Red Bull: “Massive ask” to win all remaining F1 2022 races

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Max Verstappen looks almost certain to round out the F1 drivers’ championship in the coming races, with his first chance at the Singapore Grand Prix if he wins and title rivals Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez don’t score heavily.

Verstappen has won 11 races so far this season, including the last five in a row, and needs just three more wins from the remaining six races to beat the record for most triumphs in a season currently shared by Michael Schumacher ( 2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013).

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With Verstappen’s RB18 car looking to have a clear edge with its tire degradation characteristics, there is the opportunity for the Dutchman to round out the campaign without being beaten again.

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F1 will next make its first visit to Singapore since 2019, before making its first post-pandemic trip to Suzuka, then hitting the Circuit of the Americas, Mexico City, Interlagos and the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton, who is on the hunt for his first F1 win of the season, has already admitted that Mercedes will need luck to overcome the pace advantage Red Bull currently has.

“We have to be realistic that Red Bull is almost unbeatable,” said the Mercedes driver after the Italian GP.

“It will take some effort to beat that car. They are ahead of everyone in terms of performance.

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“We haven’t caught them, there are no upgrades coming to catch up with them. And so it will take some fortune to go our way.”

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is more cautious about the team’s chances, thinking the variety of different tracks appearing on the calendar will make it tricky, but not impossible.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Asked by TNZT about the potential to win all the remaining races of the campaign, Horner said: “That’s a huge question and [there is] a huge variety of circuits.

“Compared to Monza, Singapore has the most corners on the calendar. It’s bumpy, it’s a street track, so it’s a very different challenge.

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“We are in a great position in the championship. But we’re going to attack every race and do our best, then the points will come.

“But you know, we were even fast in Spa, Zandvoort, Monza and Budapest. So on different tracks the car performs very well.”

Red Bull’s straight-line speed advantage won’t be as much of an advantage in lap time in Singapore, where both Ferrari and Mercedes are more confident in their chances.

Horner thought it might be the toughest challenge of all the remaining Grands Prix on paper.

“It should be one of the more difficult races, I would say,” he said.

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