F1 champion voices Red Bull concern after McLaren victory


Damon Hill, the 1996 Formula 1 world champion, has revealed why Red Bull is concerned about McLaren after its win in Miami.

Lando Norris claimed his first Grand Prix win at Miami International Circuit earlier this month.

McLaren has been inching towards the front of the standings after introducing major upgrade packages in 2023 following a slow start to the campaign.

According to Hill, McLaren's strong turnaround in form should be a concern for world champion Red Bull, who have lost twice in the first six rounds.

“They did something really bold, which was they threw their original car in the trash and said, ‘Well, that's not the way.’ We need to go back to the way that we think has more potential,” Hill told the newspaper. F1 nation Podcast.

“Since they've done that, they've built on that over and over again and they've really caught up. Their rate of progress has to be the fastest in Formula 1.

“Since maybe the middle of last year, their development progress in terms of lap times has gone up, and I wouldn't be surprised if they are the ones on the steepest curve going forward.

“This has to be a bit worrying for Red Bull, obviously it gets more difficult the closer you get to optimum, but their rate of progress has been exceptional.”

More gains

Norris stated after his win that McLaren could “100 percent” compete for the title next year – a prospect that McLaren CEO Zak Brown said would “end in tears”.

While it produced a strong performance to beat Red Bull in Miami, Hill called on McLaren to extract more potential from the car over the weekend.

“It was always going to be that if they continued on this path, it was always inevitable that they would win the race,” he said.

“To be very confident, they will have to overtake the Red Bulls in qualifying, get pole position and lead the race, gradually increase their lead and get the fastest lap.

“Then we'll hear more complaints from Max about understeer! He didn't like the fact that he couldn't catch up, and we didn't see that this year when he had to push.

“What does the car do? Where is the limit on that Red Bull? I think Miami showed that somewhere, there is a limit. I know there was talk of the car being damaged, but it [Verstappen] “I refuted that.”



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