Marc Priestley Claims Red Bull Aren’t ”Invincible” After Max Verstappen Gets His First DNF in Two Years

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Max Verstappen has suffered his first DNF in two years after falling prey to the identical destiny on the identical Australian circuit in 2022. That gave hope to each group to attain factors, as per Marc Priestley. The former McLaren mechanic believes the one-off incident exhibits the Austrian group is just not “invincible”.

Speaking on BBC’s F1: Chequered Flag podcast after the race, the Briton mentioned, “Everyone all of a sudden noticed, and even manner down in the direction of the again, individuals noticed the chance of factors occurring. So, it’s opened up what made an amazing Sunday, an amazing race. Not simply because Max Verstappen was out of it.”

“This was an amazing race anyway, and it was shut racing. I feel this [Verstappen’s DNF] exhibits there’s a vulnerability to Red Bull Racing that all of us thought there sort of wasn’t. We thought they had been invincible. Well, they’re not.”, mentioned Priestley.

The Albert Park circuit has 4 straights with as many DRS zones. That, at the very least theoretically, ought to have performed to Red Bull’s power, which is straight-line pace. However, it didn’t for one easy purpose – the straights weren’t lengthy sufficient for the RB20 to succeed in its full potential. Moreover, each drivers confronted unfortunate incidents.

While Max Verstappen noticed his brakes catch fireplace, finally ensuing in his DNF, Sergio Perez took injury to his automotive whereas overtaking Fernando Alonso. The Ferraris took full benefit of Red Bull’s handicap to make an ideal 1-2 end. Fans would have witnessed some thrilling battles between Verstappen and Sainz had the Dutchman not retired.

That is as a result of the probabilities of the defending champion disappearing into the space on this circuit had been slim. The Maranello outfit is just not complaining, although. They have momentum in their arms. With that, additionally an enormous heist of factors.

Carlos Sainz’s conquer Max Verstappen sends a robust message

Until the Australian GP, Ferrari stamped its authority because the quickest behind Red Bull. However, the Italian giants tipped the percentages in their favor on the Albert Park circuit in opposition to the Austrian rivals. Max Verstappen could have floor out a pole place earlier than going through the forgettable destiny in the race however there have been areas the place Carlos Sainz was superior to him.

The Spaniard was the one non-Red Bull driver to register a race win in 2023. He carried that momentum in 2024 to realize a formidable podium end in Bahrain and now the race win in Australia. This ought to play massively in his favor as he prepares to maneuver out of the Ferrari camp in 2025.

His teammate, Charles Leclerc, who has retained his seat with an extension, stays forward on factors tally. Despite Sainz lacking out on the race in Jeddah and never successful any factors, the hole to Leclerc is slender. If the 29-year-old can preserve this golden run of type, he’ll cowl the 7-point deficit in no time.

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