Red Bull Racing has taken the fight directly to Ferrari in an attempt to snag second place in the Constructor Championship. With Daniel Ricciardo ahead of both Ferrari drivers— and Max Verstappen nipping at their heels— it seems more than likely that Red Bull will finish ahead of the iconic Italian Company.
As the Mercedes team continues to dominate the sport, Red Bull has always been in contention in Formula 1. Prior to Mercedes picking up both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull had won 3 Constructor Championships, from 2011 to 2013, with Sebastian Vettel winning the Driver Championship each of those years for his team.
While their chances of winning this year have become increasingly slim, they still rely on youth to push the team forward. Vettel was only 21 when he first joined the team and won his first Driver Championship in his second season for Red Bull. Now they hope to get a similar result from 18 year old Max Verstappen.
Since his promotion from Toro Rosso to Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer, Verstappen has proved he can compete with the biggest names in the sport, and even beat them. His first Formula 1 victory came directly after his switch from Toro Rosso at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Ricciardo, who was brought on following Mark Webber’s retirement, has also proven to be a crucial component to Red Bull’s success. While he has not won a Grand Prix since Belgium in 2014, he has 14 career podium finishes and holds 18 points over Sebastian Vettel for third place in the Driver Standings. The success of the two drivers has helped push them ahead of Ferrari and inch toward Mercedes.
We can expect to see even more ground gained on the opposition this week when Formula 1 heads to Singapore at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Ricciardo currently holds the lap record on this track and finished second last year, behind Vettel. While Rosberg and Hamilton continue to fight for points, it seems possible for Red Bull to hold some of the spotlight this upcoming Sunday.