Newey: Verstappen now "clearly one of the all-time F1 greats"
The Milton Keynes outfit, Red Bull Racing, has been dominating the 2023 season by winning the first 13 races, with Max Verstappen achieving his ninth consecutive victory in his home race at Zandvoort. Verstappen and his team are on track to secure two more World Championship titles, solidifying his status as one of the all-time greats in Formula 1. Adrian Newey, Chief Technology Officer at Red Bull, believes that Verstappen’s driving has improved since his championship win in 2021, and he is now operating at the top of his game. Newey also expressed his admiration for Verstappen’s ability to drive the car with ease and focus on other aspects of the race. The 2023 season has been particularly remarkable for Newey, who has never experienced such consistent performance and reliability from a team before. As the season progresses, other teams may have the opportunity to catch up if Red Bull reduces their focus on development, as they begin shifting their attention to next year. In the recent race at Zandvoort, Red Bull’s tyre strategy for Verstappen was not optimal, but they still managed to maintain their position. Both drivers switched to full-wet tyres just before the red flag, but in hindsight, it would have been better to switch to intermediate tyres earlier. Overall, Red Bull’s performance and teamwork have been exceptional, contributing to their unprecedented success in the 2023 season.