‘See you in 2025’, moan F1 fans as Red Bull champ Max Verstappen crushes competition in first pre-season testing sessionSome fans are insisting they will not even watch this season due to Verstappen’s dominance

F1 fans have already written the 2024 season off after Max Verstappen blitzed this year’s first pre-season testing session. And he has started off the new year in the same vein by crushing his opposition in the opening pre-season testing session on Wednesday. Verstappen finished day one a seismic 1.14 seconds quicker than McLaren’s Lando Norris in second, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz a further 0.1 seconds back in third. And while lap times in testing are not necessarily a reliable indicator of performance, fans are already handing Verstappen another world title. While a fourth responded: “But who will be second in the drivers championship? Verstappen won 19 of the 22 races last season, with Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez claiming two of the other three.

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