Red Bull threatens Ferrari's status as 2nd best team in F1


"Our opponents were blisteringly quick in winter testing, so the Spanish Grand Prix will be anything but easy".

"As long as we remember that we shouldn't have problems".

As F1's most successful team, Ferrari entered the season with renewed hopes of challenging Mercedes after rising talent Charles Leclerc joined Vettel in a potentially potent driving lineup.

Mercedes have won the first four races one-two, a record start for any team, despite Ferrari setting the pace in pre-season testing.

Since that time, 123 races have been contested, of which 82 have been won by Mercedes, 25 have been won by Red Bull Racing and have been 16 won by Ferrari.

Ferrari, however, are in desperate need of a victory to get their torrid start to the season back on track, to prove they can rival Mercedes.

Both teams have been talking up the other's chances.

"Qualifying was quite good, we were close behind Ferrari", he told "I think it's certainly too early for such an assumption", said the Swiss-born Italian. I enjoy the adrenaline rush we get from those laps.

Ferrari was consistently the quickest auto during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, suggesting that they would be the team to beat from the outset.

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Their dominant results, however, do not paint an entirely accurate picture. He's really revelling in his switch to McLaren this year and as a team it was impressive to see the raft of updates they brought in this weekend.

British bookmakers William Hill have Hamilton as race favourite at 6-4, with Bottas on 9-4 and Vettel and Leclerc priced at 9-2.

The Sky Sports F1 pundits have had their say on Ferrari's continued 2019 troubles after they were beaten by runaway championship leaders Mercedes and Max Verstappen's Red Bull in the Spanish GP.

Predictably, most of the teams will arrive in Spain with an array of updates for their cars that may make it more hard to predict performance, but Ferrari appear to have chosen to adopt a downbeat approach in advance. While Daniel Ricciardo rounded off the top 10 despite a three three-place grid penalty for his collision with Kvyat in Baku, his teammate Nico Hulkenberg made a shocking exit in Q1 after damaging his auto.

It was the third pole in a row for the Finn who is seemingly keen to take the fight to the five-time world champion this year.

"It's good - it's not that it's a bad auto - but at the moment the Mercedes is just quicker than us everywhere".

Here, we take a look at the key talking points ahead of Sunday's race. Everything is great within the team.

"But the fundamental key is that we have to be a team player".

Hamilton now leads the Drivers' Championship and is on 112 points, 46 points ahead of Verstappen in third.

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