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Red Bull RB20 Still Best, But McLaren and Ferrari Expose Weaknesses: End of Max Verstappen’s Autocracy

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The Red Bull RB20, designed by Adrian Newey, has been the dominant car on the grid. Its innovative features, including the high-rake concept and efficient aerodynamics, have given Red Bull Racing a competitive edge. Max Verstappen, the team’s star driver, has capitalized on this advantage, securing victories and podium finishes.

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McLaren, led by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, has made significant strides. Their Mercedes-powered MCL35M has shown impressive consistency and pace. Norris, in particular, has been a revelation, consistently challenging the Red Bulls. His podium finishes and strong performances have put McLaren back in the spotlight.

Ferrari endured a lackluster 2020 season, but their SF21 has marked a resurgence. Carlos Sainz Jr., alongside Charles Leclerc, has been a revelation. Sainz’s podium finish in Monaco showcased Ferrari’s progress.

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Red Bull Insider Calls Tsunoda’s Potential Team-Mate Decision a “Luxury Problem”

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Red Bull Racing faces a delightful dilemma: choosing a teammate for Yuki Tsunoda in the 2025 season. With both Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo’s contracts expiring, the team is exploring exciting options.

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The Japanese sensation has already made waves in Formula 1. His aggressive driving style and impressive performances have caught everyone’s attention.

A Japanese motorsport driver currently racing in the Super Formula Championship for Team Mugen. Despite limited F1 experience, Iwasa has consistently impressed. He currently sits third in the championship standings.

Helmut Marko, Red Bull Team Advisor, acknowledges Iwasa’s potential: “It’s a luxury problem. We have another Honda driver besides Tsunoda who finishes well.”

Tsunoda’s contract situation adds intrigue to the team’s decision-making process. The three-time world champion remains committed to Red Bull. He dismisses rumors of leaving for Ferrari or McLaren.

Verstappen appreciates the team’s investment in engine development and focuses on improving their package.

READ MORE: McLaren’s Recent F1 Success Inspires Mercedes Legend Lewis Hamilton

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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