A frustrated Fernando Alonso reiterated his commitment to Ferrari on Thursday and took a verbal swipe at brand-damaging rumours in Italy suggesting he might swap seats with Sebastian Vettel to join Red Bull next year.
Daniel Ricciardo`s roller-coaster season saw him qualify third fastest for the Bahrain Grand Prix with a performance of raw speed which again put struggling world champion and Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in the shade.
Sebastian Vettel`s record run of nine consecutive race victories ended on Sunday when the quadruple world champion retired his Red Bull from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a reliability problem.
The new Formula One era started with few visible signs of a new world order arriving. On Saturday, the 2014 Australian Grand Prix qualifier witnessed the quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel struggling and finished a disappointing thirteenth on the grid. The prodigious German latter conceded that the Red Bull Racing`s new chassis RB10 lacked `drivability`.
Red Bull`s abysmal winter testing has left them badly lagging behind their Formula One rivals and they will need at least two months to get their cars performing at optimal level, according to double world champion Mika Hakkinen.
Four-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel Thursday tipped Mercedes to win Sunday`s season-opening Australian Grand Prix -- but he warned Red Bull would soon recover from their pre-season problems.
Red Bull will put a "very different" car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.
Finally, the 2014 Formula One season will begin with the first pre-season testing at Circuito de Jerez, near Barcelona in Spain. With the premier motor-sports event in the world witnessing one of the biggest overhauls in its history this season, the pre-season tests will be of paramount importance of all the outfits, irrespective of where they stood last year.
Sebastian Vettel earned himself the title of a modern great in the year 2013, which will be remembered for the young German`s sheer domination on the Formula One tracks even as India, where his historic fourth crowning took place, was chopped off the next calender year.
Sebastian Vettel coasted to a fourth consecutive title in 2013 but whether the record-breaking German makes it five next year could depend on how he and Red Bull get to grips with Formula One`s new technical landscape.