Ferrari, Mercedes face ‘difficult’ challenge to challenge Red Bull for F1 titles in 2023, says Nico Rosberg

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After Max Verstappen’s emphatic title win, Nico Rosberg believes Red Bull can be the dominant team in Formula One for the foreseeable future.

After Max Verstappen’s emphatic title win, Nico Rosberg believes Red Bull can be the dominant team in Formula One for the foreseeable future.

Nico Rosberg says it will be “so difficult” for Mercedes and Ferrari to challenge Red Bull at the top of the Formula One grid next season.

Red Bull have confirmed the addition of the constructors’ championship to Max Verstappen’s second consecutive drivers’ title as the Dutchman won the United States Grand Prix and will undoubtedly continue in 2023 as the team to beat.

Ferrari have shown strong speed in the 2022 season, but a mix of mistakes and reliability issues have seen the Italian team – and its driver Charles Leclerc – fall out of contention.

Mercedes, whose run of eight consecutive constructors’ titles has now officially ended, has made a nightmare start to the year after struggling to adapt to new design rules for the 2022 season and, despite improving, is just behind Red Bull going into the final three races of the campaign.

“Red Bull is the dominant force at the moment in the way that Mercedes has been all these years,” Rosberg said. Every Monday driven on Sky Sports F1.

United States Grand Prix Highlights from Circuit of the Americas.

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United States Grand Prix Highlights from Circuit of the Americas.

United States Grand Prix Highlights from Circuit of the Americas.

“Securing that constructors’ championship so early, also having such a dominant team in every area at the moment, just like Mercedes had.

“They’ve got the car, they’ve got the speed of development over the season, the reliability now, they’ve got the driver who is the best or equal to the best in F1 right now, they’ve got the strategy – to always nail it all the time. It just all comes together in an amazing way, the engine looks great too.

“It’s definitely in a period now where it’s going to be so hard for any other team to get close again, even next year, the way it’s going right now because they have such momentum.”

Christian Horner discusses the 'strength' of the Red Bull team after Max Verstappen won the US Grand Prix and the team won the constructors' championship.

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Christian Horner discusses the ‘strength’ of the Red Bull team after Max Verstappen won the US Grand Prix and the team won the constructors’ championship.

Christian Horner discusses the ‘strength’ of the Red Bull team after Max Verstappen won the US Grand Prix and the team won the constructors’ championship.

Mercedes, who remain winless in the race this season, produced one of their best performances of the campaign as Lewis Hamilton came close to victory in Texas but were denied a late pass by Verstappen.

“It will be really difficult for Ferrari or even Mercedes to come close,” Rosberg continued.

“For Mercedes, the Achilles’ heel is that straight line pace, my God, they’re slow on the straights, especially compared to Red Bull.

“I really hope they can find the secret there to unlock some pace on the rights.”

FIA in ‘lose-lose’ situation with cost cap saga

An issue that could hamper Red Bull’s hopes of continued dominance is the ongoing spending cap saga after it was found they overspent in the 2021 season.

Red Bull has been offered the terms of an “accepted breach agreement” after being the only team to breach last season’s $145 million spending limit, and a punishment announcement at the United States GP was expected.

However, the death of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz has brought the FIA ​​discussions to a halt, with a resumption expected ahead of this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg described the spending cap saga involving Red Bull as

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Nico Rosberg described the spending cap saga involving Red Bull as “terrible” and said the FIA ​​had to make a tough decision on what punishment to impose.

Nico Rosberg described the spending cap saga involving Red Bull as “terrible” and said the FIA ​​had to make a tough decision on what punishment to impose.

Rival teams accused Red Bull of “cheating” and argued their punishment should amount to more than a fine, with proposals including reduced wind tunnel time for their car from 2023.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner insists they have benefited “zero” from a “developmental or operational point of view” from the overspend and described the accusations from rivals as “shocking”.

Rosberg believes Red Bull are in a “lose-lose” situation, with whatever decision the sport’s governing body makes likely to attract criticism.

“It’s so difficult to answer at this stage because we all don’t even have the details of how it was breached and certainly that’s relevant,” Rosberg said.

Christian Horner claims Red Bull being accused of fraudulent activity is 'shocking' as he responds to Zac Brown's letter.

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Christian Horner claims Red Bull being accused of fraudulent activity is ‘shocking’ as he responds to Zac Brown’s letter.

Christian Horner claims Red Bull being accused of fraudulent activity is ‘shocking’ as he responds to Zac Brown’s letter.

“What was done with the extra money that was used? Was it to buy sandwiches or was it to develop the car with one additional improvement?

“I think it’s so hard to judge from the outside and it all has to be taken into consideration. I think it’s best to just wait and be patient.

“For the FIA, the problem is that it’s really a lose-lose situation because if they really take away points for last year’s championship, at worst even points from Max, that would be really bad for everybody.

“But if they’ve made a major spending cap violation of a few million or whatever, and that’s really given them a performance advantage, if they don’t come in very strong and aggressive, that’s also a lose-lose.”

“It is so difficult and I hope the FIA ​​can find the fine line and get it right, but we have to wait and see.”

Lewis Hamilton says the emotions of last year's championship result have been brought back when it comes to breaking Red Bull's spending cap.

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Lewis Hamilton says the emotions of last year’s championship result have been brought back when it comes to breaking Red Bull’s spending cap.

Lewis Hamilton says the emotions of last year’s championship result have been brought back when it comes to breaking Red Bull’s spending cap.

Lewis Hamilton, who narrowly lost the 2021 drivers’ championship to Verstappen in hugely controversial circumstances, said ahead of the US Grand Prix that the spending cap situation was “reviving emotions” from last season.

Rosberg, who drove alongside Hamilton at Mercedes before retiring after winning the 2016 world championship, said the close nature of the 2021 race only increased the challenge for the FIA.

“The terrible thing about it is that the championship was decided by one second, on the last lap of the last race, so the whole championship was so hotly contested,” he added.

“So for this to happen now, it’s just terrible. I don’t know how they’re going to figure it out, it’s not good.’

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