Red Bull continues their relentless march towards a season’s whitewash, securing 11 wins in 11 Grand Prix races and claiming victory in both Sprint events, they currently hold a commanding lead in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ standings.
The reigning World Champions not only have a 1-2 in the Drivers’ standings but have amassed more than double the points of the second-placed team in the Constructors’.
Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, and McLaren have all achieved P2 finishes in different Grand Prix races
President of the F1 drivers association, George Russell believes Formula 1 would be even more exciting without the dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull.
On Saturday, he took the time to connect with fans at the Belgian fan zone, sharing his thoughts, he said: “As we develop, everyone else develops so the gap is not so easy to close.”
“But to get a pole position last week [Hungary] was incredible, and I think yesterday [Friday] I was only a tenth off pole… well with Max out of the window.
“I think behind the Red Bulls there is a really great competition between the Astons, the McLarens and us and Ferrari.”
“Formula One would be so exciting if Max and Red Bull weren’t here at the moment.”
At present, Mercedes holds the second position, enjoying a 42-point lead over Aston Martin, with Ferrari trailing further by eight points.
Meanwhile, McLaren, the most improved team in the last three races, is rapidly closing the gap and posing a formidable challenge.
However, the Silver Arrows is determined to secure second place this season, surpassing their three main rivals.
“That’s the goal for us, to make sure we get the team into second place this year. We just have to give absolutely everything,” said Hamilton.
“I think we can definitely improve in the second phase of the year. We have an upgrade this weekend and a big, big thank you to all the team back at the factory. It means so much to them to be second this year especially where we’ve come from.”