As the Formula 1 season concludes with Red Bull's RB19 statistically hailed as the most dominant car in the sport's history, F1 pundit Tom Clarkson has offered a surprising insight, asserting that the car is 'not easy to drive,' challenging the perception of its seeming invincibility.
With Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez collecting Red Bull's first ever one-two finish in the drivers' championship, one may assume that the RB19, crafted by the genius Adrian Newey, is the main reason for such a one-sided season.
"I feel that these teams are going to have a bit of a shock," said Clarkson after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"I think they all think the Red Bull is really easy to drive, and it's clearly not.
"I was chatting to Daniel Riccardo, he says at low speed, the Red Bull is not easy to drive, and Max has said that himself as well.
"So there's no magic bullet."
Former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa echoed similar sentiments, emphasising that the RB19's difficulty is not an isolated case but reflective of the challenges posed by the current generation of F1 cars.
"I think that obviously the Red Bull is not an easy car," said De la Rosa.
"I mean, that's for sure. I think that Checo’s performances prove that point.
"However, I don't think that any car on the grid is easy to drive nowadays with the ground effect because all these cars with speed move the aero balance forward massively."
It's tricky to tame modern F1 cars
In a broader context, de la Rosa highlighted the inherent trade-offs in car setups due to the demands of different types of tracks.
"So you will never have a perfectly balanced car in low, medium, and high-speed corners. If you are aiming at high-speed balance, you will have a very understeery car in medium and slow speed [corners]. So it's never going to be perfect."
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