Why Red Bull might regret setting the Friday pace

Why Red Bull might regret setting the Friday pace

Singapore was meant to be Red Bull's best chance since the summer break of a win, yet it looks a genuine contender at Sochi. Trouble is, the three-way fight shaping up in Russia means its decision to introduce a new Honda part could come back to bite it

How the tables have turned. Last weekend, Max Verstappen and Red Bull-Honda were well off the pace in Singapore, but during Friday practice at Sochi emerged from the opening day of practice fastest by a third of a second from Ferrari.

Perhaps Red Bull really is quick enough to regret introducing new Honda V6s across all four of its cars this weekend, with the resulting five-place grid penalty that means Verstappen can't start from pole no matter how fast he might be. But despite Ferrari emerging from Friday's running very much second-best, there's also reasons for the reds to be optimistic.

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