Red Bull Racing: A Class Above, Says Mercedes’ Toto Wolff

Red Bull Racing

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On Sunday, Red Bull won its 12th successive Formula One race and 11th of the season. It forces opponents to think they’re facing a stronger team.

Max Verstappen won his 7th Hungarian Grand Prix this year, and his team won 21 of 22 races.

Now with 18 victories under his name, Verstappen led Lando Norris of McLaren, who was in the runner-up place on Sunday, by a margin of 33.731 seconds. This was the largest winning difference since 2021.

If the Dutch driver were a team, his 281 points so far this season would put him well ahead of Mercedes, which is in second place with 223.

“You saw Max’s speed today, and we saw it on Friday during the long runs. You can see them easily. Toto Wolff, the head of the Mercedes team, compared the situation to that of “a bunch of Formula Two cars versus a Formula One car.”

Wolff thought Mercedes had the second-fastest car and was making progress. Since Saudi Arabia in 2021, Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, has been on pole position.

In the first stint, the 38-year-old Briton admitted he didn’t have the speed to stay up, but the car was getting more drivable.


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“We have a lot of work to do,” said Hamilton. We have a long distance to go before we can beat the Red Bull Racing, and we are clearly behind the McLarens.

Russell suspected Mercedes and McLaren, who are fifth in the driver’s championship after a slow beginning, were perhaps tied for second place.

Only Mercedes has beaten Red Bull in the last year and a half, due to Russell’s victory in Brazil in November.