“Thinks He Has Competition”: Fans Debate on Max Verstappen Being Delusional or Diplomatic After Downplaying a Dominant 2023 Record

Published 06/02/2023, 11:00 AM EDT

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Love them or hate them, Red Bull and its dominance is here to stay. With the introduction of new technical regulations in 2022, while other teams have tumbled and fallen, only Red Bull has maintained its poise. Consequently, after a period of Mercedes‘ dominance, Red Bull has finally returned to where they want to be-at the very top.

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Coming into the 2023 season, they only grew stronger, winning all six races, with four 1-2 finishes. As a result, Red Bull’s unprecedented dominance left everyone wondering: ‘Will Red Bull win every race of the season?’

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Although it is a claim trotted out whenever any F1 team enjoys a strong start, the Austrian team’s run in the 2023 F1 season says why it’s a possibility. Max Verstappen and Red Bull have demonstrated their car’s strengths across all the circuits, including difficult mixed conditions in Monaco, in a dominant fashion. As things stand after the incredibly challenging race in Monaco, they’re almost 30s ahead of their nearest competitor, Aston Martin- a frightening pace advantage!

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With no one else to challenge them, it’s Red Bull’s best chance to win every race of the season. Although it is an ultimate achievement, one that was only nearly completed by McLaren in 1988 with their 15 wins from 16 races, Red Bull obviously can do it. 

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However, when asked if Red Bull could become the first team to win every race in a season, the 2x world champion shrugged it off in a diplomatic manner. 

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After sweeping the field with Red Bull’s RB19, the Milton Keynes team now stands at the top of the championship, standing with 249 points – with a striking 129 points lead. On the other hand, their golden boy, Max Verstappen, continued to grow his title lead race after race. He now stands at the top with 144 points, after he won in an extremely challenging principality to keep Red Bull’s winning streak alive. So, after McLaren in 1988 with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, it’s Red Bull’s best chance to win every race in 2023.

However, when asked if Red Bull could win every race this season, Max Verstappen said: “That’s very unlikely to happen. We will always get a few tracks where it doesn’t work for us.” While many didn’t like the 2x champion’s diplomatic answer, some fans appreciated his modesty. One fan wrote: “He’s just being modest, they’re gonna win all the races.”

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On the other hand, many accused Red Bull and Max Verstappen of dishonesty. One user wrote: “What’s the point even asking Max or Horner a question? They will always lie and never give an honest answer.😂😂”

Basing Red Bull’s unprecedented dominance, many wrote why Verstappen winning every race of the season is ‘likely’ to happen. While haters wished against it.

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Madhu Nandigala

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