Red Bull make 2024 demand as Max Verstappen faces massive threat

Red Bull lead the Constructors' Championship by 256 points after 12 races of the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has urged Formula 1 not to make any changes to the regulations for 2024, with the Briton believing that the field will be closer next season.

The Austrians have been sensational in 2023, with them currently being the only side to have won a race this season.

Red Bull have gone 12 for 12 so far, making many believe that they very well could win every race in the campaign.

Most of Red Bull’s wins have come courtesy of reigning World Champion Max Verstappen, who has claimed 10 wins himself.

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He’s currently on a run of eight consecutive victories, with him having staggeringly won 25 of the 34 races since the new aerodynamic regulations were introduced last season.

He leads the Drivers’ Championship by 125 points, whilst Red Bull boast a ridiculous 256-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship.

Mercedes are currently second in the championship, yet they’ve rarely been second in the pecking order.

Red Bull have been able to build such a big gap due to the pecking order behind them having changed on a race-by-race basis.

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Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin and McLaren have all been second in the pecking order at some point this season, making consistent results very difficult to come by.

Red Bull have made the most of this at the front of the field, with the side likely to start focusing on their 2024 car shortly.

Some teams have called for rule changes to help bridge the gap to Red Bull; however, Horner has called for the complete opposite.

Horner believes the field will be much closer next season and will “converge”, should the rules and regulations be kept the same.

“Well, every week it keeps changing,” Horner told ESPN’s Unlapped podcast.

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“And, you know, one week it’s Ferrari, next week it’s Mercedes and then McLaren have turned up and Aston Martin were there at the beginning of the year. So every time we look over our shoulder it’s somebody else that’s there.

“And that in many respect has helped us of course, but yeah, it’s insanely close. And with stability in the rules, there will always be convergence if you want close racing, just leave the rules alone and you will always find the teams.

“You know, they will converge, the cars will converge. And so I totally expect next year to be a whole different kettle of fish to this year.”