Mercedes predict 2019 title challenge from Red Bull

Friday, 12 october 2018, 07:14 , by Matthew Scott

Mercedes believe the steps made by Honda could make Red Bull title contenders in 2019. Silver Arrows team principal Toto Wolff believes the changing form of Formula 1 will be thrown up in the air once again by next year's aerodynamic changes.

Red Bull will ditch Renault for Honda in 2019 after 12 years in partnership with the French marque, which included their title-winning run from 2010 to 2013.

The Milton Keynes squad have taken just 11 wins in the hybrid era to Mercedes' 72 in the same period.

However, with Honda making strides in 2018 – helping Toro Rosso put two cars in Q3 at Suzuka last weekend – Wolff believes a renewed challenge could come from Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly.

Asked if Red Bull could be competitive next year, Wolff said: "Yeah, it could well be.

"Because we've seen there's no more pattern anymore, there's not one team that dominates one kind of circuit.

"It has changed, and the Honda engine certainly looks very powerful now, and Red Bull is a good group of racers.

"The biggest impact will be the completely new aerodynamic regulations.

"That will change everything upside down. Somebody might find a loophole or an innovation or understand how these cars work earlier than others.

"There's a big variable in those regulations next year, and we could even have teams being right up there that are not on the radar today."

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Comments (10)

  • David Lees
    Dont be stupid red bull nowhere bear them if ferrari pulled their fingers out their arses they couldve won this year but dont count them out next year
  • Mike Olsthoorn
    I wish it would be RedBull, but think it's gonna be a fight between Hamilton and Vettel again.
  • Greg Reading
    It wont be Ferrari. They have now proved they cant win a title since forever.
  • Robert DeCastro
    I'm predicting Renault will have the pace next year.
  • Henk Poolen
    I hope Honda and red bull will be great.
  • Todd Morrison
    Bull 50% retirement for 2019
  • Maharshi Shukla
    Downplaying themselves or mocking redbull-honda?
  • Oszkar Hathazi
    Mindgames piss off Ferrari
  • Ricardo Gilperez
    And Sauber!

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