Fans may hate F1 dominance, but it's at the series' heart

Fans may hate F1 dominance, but it's at the series' heart

OPINION: Red Bull's win in Austria prevented Mercedes from equalling a record held by Honda. Stopping such a run may be something to celebrate, but achieving dominance is ultimately part of the "unapologetic meritocracy" that is Formula 1

Max Verstappen may not have realised it when he sprayed the champagne on the podium with Honda's technical director Toyoharu Tanabe, but his triumph in Austria last weekend was an important one for keeping the Japanese manufacturer's records intact.

By stopping the Mercedes steamroller, Verstappen maintained a 21-year-old record that the German manufacturer has now failed to match on the three occasions it has had the chance to do so.

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