Inside Line F1 Podcast: Red Bull Needs Wings

The start to the 2014 Formula1 Season for Formula1 hasn’t been the best. First we had F1 cars lapping at GP2 speeds, followed by Bernie Ecclestone’s trial in the bribery scandal and then the not so successful pre-season tests for our defending champions Red Bull Racing. (Read: Can Formula1 Survive Without Bernie?)

Given their performances in Jerez and Bahrain, it seems more like Red Bull Racing need a new engine (probably a Mercedes one!) over wings before they get to Melbourne for the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. So in this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we talk about the importance for Red Bull Racing to be competitive, pick our favourites and second favourite before we move our focus towards Pirelli, who wouldn’t be complaining about missing the F1 spotlight for a change!

Red Bull Racing (Courtesy: Red Bull Racing)

Here’s what is in store for our listeners:

  • Red Bull or Dead Bull? Will the lack of track time hamper their 2014 challenge? We need a competitive Red Bull Racing and we tell you why!
  • With Red Bull Racing struggling, is Lotus the lead team for Renault?
  • Complications in car build and assembly could lead to teams losing track time in 2014.
  • Mercedes seem clear favourites at the moment; we discuss the second favourites.
  • Have the Pirelli tyres for 2014 been tested enough?

With only four days of testing left before the Formula1 circus sets shop in Melbourne, the pressure is on the team to maximize their testing program in Bahrain. And crucially, all eyes will be on Red Bull Racing!

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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

3 comments On Inside Line F1 Podcast: Red Bull Needs Wings

  • *Get the car home*??…HaHa!!! True that.
    Force India topped the list yesterday!Yay. Good luck for the remainder of the testing week.
    I think RedBull may struggle for couple of races in the start but they might as well pick up in the second half…..that is, enough time to fix all the problems….After all, we have double points to save the late bloomers…HaHa.
    Hmm….Fingers crossed.

  • Very true. After the testing in Jerez and Bahrain it really looks like bull needs wings. When you compare the amount of laps put down by Ferrari, Mclaren and Mercedes, red bull is really miles away.
    I have a feeling that Adrian Newey and Horner will come with some idea to put them on par with Ferrair, Mclaren, Mercedes after Melbourne.

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