Zee Media Bureau/ Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: The Red Bull team is once again cruising towards another F1 World Championship title. With 352 points in the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull is sitting quite comfortably at the top with a lead of 104 points over the second placed Ferrari (248), with only seven races remaining in the season. When it comes to Drivers’ Championship the German driver of Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel is 53 point ahead of the Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who is at the second position.
Three-time reigning champion Red Bull and its driver Vettel are almost there to make it four in a row in both the Championships. To achieve this success, especially at Constructors’ Championship Vettel always got the support of the other driver in the team -- Mark Webber. The Australian driver always supported the lead driver of the team, Vettel, to give Red Bull the edge over other teams by showing his excellent driving skills to earn as many points he can.
But Webber has announced his retirement from the sport and from next season onwards Daniel Ricciardo, comparatively a less experienced driver, will replace Webber. On the other hand, the recent announcement by Ferrari to sign the ‘Iceman’ Kimi Räikkönen for two years in place of Felipe Massa will give the team a solidity it needs to fight against the powerful machine of Red Bull.
Kimi and Fernando Alonso would be a deadly combo that can give the Red Bull a run for their money. Almost after six decades, Ferrari would be having two World Champions in their team. Alonso is two- time world champion (2005-06) and Kimi claimed the world title in 2007. With a few major changes in rules from next season onwards and deadly combo of Ferrari, it would be a herculean task for the dominating Red Bull team to repeat their feat.