Red Bull is ‘dominant’ in F1 but needs to address reliability

Max Verstappen scored his sixth win of the 2022 season at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, opening up a 46-point lead at the top of the drivers ’championship.

It marked Red Bull’s sixth straight win and seventh in nine races so far this year, giving him the top lead at the top of the constructors ’championship.

The turnaround for Verstappen’s fate is fast this year. Following two DNFs in the first three races, he sat 45 points behind Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, just to enjoy the massive swing of the season from Australia.

Red Bull adviser Marko urged caution in Verstappen’s lead, citing “how fast it can spin” in F1, but was buoyed by the team’s recent appearance and consistent success.

“The main thing is you have to finish and avoid things that are trustworthy,” Marko told Motorsport.com.

“We also had a sprint race, which helped a lot so we could get more points.

“We have an incredible run today, usually in the first half of the season we were always catching up and now dominant.

“You have to say that if you win seven races in the first nine, that’s domination.”

The run of form has seen Red Bull enjoy the best start to an F1 season since 2011, when Sebastian Vettel won six of the first eight races towards dominant victory in both championships.

But there were still some reliability concerns for Red Bull earlier in the year. Verstappen failed to finish in Bahrain and Australia due to a fuel line issue, while team-mate Sergio Perez was sidelined early in Canada due to a gearbox problem.

“Reliability is always a concern if you have a car that is over the limit,” Marko said.

“You see that in Ferrari. The only non-technical DNF is the Mercedes, but they have to lift in some races because of overheating problems.

Red Bull is set to investigate what happened to Perez’s gearbox in Canada, but team principal Christian Horner said it “looks like a gearbox failure”.

“It’s definitely something in the driveline, the engine looks fine,” Horner said. “So until we get it back, it’s hard to say. But this is a perceived gearbox.

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