Friday form guide: Merc/Red Bull intrigue deepens

Friday form guide: Merc/Red Bull intrigue deepens

Early forecasts suggested Pirelli's new rubber would enhance Mercedes' prospects, but as Mark Hughes explains, the numbers appear to contradict that - at least at first glance

Coming into what's quite possibly the most intriguing, politically-loaded weekend of the year, with the story of the championship apparently poised on the pivot of whether the abolition of the steel-belted Pirellis has altered the competitive picture, the answer is… not clear!

The numbers suggest one thing in how the Red Bull versus Mercedes battle looks set to play out around the Nurburgring. Instinct suggests another picture entirely.

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