Russell says 10 drivers would fight for the title in Verstappen’s car

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George Russell says “maybe the last 10 victories” Max Verstappen has had “haven’t been fought for”, and adds “there’s 10 drivers you put in a Red Bull and they fight for the victory and the championship”.

After dominating the 2022 season, Red Bull has proceeded to win every single race in 2023 so far.

Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, George Russell said Red Bull’s car is so dominant that 10 current F1 drivers would be fighting for the championship if they were driving it.

“I think it is exciting now we are in this fight for second position, so that gives motivation,” Russell said.

“I have motivation because I am teammates with Lewis and it’s a challenge every single weekend. We have had a good battle the last 18 months and that motivates both of us.

“If you’re in a position where there is not really a lot to fight for, that’s when you start to lose motivation – you need those challenges to seek those rewards.

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“Even for Max now, for sure he is loving it but that feeling of crossing the line for the 50th time winning with not much competition in the last 18 months, and the last 20 victories he has had…

“Maybe the last 10 victories he has had haven’t been fought for, they have been pretty straightforward for him.

“Even if he starts P10, P15, it doesn’t matter. I am sure he would love to have a victory where he made the last little difference, that is what you all chase, that is when it’s the most exciting.

“There’s 10 drivers you put in a Red Bull and they fight for the victory and the championship, in the same way as a Mercedes for the last years…

“There are 10 drivers you could put in who will be fighting for victory,” the Briton concluded.

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