Red Bull’s Best Chance Yet

Someone Please Fight Back’ was only last week and this week, we could be treated to a non-Mercedes victory; notice the ‘could be’. The characteristics of the street circuit at Monaco may just help Red Bull Racing and possibly Ferrari close to the gap to Mercedes and mount a serious challenge to occupying the middle step of the podium on Sunday. And again, more Red Bull than Ferrari’s chance, but their ‘best chance yet’, undoubtedly so!  (Read: Mercedes Is The New Red Bull)

Lewis Hamilton is on a roll (is ‘winningly boring’) and for the first time in his Formula1 career, he has a strong car under him and a team-mate who is as quick, if not quicker. Let’s say, quick enough to push Hamilton to go that little bit quicker in sessions when it matters the most. Result? Four back to back GP wins for the Brit and then some sports business magazine crowing him as the ‘most marketable’ athlete of 2014; debatable in my view! (Read: Raikkonen To Endorse Magnum Icecreams)

Red Bull Racing (Courtesy: Red Bull Racing)

And then the technical battle of the sport only gets much deeper as we realize how fuel blends are gaining importance in the 2014 Formula1 Season especially in the wake of the new power unit regulations, in which case, is Mobil the reason why Mclaren is a slower? Talking of power units, it’ll be interesting to see how teams and drivers (more crucially) deal with the turbo lag that will occur in lower gears while accelerating out of corners. It’ll be a challenge most drivers will relish, but will a certain Pastor overdose on it? (Read: Racing First, Engineering Later)

Here’s what’s in store for you in the latest episode of our Formula1 Podcast:

  • We pay our tributes to the man who was ‘Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn’ in one, Sir Jack Brabham (Read: Come Back Michael)
  • Lewis Hamilton is faster, possibly, mentally stronger too? And of course, more marketable, or most, in this case
  • Power deficit between the Renault and Mercedes engines or not, Red Bull could stop the Mercedes juggernaut in the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix; will it be Ricciardo or Vettel?
  • How can Total’s fuel help Red Bull narrow down the gap to Mercedes? (Anyone willing to offer an engineer’s view?)
  • Mercedes misses Brawn, will he join them back?
  • Are the smaller teams less committed? Like, really?? (Read: Formula1 Puts Fans First)
  • Can Renault powered teams actually run out of engines by the end of the season? Will this affect the title battle (not that we may have one!)?
  • Nadal learns a lesson or two in engineering from Formula1
  • And finally, predictions for the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix!

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4 comments On Red Bull’s Best Chance Yet

  • i dont understand how Total can bring that Power deficit level to 50% when its clear mobile1 gave 20hp to Mclaren and ~13Hp to Redbull already.

    • Manohar, by changing the blends, efficiency in combustion can be achieved. Much like we use regular unleaded fuel and then we have the ‘speed 97’ octane fuels, etc. Since the new power units, blends too are evolving since the start of the season. The numbers could be pure speculation by the teams however.

  • yea i was talking about their expectations.. Total, Shell they all work whole year to improve their fuel..I’m sure they made some changes already in those last 5races… but how much more can they expect solely from fuel companies..
    I hear Renault did some software tweaking which should help in monaco.. overall this battle is getting very intense and beyond my views.

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