Ten reasons to watch F1 in 2014
The new season is finally upon us, and NOBODY knows what’s going to happen. Great, isn’t it?
Posted: 14 Mar 2014
3) Vettel won't be in any position to win (for a little while, at least)
Unless Red Bull are pulling off the bluff of the century, they are having deep problems with the new RB10. It's a beautiful looking car as you might expect, but it seems Newey has taken too many liberties with Renault's V6, and especially its requirements to cool the charge air.
Simply put, it runs too hot, hence the unedifying sight of the dominant team in F1 for the last four years cutting holes in the sidepods of its car during testing. As a team, Red Bull is some 3000km behind Mercedes, Vettel some 2000km behind Nico Rosberg.
Across its four teams (Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Lotus and Caterham), Renault is 10,000kms behind the Mercedes teams. Those teams and their drivers have run race distances and qualifying simulations, Red Bull isn't even close. No wonder Daniel Ricciardo said this morning that a points finish is the best the team can hope for. Red Bull's Helmut Marko meanwhile has described the situation as disastrous and suggested if the team didn't sort it quickly, it could lose Vettel.