The new slate of regulations, brought in at the start of 2022 with the aim of bringing the field closer together, has seen Red Bull run away from the pack.
In this era, Lewis Hamilton has found himself far off the pace of his former rival Max Verstappen again this season, sparking frustration at Mercedes and among fans, who want to see someone fight Red Bull for victory.
“I’m challenged every single day to get back to the front, so it’s definitely not boring from my perspective,” Hamilton said.
“But as a racing fan watching, I can understand because there’s not as much competition as there perhaps is in the NFL or the NBA at the moment.
“That’s not my doing. As a sport they have already tried to bring the teams closer but it never seems to work. All I can say is that we’re working as hard as we can to close up and get back and give them more of a fight.”
However, despite the obvious challenges with the car’s performance, the seven-time world champion has not allowed his spirits to be dampened as he seek to find his way back to the front of the grid.
Verstappen has led the way so far, taking the lead in the championship standings, 14 points ahead of his teammate and over 40 points clear of his nearest non-Red Bull rival.
The Dutchman has taken three victories, while Sergio Perez has secured the remaining two, giving Red Bull success in every round of the 2023 season so far.
Ahead of Imola, Mercedes, Aston Martin and Ferrari are looking to find a way to mount a challenge to the dominant title-holders with a series of upgrades on the way.
Hamilton will be looking at his own team’s changes, as he still remains set on securing a record eighth world championship, surpassing the number held by Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.