Why Red Bull-Renault has shot at victory in partnership swansong

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Why Red Bull-Renault has shot at victory in partnership swansong
Edd Straw
By: Edd Straw
Nov 23, 2018, 10:11 PM

Red Bull won in Mexico and should have won in Brazil but for the intervention of Esteban Ocon. But its pace in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday practice suggests one final victory with Renault power should not be ruled out.

While a repeat of the front-row lockout from Mexico doesn't appear to be on the cards, there is the realistic hope of the team qualifying better than the third row, and if Red Bull can do that, the pace should be there for it to mix it at the front as Max Verstappen did at Interlagos two weeks ago.

Esteban Ocon's attempt to unlap himself in Brazil put paid to that potential triumph, but Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo ended up second and third fastest in Friday practice in Abu Dhabi - which raised hopes of Red Bull being in the mix again this weekend.

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