Red Bull has pace to upstage the title battle

Red Bull has pace to upstage the title battle

Daniel Ricciardo declared Austin day one Red Bull's best Friday of the year and is bullish about his race chance. Is Mercedes' crown slipping?

The emerging pattern developing from recent form in Formula 1 suggests Red Bull is now consistently quick enough on conventional circuits to potentially play a disruptive role in what remains of the championship fight.

Of course it is still the case that if Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg do a good job and are not derailed by technical problems, lost track time, or set-up blind alleys, they should qualify on the front row and win every race from now until the end of the season.

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