Eddie Jordan recently asserted he can only see one potential challenger of Red Bull
and Max Verstappen in 2024.
Probably everybody agrees that the Red Bull
Racing team will start the season at the top, but in terms of which team and driver will be able to challenge the team from Milton Keynes, opinions vary from expert to expert.
According to Christijan Albers, Lewis Hamilton is the only driver who can come close to Verstappen
in terms of tire management and consistency.
Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan added a third driver and team into the mix, saying he sees Charles Leclerc
as the only possible challenger. He told F1-Insider
"I only see one challenger, and that is Charles Leclerc. Ferrari must succeed in building a car this year that is on par with the Red Bull. Otherwise, I see black things when it comes to tension."
What is certain is that Leclerc won't be able to do anything without a competitive car, as we have seen in 2023. Therefore, the progress of his F1 team will be critical for his success.
Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko acknowledged the talent of the Monegasque driver
but also argued the Ferrari did not show the consistency needed to compete for the Championship.
We have seen Leclerc and Verstappen
battle on track at the beginning of the season 2022, and the Monegasque driver showed he could go toe toe to toe with the World Champion. Could we see battles like we did in 2022 again in 2024?