Sometimes teams go through the motions of appealing in order to buy time on the Sunday night of a GP weekend, and then, on consideration of the facts and the chances of success, decide not to press ahead. Therefore, it’s clear that RBR is confident that it has a good case.Australian GP, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Toto Wolff is not underestimating the opposition, and the Mercedes boss says both Williams and Red Bull could have been more competitive in Australia
Wolff suggested that Red Bull would have been more of a threat had Sebastian Vettel not had a troubled weekend.
“If you see where they [RBR] were two weeks ago, we need to be very careful,” said Wolff. “We haven’t seen Sebastian running with a reliable car and a fast car, and you would expect him, with his experience, to go even faster. So we have to keep on pushing.”
While his Williams team mate Felipe Massa was out at the first corner, Valterri Bottas was one of the few drivers who could overtake in Australia, and he finished fifth despite losing time when he clipped the wall early on.
“I guess if you look at Valtteri’s pace before he hit the wall, and then I think his steering wheel was not completely straight, and then his pace afterwards, I would say if they have a normal race and they qualify better than here, probably they would have ended up on the podium. I’m quite sure they would have ended up on the podium.”Formula 1, Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Williams
Christian Horner is adamant that Red Bull Racing complied with the regulations during the Australian GP and can win its appeal against the exclusion of Daniel Ricciardo from his second place.
Ricciardo was deemed to have consistently exceeded the fuel flow limit of 100kg/hr, which is monitored by the FIA in real time.Christian Horner, Daniel Ricciardo, Formula 1, Formula One, Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel insists that he hasn’t given up hope of challenging for a fifth world championship this year – and believes that Red Bull still has enough time to catch up after its bad start in testing.
“It’s a long year,” he said today. “Our pre-season testing, our preparation, hasn’t been ideal and, yeah, we’re probably not in the best position for this race, but I think it’s a different story when we think about the championship. There’s a long way to go. Two years back Fernando was on the grid with 1.5 seconds to pole position but he was very close to beating us to the title at the very last race. Anything can happen. That’s why this race is important, just as any other one. But there are a lot of races this year.2014, Australian GP, Formula 1, Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull Racing enjoyed its best day of the season so far in Bahrain as Daniel Ricciardo completed 66 laps and set the third fastest time of the day in a run on soft tires.
While those numbers are encouraging, the distance covered was far below the 100 plus laps managed by five rival teams today, and while fast for today, Ricciardo’s time was still 2.5 seconds off the best lap recorded last week.Bahrain, Daniel Ricciardo, Formula 1, Red Bull Racing