Norris ‘run out of ideas’ wish to end Red Bull stranglehold

Lando Norris is hopeful Red Bull will soon “run out of ideas” as the team continues its stranglehold over F1.

But the McLaren driver has touted Ferrari to put up more of a challenge for the Milton Keynes-based outfit at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen has won each of the last three drivers’ titles whilst Red Bull has dominated the teams’ standings, with just one non-Red Bull driver securing victory since the beginning of last season.

Asked if he felt there was an end in sight to Red Bull’s dominance, Norris told media including RacingNews365: “I think for things to really shake up, we have got to wait for 2026.

“That can potentially be a big shake-up for every team, with PUs [power units] being one of the biggest things.

“Right now, there’s not really anything between PUs but a lot more between cars.

“I expect Red Bull, being the team they are, to always carry an advantage because they’re ahead. They’re just as smart – smarter in many ways – and if they do just as good a job as any other team, they should always carry the advantage that they have.

“But you do hope they start to run out of ideas.”

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Concerns over continued domination have risen after two comfortable one-two finishes for Red Bull in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to begin the new season.

But Norris has cast a more positive outlook on the campaign, adding: “I think every team is catching up.

“Even if you look at our 12 months of progress from last year, we have been the team that has developed the most and the best-developing team.

“So when you look at it from that perspective, we can be very happy with the job we are doing, but it’s not enough and not close enough to challenge them.

“I think there will be races where Max won’t win. Ferrari is closest and I think this weekend, you might see Ferrari close.”


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