Mercedes’ Reality Check: Red Bull Are Still the Team to Beat
Mercedes has demonstrated an upturn in performance since introducing a major upgrade package in Monaco last month. The team achieved its first double podium finish of the 2023 season in Spain, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell securing third and fifth places, respectively. While Russell retired from the recent Canadian Grand Prix, Hamilton engaged in a race-long battle with Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin and finished third.
Max Verstappen’s victory in Montreal extended Red Bull’s unbeaten run in the 2023 season. However, the relatively small margin of victory, with second-placed Alonso finishing within 10 seconds of Verstappen, has raised speculation that the gap at the front of the field is narrowing.