TEAM PRO­FILE RED BULL

F1 Racing (UK) - - SEASON PREVIEW 2018 RED BULL -

Name As­ton Martin Red Bull Rac­ing Ad­dress Brad­bourne Drive, Mil­ton Keynes, MK7 8AT, UK Chas­sis RB14 Power unit Re­nault (Tag Heuer) Team prin­ci­pal Chris­tian Horner Chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Adrian Newey

First GP Aus­tralia 2005 Races started 244 Wins 55 Poles 58 Fastest laps 54 Points 3,888.5 Driv­ers’ ti­tles 4 Con­struc­tors’ ti­tles 4

2017 Cham­pi­onship Po­si­tion 3rd Points 368 Wins/podi­ums 3/10 Poles 0 Fastest laps 2 Races in points 20

A slow start left Red Bull sig­nif­i­cantly adrift of Mercedes and Fer­rari early in 2017, but they made big strides through­out the sea­son. Will they con­tinue where they left off?

F1 RAC­ING SAYS...

Daniel Ric­cia­rdo and Max Ver­stap­pen knew they were in for a tough start to 2017 af­ter the first cou­ple of days of pre-sea­son test­ing. But rapid devel­op­ment through­out the cam­paign, par­tic­u­larly on the chas­sis front, gave both driv­ers con­fi­dence for a 2018 ti­tle as­sault. Power unit un­re­li­ablilty re­mains the main con­cern but Re­nault (badged Tag-heuer) claim to have moved closer to Mercedes and Fer­rari per­for­mance. Af­ter all, Ver­stap­pen beat Lewis Hamil­ton in a straight fight in Malaysia, and ut­terly dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings in Mex­ico. If Red Bull hit the ground run­ning with their new chas­sis, and Re­nault pro­duce an all-round com­pet­i­tive engine, Fer­rari may have a new ri­val.

OUR TIP: Red Bull will be push­ing Fer­rari to be sec­ond-best to Mercedes once more.

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