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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20
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Formula 1 Monaco GP
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Have Red Bull's F1 weaknesses really been found out?

Red Bull's dominance over Formula 1 seemingly came to an abrupt end at the Monaco Grand Prix, failing to grace the podium as it battled issues with bump and kerb compliance. But have the team's weaknesses really now been identified?

"It's like I'm running without suspension, so it's jumping around a lot; not absorbing any kerb strikes or bumps or camber changes," a rueful Max Verstappen noted after qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix. The day before, he'd encountered headaches from "jumping around like a kangaroo" on the bumps and kerbs - now, the pain in his scrambled grey matter began to intensify as he tried to understand why Red Bull's form was beginning to elude it.

He had some idea, at least. Since Formula 1's aero regulations were dramatically changed for 2022, Red Bull has been almost perfect in every conceivable situation. The harmony between its suspension design and its aero balance had been almost unshakeable, to the point where the car was excellent in almost every situation.

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