Sebastian Vettel says he 'hopes' Red Bull's much vaunted upgrade for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix will be enough to see it close the gap to his Ferrari team and rivals Mercedes to swell the 2017 F1 title fight to three teams.

Red Bull has endured an indifferent start to the 2017 season, occupying a 'lonely third' around a second slower than its Ferrari and Mercedes rivals, but a comfortable margin up on the chasing pack of Williams and Force India.

As such, Red Bull has gone back to the drawing board to bring the RB13 up to speed and is readying a major upgrade for the next Spanish Grand Prix, scene of Max Verstappen famous win at the Circuit de Catalunya twelve months ago.

Acknowledging the 'rumours' about the Adrian Newey-engineered update, Vettel insists he wants his former team to come back with a stronger package and bolster the championship battle.

"I think it will be a very close race between Mercedes and us, I hope, and I also hope that Red Bull find some pace," he said. "There's a lot of rumours around. They are a strong team, they know how to build a quick car so I expect it's a question of when rather than if but the sooner, the more exciting it will be but for us.

"I'm confident that we have the right people, the right tools on board and we will make progress. It obviously depends on what others are doing."

Red Bull's best result from the opening four rounds is a third place finish for Verstappen in a weather-affected Chinese Grand Prix.

 

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