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Max Verstappen

F1 warns of 'manipulation' over Red Bull dominance

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has been near-untouchable in the opening seven races of the new campaign.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has insisted it would be 'unfair' to impose regulation changes in order to stunt Red Bull's dominance.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has been almost untouchable this season, securing seven race wins out of seven, as well as the Azerbaijan Sprint event. Charles Leclerc's pole in Baku was the only non Max Verstappen or Sergio Perez fastest lap in qualifying.

Red Bull's dominance has cast a shadow over F1's newest technical regulatory era which was introduced in order to close the field up and provide more exciting racing action.

Speaking to the Beyond the Grid podcast, Domenicali explained: "The gap is between one team and the others

"The others are very close but one team, Red Bull, did an incredible job. This is a job of meritocracy so we have to consider that they did an incredible job.

"It is true that the gap seems to be big, but we need to be prudent because we know in life, things can change very quickly. The others are very close, so they did an incredible job [and it] needs to be rewarded.

"It's clear the aim of what we want to do is to make sure these gaps will stay as close as possible and I am sure the other teams are looking at how they can catch up with the development - in the context of the budget cap.

"It will be interesting to see if the development of the curve of the team that is leading will slow down - at the end of the day, they did the better job in the shorter term."

Convergence will happen

Asked whether a mid-season change of regulations had been considered given the ease of which Red Bull has stretched its advantage this campaign, Domenicali insisted: "It is not fair to say that, it is not correct.

"We cannot be seen as a sport of manipulation. I do not envision this kind of approach at all.

"The rules were changed not many years ago and therefore, [convergence] will happen, for sure."

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