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The F1 cycles of staying ahead of the opposition

OPINION: Red Bull’s current Formula 1 domination follows a period in the shadow of Mercedes after its last spell at the top in the V8 era. Our special contributor has been part of several big teams that enjoyed streaks of control, and reflects on the ultimate challenge of maintaining the status quo in an ever-changing competitive landscape.

Will Red Bull be able to keep up its momentum and stay ahead in 2023 and beyond? That’s the burning question that only it will have an answer to. Reliability apart, it’s punishing these days to be that one step ahead of the opposition. Invariably, when it does achieve a level of excellence, this becomes the expected level that must be maintained - and everybody is rooting for you to trip up.

With the cost cap breach punishments handed out last year limiting both its budget and wind tunnel time, the reigning F1 world champions will be challenged to keep up its current levels. But it is at least defending a handsome advantage.

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