Can Red Bull really mix it at the front?
After trailing Mercedes and Ferrari substantially in Australia and China, Red Bull was right on the pace in Bahrain Grand Prix Friday practice. It slightly surprised itself in the process, but will that performance be seen when it matters?
It's fair to say Red Bull has so far been nowhere close to where anyone expected it to be heading into this new Formula 1 season. OK, Max Verstappen scored a heroic podium in mixed conditions in China, but the RB13 has still been way off the pace set by Mercedes and Ferrari in 'normal' conditions.
Despite exuding confidence after the first week of pre-season testing, Red Bull ultimately struggled to get the RB13 working properly during week two of Barcelona running, and those difficulties continued through the first two races of 2017.
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