F1 » Red Bull basks in trouble-free, fast first day

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished comfortably ahead on the timesheets, and the new RB9 is looking ominously strong in Melbourne.

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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 1:45 PM

If Red Bull manages another one-two tomorrow and the next day, I fear that we will find a similar story of some years ago. I will compare Red Bull with Ferrari in the Schumacher era. Last year Vettel and Red Bull triumphed after a touch battle as Schumacher and Ferrari did in 2003. Than it come 2004 which Ferrari dominated. I fear that Red Bull will do the same this year. With Ferrari, Mercedes and Lotus some 0.500 behind and McLaren many tenths further behind, it looks deja vu! Back in 2004 it was the same, Ferrari ahead of everyone with Williams-BMW, Renault and BAR-Honda fighting for best of the rest and McLaren having a lot of problems. I hope that the history won't repeat itself!

John - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 2:30 PM

Up until now Red Bull have not enjoyed dominance of the sort Ferrari had in the early 2000's or McLaren had in the late 1980's. Perhaps they're going to do so this year, but I very much doubt it.

Terminator - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 5:56 PM

While the RB's are 1-2 in practice, I don't think they have a 2011 style gap to the field.
It is worth saying that Hamilton and Massa did their best time on the medium tyre which is 0.7 slower than the supersofts, so on the same tyres they would respectively only be 0.15 and 0.25 of a second behind Vettel and ahead of Webber. And the pace of the Ferraris was really strong in the long runs.

I think the RB is the quickest, but not by much, and Ferrari and Mercedes (to a lesser extent) will give them a good fight.

Firestorm - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 6:39 PM

I hope you are right to this one. I love very much Formula 1 but if Red Bull continue to dominate I must start watching F1 to a lesser extent. I don't like neither Vettel nor Red Bull.

Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 7:22 PM

The difference in the era of Ferrari domination and Red Bull domination is that the rulemakers waited until Ferrari had won 5 titles in a row before they made up a special rule to destroy them. The one tire per race rule that they apparently had prior knowledge that Bridgestone would struggle to cope with.
With Red Bull they have been constantly making up new rules to ban whatever aspect of the car that Adrian was perfecting. They have even "changed the rules in the middle of the game" when they threw a wrench into Red Bulls workings in the middle of the season over diffuser blowing.
Oh, and you forgot to mention that both cars were driven by Germans at the top of their game.
Wonder how long this new young German can hold out in the face of the greedy and jealous people who control the sport?

John - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 8:06 PM

If the only thing you care about is the name of the man who wins the WDC, I don't see how you can call yourself an F1 fan.

In the 5 years of the 'Schumacher era' from 2000 to 2004 he was challenged to the title only once, in 2003. The other years he scored double to triple the points of the nearest non-Ferrari driver. Other than the fact that a German driver is winning, which seems to really infuriate certain people, there is no comparison between then and now.

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