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What Red Bull needs to beat Mercedes in F1
OPINION: Last weekend's Eifel GP was another case of close but no cigar for Red Bull as Max Verstappen again finished runner-up. But could Honda's imminent exit provide Red Bull with the unexpected impetus it needs to beat Mercedes?
For all the change that 2020 has brought to Formula 1, there seemingly remains one reliable constant. As has been the case in each of the last six years since F1's hybrid power units were introduced in 2014, Mercedes appears destined to win another title double, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner praising its "most complete and rounded car" yet after its eighth win from 10 races at the Russian Grand Prix.
Red Bull has been the only team capable of challenging the Black Arrows in 2020, and indeed remains one of only two teams (the other being the sister AlphaTauri squad in the freak Italian GP) to deny Mercedes a clean sweep this year.
After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…
Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.
Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?
For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak
Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone
Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle.
Kimi Raikkonen's emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber teammate's own prospects. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here's how Nick Heidfeld's career was chilled by the Iceman.
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.
Wolff: Drivers critiquing Hamilton should question themselves
Racing Point defends switch to 2020 Mercedes suspension