Martin Brundle Expresses Concerns Over Red Bull’s Performance Ahead of 2024 Formula 1 Season

Martin Brundle has voiced his apprehensions following a meeting with Red Bull’s chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, prior to the start of the season.

Speaking on the Sky Sports F1 Show, Brundle disclosed details of his conversation with the 65-year-old engineering genius, expressing his reservations about the upcoming season. Brundle revealed, “I had dinner with Adrian [Newey] a week ago, and he seemed quite concerned that teams may have improved their cars even more and be closer to them.”

Despite Red Bull’s dominant performance in the previous season, where Max Verstappen clinched victory in 21 Grand Prix races, concerns have arisen about the team’s ability to maintain their edge. Brundle acknowledged Newey’s unease, stating, “Given his immense winning record, it’s hard to believe that he gets nervous, especially off the back of winning 21 Grand Prix last year.”

The expectations were high for rival teams such as Ferrari, Mercedes, and McLaren to narrow the gap during the winter break. However, pre-season testing has indicated that Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez continue to possess the fastest car on the grid, even after implementing significant changes.

Brundle shed light on the complexity of Red Bull’s new car, emphasizing its critical alignment with Verstappen’s driving style for guaranteed success. He quoted Newey, saying, “Yeah, it’s not that much different underneath,” referring to the innovative design elements, including a distinctive air intake.

Addressing Perez’s position within the team, Brundle noted, “Sergio Perez has been told to accept that he’s second to the Dutchman within the team.” Despite Perez experiencing small reliability issues during testing, Brundle suggested it might be an unfortunate coincidence.

As the Formula 1 world eagerly anticipates the Bahrain Grand Prix, Brundle emphasized that the unique nature of the Bahrain circuit compared to upcoming tracks would test Red Bull’s prowess. The team aims to replicate their dominance witnessed during testing over the coming months.