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Things Are Looking Bad For F1 Drivers Not Named Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen Leads F1 Testing by Over a SecondPeter Fox - Formula 1 - Getty Images

In 2025, Formula 1 will be shaken up by major driver changes that are already underway after Lewis Hamilton's shock move to Ferrari. F1 fans will not be so lucky in 2024, with every single team on the grid carrying over both of their drivers from a 2023 season where one team won all but one race. Any hope of that pattern changing in 2024 will require another team to break Max Verstappen and Red Bull's stranglehold on the series. After one day of testing, things are not looking up.

Verstappen led combined times from Wednesday's two testing sessions by 1.1 seconds, a larger margin than the gap from second to eighth. It is an impressive debut for a radical new Red Bull design, one very different in appearance from the simple but dominant design the team used in 2022 and 2023.