Red Bull speed comes as a sur­prise for Mercedes

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World cham­pi­onship leader Nico Ros­berg says he’s been sur­prised by the pace of Red Bull this sea­son, and in­sists the team must be taken se­ri­ously as a ti­tle threat.

Mercedes racer Ros­berg has won the first three races of the sea­son, but was pushed hard in China by Daniel Ric­cia­rdo’s Red Bull in the early stages be­fore the Aus­tralian picked up a punc­ture.

Ros­berg said the up­swing in form from the Mil­ton Keynes team had caught his at­ten­tion: “Red Bull was a sur­prise. They were close in qual­i­fy­ing and in the race, although we see Fer­rari [as be­ing] right on us whereas Red Bull were still about half a sec­ond away in qual­i­fy­ing. But Red Bull made a big step, which is a sur­prise as they don’t have as much en­gine power as we do, so they are a force to be reck­oned with.”

Mercedes head Toto Wolff said: “Red Bull’s pace is strong. It would be good if they bounced back.”

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