The ‘radical’ Red Bull RB20 has been teased with praise for the outcast driver

The ‘radical’ Red Bull RB20 has been teased with praise for the outcast driver

Another busy day in the world of Formula 1 is in the books, so it’s time to catch up on the major Formula 1 news.

The circuit is said to fear a new ‘annihilation’ in Formula 1 2024 as Red Bull prepares to unleash a ‘radical’ concept change, while a driver who was part of the team’s line-up in Alex Albon has been branded a ‘hot property’ as he shines at Williams.

All this and more, let’s delve into the hot topics…

Red Bull to crush the rival’s hopes with the “radical” RB20?

The 2023 Formula 1 Championship has been a story of Red Bull’s dominance, with the team taking 19 of the 20 grand prix wins on offer so far, 17 of which have come the way of three-time world champion Max Verstappen.

Since the summer break, Red Bull has been focusing on next season’s competition, the RB20, which has its rivals reportedly fearing what is to come.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the way the RB20 generates and distributes downforce compared to the RB19 will be “radically” different, with ground tunnels and venturi working in an alternative way to create the ground effect.

Read more: ‘Radical’ concept change sparks ridicule as Red Bull attempts to ‘annihilate’ F1 2024 competition

Christian Horner praises ‘hot property’ Alex Albon

Albon would certainly love another stint at Red Bull with machines like the RB19 and the ill-fated RB20 at his disposal, but he is doing an excellent job at Williams as he continues to turn heads on the track.

The Thai driver is under contract to Williams until the end of F1 2024 and based on Horner’s words, the former Red Bull racer could find himself wanted for 2025.

“He’s got experience now, he’s definitely gotten tougher and he’s very popular again,” Horner of Albon said on Eve One.

Read more: Christian Horner backs Red Bull to become a ‘hot property’ in Formula 1

Mercedes was not affected by the INEOS-Manchester United deal

INEOS, chaired by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owns a third of the Mercedes Formula 1 team and is expected to add to its portfolio by acquiring a 25 per cent stake in Manchester United.

However, while this quarter share is set to cost £1.25bn, a source told that it “changes nothing” for the running of the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Read more: INEOS’ purchase of Manchester United ‘changes nothing’ for Mercedes F1 Team

An “annoying” engineer contributes to the suffering of Charles Leclerc Ferrari?

Like Mercedes, F1 2023 has also been a very disappointing season for Ferrari, with ambitions of a return to the title scene failing to materialise for both teams.

Charles Leclerc has at times been frustrating at Ferrari, a team that has seemingly tried to respond to its occasional shortcomings in terms of strategy by involving drivers more in the final decision-making.

However, former Ferrari team principal Peter Windsor said he would be “bothered” by this if he were Leclerc.

“I have to say, this engineer did talk to Charles, and I think if I were Charles I would be a little upset about that,” Windsor said in his latest live broadcast on YouTube.

Read more: Critic points the finger at the ‘annoying’ engineer over Charles Leclerc Ferrari’s travails

Jenson Button drops a bomb for Brown GB and Red Bull

In 2009, Button was part of Formula 1’s greatest underdog story as he raced to World Championship glory with the Brawn GP team, with the team also claiming the constructors’ title in their only season of existence.

But with a new documentary on the horizon to celebrate the story, Button revealed his attempts to join Red Bull before the Brawn GP team rose from the ashes of Honda’s shock withdrawal.

When asked on British television program This Morning if he had any idea that the Brown GB team would be so successful, Button said: “No, no. I tried to get out of it, because the team didn’t look like it would stick around.

“So I asked my manager and he spoke with Christian Horner about the leadership in his team and the junior team and they said: ‘No, all the contracts have been completed.’ So it’s like: OK, OK, let’s work hard to achieve it.

Read more: Jenson Button unveils Red Bull shock on eve of Brawn GP documentary

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