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2017 F1 Team Preview: Red Bull

By Adam Tate, Associate Editor

Red Bull pulled clear of Ferrari last year to be Mercedes’ most consistent challenger. Max Verstappen won in Spain, Daniel Ricciardo was robbed of certain victory at Monaco, nearly pipped Rosberg at Singapore, and finally won in Malaysia. Such was the hype that they were widely expected to pick up where they left off and potentially challenge Mercedes for the championship this year. Testing was not a resounding success as the team played their cards close to their chest, but the prevailing feeling is that they are the third best team and not quite on the level of Mercedes or Ferrari, at least not yet.


No. 3 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia)
No. 33 Max Verstappen (Netherlands)

Key Personnel

Team Owner Dietrich Mateschitz
Team Principal Christian Horner
Special Advisor Helmut Marko
Technical Director Adrian Newey
Head of Aerodynamics Dan Fallows


Red Bull Racing RB13

Championship contenders?

Can Red Bull pick up the pace and challenge Mercedes and Ferrari for the title? Does Adrian Newey have a trick up his sleeve that the team are yet to reveal?

The stalwart team has the most exciting lineup on the grid courtesy of Ricciardo and Verstappen. Daniel was head and shoulders the best driver of 2016 and should have had about three race wins on merit. Verstappen is perhaps the most talented driver since Ayrton Senna and showed moments of brilliance last year in Spain and especially, Brazil.

The team had a low key two weeks for the preseason tests in Barcelona, where they ran into MGU-K issues with their Renault built, TAG Heuer-badged power units. They did have the fourth fastest time of testing with a 1:19.438 from Verstappen, but they only had the seventh most laps, 684 to Mercedes’ dominant 1,096.

The car they have brought to Australia already features updates to the sidepods and bargeboard area over what they showed in Spain. Red Bull may well challenge for the championship this year, they might not, but they will surely be in the hunt for victories before long.

The drivers are too good, the team is too good, to be denied for too long.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.