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Ross Brawn

Brawn challenges Red Bull over F1 driver line-up

Red Bull has dominated the current Formula 1 season but much of the success has gone the way of Max Verstappen, while Sergio Perez has struggled in the second seat - leading to question marks over his future with the team.

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Ex-Formula 1 Managing Director and Team Principal Ross Brawn believes Red Bull should switch up its driver line-up amid Sergio Perez's struggles.

Red Bull's dominant campaign has seen it win 19 out of the 20 races staged so far, with Max Verstappen securing 17 of the wins.

Verstappen is enjoying one of the most dominant seasons in F1 history and secured his third World Championship at the Qatar Grand Prix last month.

Speaking to Talksport, Brawn hinted that Red Bull will hold an advantage over the field at the start of next year.

“Even though they have this domination at the moment, you will see it in time,” Brawn said.

“And we’re seeing little indications. I mean McLaren with [Lando] Norris and occasionally [Oscar] Piastri, they’re knocking at the door, keeping them honest, let’s put it that way.

“I think over this winter, I’m optimistic that there will be a reset.

“When you’re at the front, you have the advantage of being able to start the design of your new car earlier and that’s when that domination can sometimes run for several years.

Brawn calls on Red Bull to copy Mercedes

Perez showed strong pace at the start of the campaign but his speed tapered off as the season wore on.

Question marks were soon asked over his future with the team amid his issues, but Red Bull has asserted on multiple occasions that Perez will drive for the squad next year.

However, next season will be Perez's last on his current deal and Brawn has suggested that Red Bull should mirror Mercedes' past strategy of employing drivers.

“What I want to see quite frankly is someone more competitive in the other car because unfortunately Sergio’s not putting up much competition for Max,” said Brawn.

“And even when you get a dominant car, if you can get someone in the other car who’s giving them a hard time and we think of [Nico] Rosberg and [Lewis] Hamilton, that was a great year and year when Mercedes were dominating.”

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