Connect with us

2018 F1

Red Bull emerging as F1 2018 title contender

Published

on

Red Bull is emerging as a potential favourite for the 2018 world championship.

After Mercedes’ Toto Wolff said on Tuesday that Red Bull is leading the testing pack, Daniel Ricciardo smashed the Barcelona circuit record on day two of the final winter test.

“It’s very close between Ferrari, Red Bull and us,” Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda agreed in conversation with Auto Motor und Sport.

“Right now it looks like a head-to-head between Red Bull and us. We don’t know about Ferrari yet, but going by Wednesday they are a little behind,” he added.

Australian Ricciardo thinks Mercedes still has the edge over Red Bull.

“I’m not sure about Ferrari, but I think Mercedes still look very fast,” he said. “But at least we’re not a second behind like last year.”

Some British bookies are showing Ricciardo with odds of 10-1 for the championship.

The Australian smiled: “I’m not a big gambler but if one of my friends is watching, then I’d say put a cheeky $75k on it.”

As for the battle behind the big three, Renault appears to be leading the pack.

“Toro Rosso looks a bit better than expected, and Force India a little worse,” said Williams’ Rob Smedley. “We are in the middle, roughly at the level of Haas.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2019 F18 hours ago

Vettel even stronger after Canada GP – Binotto

Mattia Binotto says Sebastian Vettel will “emerge even stronger” from the Canada GP penalty controversy. Last week, Ferrari dropped its...

2019 F19 hours ago

Marko rules out MotoGP test for Verstappen

Dr Helmut Marko has ruled out a MotoGP test for Max Verstappen. Marko said recently that MotoGP supremo Carmelo Ezpeleta...

2019 F19 hours ago

Ferrari concept change will take weeks

Mattia Binotto says it will take Ferrari “two or three upgrades” before the Italian team can take on Mercedes at...

2019 F19 hours ago

Pirelli design issue should be fixed – Binotto

Mattia Binotto has joined Red Bull in calling for Pirelli to change its tyre design. Last week, outspoken Red Bull...

2019 F14 days ago

Karting now physically harder than F1 – Grosjean

Romain Grosjean says even go-karting is now more physically difficult than racing in Formula 1. In Canada last weekend, five...

2019 F14 days ago

Not enough support for tyre change – Marko

Dr Helmut Marko has admitted he cannot get enough support to force Pirelli to change its controversial tyres. The Red...

2019 F14 days ago

Kvyat much more mature in 2019 – Tost

In his third stint at Toro Rosso, Daniil Kvyat is a better driver than before. That is the view of...

2019 F15 days ago

No B spec car for Paul Ricard – Abiteboul

Cyril Abiteboul has denied that Renault’s upgrade for its home race in France next weekend amounts to a ‘B spec’...

2019 F15 days ago

Honda to race second engine upgrade in France

Honda will take its second engine upgrade of the 2019 season to Paul Ricard next weekend. In April, just a...

2019 F15 days ago

Canadian GP race personal wake-up call – Bottas

Valtteri Bottas has described the Canadian GP race weekend as a personal “wake-up call”. With his new beard on show...

Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media