F1 race-winner Mark Webber expects Max Verstappen to comfortably take the championship this season, continuing what he has described as a "dominant" opening sequence of races.
After Ferrari's impressive start to the season, Red Bull has found another gear and capitalised on the unforced errors of their Maranello-based rivals.
"Red Bull will continue to dominate this championship. They have a car that is very good on downforce levels, on all compounds of tyre", Webber told The Guardian.
"It's like a tennis player on all surfaces or a golfer on all holes... the Red Bull can do everything.
Red Bull have pretty much an answer for everything at the moment. Max could wrap it up with three races to go."
The narrative surrounding the 2022 season has completely reversed from the opening sequence of races, in which Red Bull's title campaign was compromised by their reliability issues.
Perez's retirement in Canada acts as a warning against the Austrian squad becoming complacent, but their efficiency and relentlessness (culminating in a 6-race win streak) make them the team to beat.
Webber also spoke about Red Bull's overall resiliency and ability to perform under pressure, which he believes will serve them well over the course of a season:
"I know deep down they like the heat, delivering under pressure. Strategically they are brave. They are quite free.
Even with the trophy cabinet they have, they don't have paralysis by analysis. Give them a job, and they just get on with it."
Dismissing Ferrari at this stage - similar to how Red Bull's chances were downplayed after Australia - would be unwise. Still, the consensus seems that this is Verstappen's championship to lose.
There will surely be more spanners in the works this year, and it seems plausible that reliability could continue to play a role in disrupting the championship order.