Red Bull dominant? If you look at the statistics, yes, Red Bull is dominant. But those statistics, according to Jan Lammers, former Formula One driver and sporting director of the Formula One Grand Prix of the Netherlands, do not tell the whole story.
While Red Bull has been dominant in 2023, former Formula 1 driver and Sporting Director of the Dutch Grand Prix Jan Lammers believes this does not tell the whole story.
The team captured 21 wins from 22 races and 860 championship points with the RB19, and also broke McLaren's 1988 record for most consecutive wins - but Lammers believes the team can still be vulnerable.
"I think there is much less dominance than it may seem," he tells RacingNews365.
"The Singapore Grand Prix showed that Red Bull can also be vulnerable.
"With the bad races [like Singapore] you win or lose championships, and Red Bull had few bad races.
"Max Verstappen's dominance also has to do with the competition behind Max. Take him away for a moment and you look at a top driver like Sergio Perez, and it shows what a normal championship would have looked like.
"The difference between Verstappen and Perez is the difference in driving.
"Max is pre-eminently one of those examples of someone who gets the most out of his car, out of his environment and out of the situations thrown up.
"So if you look back on the season now, it all seems like things worked out well, and there will certainly have been races where it all went quite easily, but they really had to work for it all the time.
Often on Fridays, things didn't look that great. Just look at how threatening some teams have all been at some point.
"We've seen them all [Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin and McLaren] up front once, but never over the whole season, and if every time someone else comes second or third, you get these kinds of big differences [in the championship.]"