Formula 1 cannot step in to try and prevent Red Bull from running away with this year’s world championship, says CEO Stefano Domenicali.

Red Bull is unbeaten so far in 2023 after winning the opening five races of the season and finishing one-two in four of them.

It has marked the Milton Keyes-based outfit’s best-ever start to a campaign as it leads the competition by more than 100 points in the constructors’ championship.

World champion Max Verstappen sits top of the drivers’ standings after three victories, with Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez 14 points back after triumphing in Saudi Arabia and Baku.

Red Bull’s gap over the rest of the field has been startling, finishing 26 seconds ahead of the nearest car in Miami, with its biggest margin of victory coming at the season opener in Bahrain when it was 38 seconds clear.

While the team’s dominance has not had an impact of TV viewing figures so far this year, many are calling for F1 to make changes to improve the competition.

But speaking at an event hosted by the Financial Times, Domenicali stressed F1 could not “intervene” to stop Red Bull’s current stranglehold on the series, but believes the cost cap will help the grid close up in the short term.

“This year, we need to say the truth: Red Bull did a better job than the others, it’s a fact. But I would be imprudent to say the championship is finished,” said Domenicali.

“We cannot intervene in the performance of the teams. I am sure what we did in terms of [the] financial regulations will help to minimise the gap on the technical side.”