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Verstappen doubts another dominant Formula One season in 2023

Max Verstappen believes it is unlikely he will be as dominant in the 2023 Formula One season, with regulations allowing his rivals to be more competitive. The Red Bull ace bounced back from a slow start to the season to dominate the 2022 campaign, securing a record-breaking 15 wins to finish 146 points ahead of his closest rival, Charles Leclerc. Verstappen expects a much tougher fight from the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes next year, however, with the recent regulation changes allowing everyone to be “closer together”. “The others are not stupid. And certainly with these rules, which are a bit more restrictive than the previous set of rules, everyone is getting closer together,” he told RacingNews365. “All teams now have an idea of ​​which course to take so yes, I expect smaller differences next year, but that’s only good. Of course, I hope that we are still ahead, but that is not at all as obvious as this year.” Red Bull’s defence of their two titles will be further impacted by sanctions dished out after being found guilty of breaching Formula One’s budget cap, with Verstappen questioning the punishment. The 25-year-old added: “Probably everyone is more motivated because of this. I personally think it is a heavy punishment for what we have done, but yes, what can we do about it? “It happened and we will see next year what effect it really has had on us.” The new season begins in Bahrain on March 5, with a record-high 24 races scheduled across the course of the year.

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