Red Bull has been dominant in 2023, winning every race up to the Spanish GP till now. It's safe to assume that the Milton Keynes team's success has piqued the interest of other F1 teams wanting to learn from their design. However, one of the most shocking facts is that Red Bull borrowed a concept that improved their performance from Williams. Under the new rules, Williams is probably one of the least competitive teams and is unlikely to inspire envy in the technical departments of its rivals. Red Bull, however, admitted they had copied a rival's design in the lead-up to the Spanish Grand Prix. In fact, Red Bull 'copied' Williams' top-corner diffuser designs, which resulted in a marginal boost to downforce. And according to Red Bull, even if it didn't make a huge difference, it was still effective enough to boost RB-19's performance on the circuit.
F1: Max Verstappen Spanish Grand Prix Performance
Two-time reigning champion Max Verstappen extended his lead in the title race this year to 53 points as he drove his Red Bull to a commanding victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. The 25-year-old Dutchman led from the start to the finish and won by 24 seconds. Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton finished second, while the recently revitalised George Russell finished third, both in much upgraded Mercedes cars.
Despite receiving three official warnings for violating track limitations, Verstappen won for the third consecutive time, the third time in Spain, the fifth time in seven races this season, and the 40th time in his career. After the race, Verstappen emphasised how much fun it was to operate a car of this class.
F1: Mercedes Spanish Grand Prix Performance
Although Max Verstappen cruised to his fifth win at the Circuit de Catalunya, the more significant news was that Mercedes, with their new B-spec W14, had possibly renewed themself as the major challenge again to Red Bull. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished on the podium for the first time this season in Spain, although the official timesheet indicates a massive 24-second deficit between Hamilton and easy winner Verstappen.
When asked immediately after the race whether he was worried that Mercedes will soon be breathing down their necks, Christian Horner, Red Bull's boss, was eager to stress that seismic difference. The Formula One season continues this week in Montreal, and Wolff thinks Red Bull's lead isn't quite as substantial as it appears.
Mercedes moved into second position in the constructors' championship, 135 points behind Red Bull, after the Spanish grand prix, passing Aston Martin.