Wolff’s team was able to complete 309 laps at the first four-day test two weeks ago, including a race simulation. In contrast, Red Bull managed just 21 laps with its new RB10 thanks to issues with the Renault V6 Turbo power-unit.
Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing team principal, is confident that the team can recover and says there is “nothing major” to fix on the car. Wolff has tipped the Milton Keynes-based outfit to fight back.
“”It’s not good for Formula One that a manufacturer is in trouble, but I am sure that they will come back strongly – hopefully a bit less than before,” he told the Mirror.
“First, they have an outstanding driver [in Sebastian Vettel]. Secondly, they have put together a group of people that work very well. Thirdly, they have the resources from the parent company.
“So there’s no reason that Red Bull will not once again be the benchmark.”
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be back in action at the wheel of the Mercedes W05 next week in Bahrain for the second pre-season test.
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