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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38
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Formula 1 Canadian GP
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Was F1 too pessimistic about the 2024 season?

OPINION: When Red Bull started the 2024 Formula 1 season with two 1-2s in a significantly upgraded package, the possibility of another predictable campaign arose. But the current year has already proved much more interesting than the last, even with the same driver and team leading the standings. Here’s how and why it’s a warning for 2026 too…

It was so familiar. After a pole battle that ended with Max Verstappen heading Charles Leclerc, the former aced the race start and disappeared. Everything imploded for Ferrari's lead challenger and Sergio Perez eventually recovered a Red Bull a 1-2 from fifth.

The 2024 season opener in Bahrain was just like so many of the 38 Red Bull wins from the two preceding years.

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