Stefano Domenicali has stated the Formula 1 organization cannot intervene to prevent Red Bull from establishing an overwhelming lead in this year’s world championship.
Red Bull has achieved an impressive feat by winning the first five races of the season and securing one-two finish in four of them.
This exceptional performance has given the Milton Keyes-based team its best-ever start to a campaign, leading the constructors’ championship by a margin of over 100 points.
In the drivers’ standings, reigning champion Max Verstappen currently holds the top position with three victories, while his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez is 14 points behind after securing wins in Saudi Arabia and Baku.
Red Bull’s dominance has been remarkable, as evidenced by its substantial gaps over its competitors. They finished a staggering 26 seconds ahead of the nearest car in Miami, and their largest margin of victory occurred at the season opener in Bahrain, with a commanding lead of 38 seconds.
Although the team’s dominance has not affected TV viewership figures thus far, there is a growing demand for Formula 1 to implement changes that enhance competition.
During an event hosted by the Financial Times, Domenicali emphasized that Formula 1 cannot intervene to halt Red Bull’s current stranglehold on the series.
However, he expressed optimism that the cost cap will contribute to a closer field in the short term, allowing for increased competitiveness among teams.
“This year, we need to say the truth: Red Bull did a better job than the others, it’s a fact. But I would be imprudent to say the championship is finished,” said Domenicali.
“We cannot intervene in the performance of the teams. I am sure what we did in terms of [the] financial regulations will help to minimise the gap on the technical side.”
Teams are set to bring their upgrade packages at the upcoming Imola Grand Prix, it is yet to be seen if the substantial gap in race space could be reduced.