Ferrari vs Merc? More like Red Bull vs Ferrari

If you listened to our podcast Monday, you might recall Paul and me discussing Red BUll’s current pace and how they actually have Ferrari squarely in the crosshairs this season. As the Italian team head to Hungary, team boss Maurizio Arrivabene says that Ferrari can fail but if Red Bull has anything to say about it, they may do just that.

I was reading an article about Red Bull’s performance and the question was put to team boss Christian Horner about where their shortcomings are to Ferrari:

“Nowhere. We have a very strong car, strong drivers, the engine is improving.

“I don’t think there is anything really to fear.

“We outscored Ferrari by 15 points at Silverstone [before gaining more from Nico Rosberg’s penalty] and we outscored them by 13 points in Austria.

“We have some of the more powerful circuits out of the way like Montreal, Baku and Austria and the circuits coming up hopefully play to some of our strengths.

“It’s going to be a tight battle with them for the rest of the year.”

Fact is, the team are moving forward and if you recall, Horner said at the beginning of the season that they would start to make more progress mid-year…which is exactly what they’ve been doing.

If there is one recurring issue that comes to mind with regards to Ferrari, it’s their gearbox and the gearboxes they’ve provided to Haas F1 and Sauber. it does seem to be a very finicky piece of kit and that’s putting it lightly. Sebastian Vettel has paid twice already for gearbox changes this season.

The hopes were that the team would close the gap to Mercedes and take the fight to them but after 10 races, Mercedes has won 9 of them and now Red Bull are out-scoring them. Is it time for a resource switch to 2017? All the teams are faced with this crossover point and one has to wonder how much they will continue to plow into the 2016 car.