the back-to-back constructor champions for 2024.

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McLaren are arguably the best placed to do so with the team having both drivers on the podium at the previous two rounds at Suzuka and in Qatar. Speaking about his team’s chances of closing the gap, Norris explained: “We’re pushing, we’re getting there.

“The progress we’ve made is pretty outstanding. Like I said, I’m very proud of the team, and the steps forward we’re making every weekend.”

Lewis Hamilton has also talked up his team’s chances of catching the Red Bull and Verstappen juggernaut, but admitted Mercedes would need ‘the best six months of development in their history’. The Silver Arrows wasted the first 18 months of the new regulation period following the doomed ‘zeropod’ design philosophy.

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