The real reason Red Bull holds the key to F1 2017

The real reason Red Bull holds the key to F1 2017

All eyes will be on Red Bull and Ferrari to end Mercedes' dominant run at the front of Formula 1 in 2017. But if Red Bull can draw level or even ahead of the silver cars, it could find itself with new headaches

Lewis Hamilton's spectacular Malaysian Grand Prix engine failure not only effectively decided the 2016 Formula 1 world championship, but it also overshadowed a moment that could become a significant storyline for 2017.

It's easy to assume that Red Bull holds the key to F1's new super-fast era, with the shift back towards more aero-dependent rules likely to put the Milton Keynes-based team back in the title picture. The new rules were enough to relight Adrian Newey's F1 fire, and that in itself is a tantalising prospect that will strike fear - or at least a heightened awareness of the Red Bull threat - in the minds of the other big hitters.

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