Is Red Bull really back in the game?

Is Red Bull really back in the game?

Red Bull caught the eye in Hungary by splitting the Mercedes drivers in practice. BEN ANDERSON looks into how genuine the team's pace is in qualifying and race trim

It's been a while since Red Bull looked this competitive heading in to the serious part of a Formula 1 weekend. The team that finished runner-up to Mercedes in last year's constructors' world championship has not really come close to being best-of-the-rest at any of the first nine grands prix of this season.

Of course Mercedes is down the road and far away, as it has been for most of 2015. Ferrari made a big gain with its engine for this year, and the SF15-T is undoubtedly a decent chassis, but it hasn't kept pace with Mercedes' rate of development, leaving the silver cars to dominate unless something untoward (like a fast start from a pair of Williams drivers at Silverstone) happens.

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