Red Bull’s dominance in 2023 means the Milton-Keynes-based squad can mathematically wrap up the Constructors’ Championship this weekend in Singapore.
Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have won 100% of the races so far in 2023 aboard the all-conquering RB19 Red Bull machine and Verstappen is in the middle of a record-winning run of races, having secured 10 straight victories last time out at Monza.
Red Bull boasts a hefty lead in the Constructors’ standings, scoring 583 points so far, 310 more than Mercedes in second on 273 points.
Post Singapore, there will be a total of seven grands prix and three Sprints, leaving a total of 353 points will be left on the table for teams to score.
In order to wrap up the Constructors’ title in Singapore Red Bull will need to outscore Mercedes by 43 points or more.
The only way to achieve this is via scoring a 1-2 finish to secure a score of 43 points and hope that neither Lewis Hamilton nor George Russell finish in the top 10 places on Sunday.
If Red Bull were to secure a 1-2 finish and also set the fastest lap of the race, then Mercedes would need to score two points or more to stop the runaway leaders from claiming the Constructors’ crown at the Marina Bay Circuit.
A Red Bull 1-2 certainly isn’t out of the question this weekend. The team picked up its sixth of the campaign last time out in the Italian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s first-ever at Monza – but the team did experience some setbacks in Singapore last year.
A fuelling issue for Verstappen in qualifying meant the Dutchman started the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix from eighth on the gird and in a chaotic wet-dry race could only finish seventh, with Perez claiming victory.
Those within Mercedes’ ranks are also quietly confident that they will have a strong weekend in Singapore, with the W14 having fared better at high-downforce circuits throughout the year.
The Brackley-based squad’s Trackside Engineering Director Andre Shovlin has said he’s “certainly hoping” the Mercedes crew will fare better around the Marina Bay track.
It’s simply a matter of time until Red Bull wraps up the Constructors’ title in 2023, with Max Verstappen almost a certainty in the case of the Drivers’ Championship.
Whilst the Dutchman can’t wrap up a third successive title this weekend in Singapore, he could be within a chance of securing the title in Suzuka, just as he did last year.
Verstappen currently enjoys a 145-point lead over teammate Perez in the Drivers’ standings, but with 180 points left after proceedings conclude in Suzuka next weekend, he will require misfortune on the Mexian’s part to take the title in Japan.