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Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso feels Red Bull will continue to dominate Formula One next season despite the new rule changes that will come into effect.
Red Bull have cleaned up once again in 2013 with Sebastian Vettel claiming his fourth straight driver’s title and the team out of sight in the constructor’s World Championship.
Vettel has already won 12 races this year and has taken the chequered flag in the last eight Grands Prix, with every chance that he will make it nine consecutive wins at the season finale in Brazil.
The Red Bull cars have been considerably quicker than their rivals throughout the campaign and it is widely acknowledged that they make the best use of technology which uses exhaust gases for aerodynamic effect.
But the authorities have now decided to step in and have ruled that exhaust pipes must exit the car in an area where they cannot be used in that fashion next season.
Vettel has already stated that he feels the rule changes will level the playing field to a certain extent and confessed that he has no idea if he and his team will claim the spoils again in 2014.
But Alonso, who will finish the season as a distant runner-up to the German flyer, does not believe that the rule-tinkering will have a big enough effect to change the status quo.
“Red Bull has a one-second advantage, so they can put whatever exhaust blowing or engine in their car and they are still on pole,” he said.