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In a game of points, it’s always clear who the winners are. Red Bull is in the lead and it looks like no one can do anything about it. Currently, the team is pushing hard with Max Verstappen dominating the tracks yet again. This reign has everyone thinking, who can rival the Red Bulls?

The Prancing Horses might be a good bet right now, considering their current form. The SF24 is driving beautifully at the hands of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. Tensions must be building in Red Bull as Ferrari stole the Australian Grand Prix from them and the pressure is on!

Ferrari catching up quickly with Red Bull

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Max Verstappen had to retire his car during the Australian GP and that led to Carlos Sainz bringing home the win for Ferrari. Red Bull was clearly unhappy as Sergio Perez also finished fifth. While this was a disappointment for the team, Christian Horner learned about how fast Ferrari actually is. Despite their win in the next race in Japan, the team is now aware that they cannot slack off.

Ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Christian Horner came forth to talk about his take on the Shanghai race. Horner spoke about his observations from the last few races and said, “There are many points available, it will be interesting to see how it goes.” Bringing the focus on their current rivals, he stated, “I think Ferrari was definitely competitive in Australia, and in Japan, we saw that their race pace was competitive. “

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Horner went ahead to say that Ferrari is their closest competitor in China making it clear that they know how close the Prancing Horses are. Getting a 1-2 finish might push Ferrari ahead of Red Bull as they are at 120 points. Red Bull will need to push harder in the further races as 141 is commendable, but still very beatable at this point.

All it might take is the Chinese Grand Prix to gauge how the season will go. One thing is for sure, Ferrari had an advantage because Max Verstappen was missing from one race, but considering how quick Sainz has been recently, there is a chance that he might overtake Verstappen.

Carlos Sainz Jr: Max Verstappen’s biggest threat

This is an incredible season for Carlos Sainz and a worthy departure from Ferrari. With one win early on in the season and more possible in the next 20 races, the Spaniard is probably the most popular driver in the sport. Although Sainz couldn’t race during the Saudi Arabian GP, he is extremely close to Charles Leclerc in points, and soon there won’t be enough drivers before Max Verstappen becomes his target.

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Carlos Sainz has always dreamed of being the world champion, and he is showing high potential. Christian Horner is not the only one to notice this, many F1 Pundits believe so too. This is his time to shine and he is not wasting a second of it. The winner of the Australian GP has made his place in the heart of every fan out there.

That being said, do you think Carlos Sainz Jr has a shot at the World Champion title? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Viren Mirpuri is an F1 Writer at EssentiallySports. With a Degree in Mass Media and a Specialization in Journalism, Viren is known for his speedy race day coverage outside of discussing the engine technicalities. Whether he's dissecting the latest technical innovations or unraveling the drama on and off the track, he ensures that his readers stay engaged and informed.
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