Red Bull’s Christian Horner: we’ve got F1’s most exciting driver pairing

In Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen the maverick team have a pair of drivers who showed at times last season that a return to the glory days of 2010-13 is not out of the question

For all the teams bar one, the past four years of Formula One has proved to be a bruising business. Mercedes have taken their dominant car and engine, allied it to an exceptionally slick and efficient squad and reduced the opposition to scrabbling for any honours left in their wake. Might 2018 herald a new challenge to the silver arrows’ juggernaut? Certainly Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, believes Mercedes and Ferrari have reason to fear the mavericks from Milton Keynes.

The past four years have been frustrating and disheartening but it has served as a motivation at Red Bull and the team come to Melbourne this week optimistic that they can make an impact, even if toppling the champions might be a tall order. After pre-season testing, every indication is that Mercedes have a very strong car again but Red Bull may now have the edge over Ferrari to be the closest challenger to the title holders.

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