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Why the roots of Red Bull's F1 domination go back to its wilderness years

OPINION: It's a remarkable statistic that only once in the past 12 months has a Red Bull failed to win a Formula 1 grand prix. And, although the all-conquering team seems to have increased its advantage over the chasing pack again - making full use of the lessons it learned while Mercedes dominated - there may finally be some cause for optimism among its rivals

Just when Red Bull’s rivals appeared to be closing down the gap to Formula 1’s current benchmark squad, so the RB19 was able to find another gear and pull itself clear again.

With Max Verstappen’s race-winning advantage over the nearest non-Red Bull car having been whittled down from the 38.6 seconds it was in Bahrain to less than 5s at the British Grand Prix, the team’s major Hungary update appears to have lifted it well above the rest once more.

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