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F1 'cannot intervene' Red Bull dominance - Domenicali

Red Bull has been unchallenged in the first five races of the new campaign, bringing fears popularity figures could stagnate.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has insisted the sport's hierarchy "cannot intervene" to bring a halt to Red Bull's dominance. The Milton Keynes-based outfit is yet to be beaten this term, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez untroubled by rivals in the opening five races of the campaign. Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso was the closest to the Red Bulls at the Miami Grand Prix but finished the race 26 seconds adrift of winner and championship leader Verstappen, who had secured his second title by 146 points over Ferrari's Charles Leclerc last year. The ease of victory for Red Bull in the early stages of the season threatens to derail F1's rise in popularity garnered largely through Netflix docuseries Drive to Survive as well as the enthralling title battle between Verstappen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in 2021. Speaking at an event hosted by the Financial Times , Domenicali was adamant, however, F1 could not step in to curb Red Bull's dominance, placing the burden of equalising performance on the sport's financial regulations. “This year, we need to say the truth: Red Bull did a better job than the others, it’s a fact. But I would be imprudent to say the championship is finished," said Domenicali. “We cannot intervene in the performance of the teams. I am sure what we did in terms of [the] financial regulations will help to minimise the gap on the technical side.”

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