Rivals: McLaren, Ferrari could catch Bulls

Date published: August 15 2011

F1’s midfield teams believe it’s only a matter of time before McLaren and Ferrari catch Red Bull out on track…

F1’s midfield teams believe it’s only a matter of time before McLaren and Ferrari catch Red Bull out on track.

Red Bull had a dominant start to the Championship with Sebastian Vettel winning five of the opening six races to take a commanding lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

But, in the last five races, Vettel has claimed just one victory with McLaren triumphing on three occasions and Ferrari just once.

And although Red Bull have stated on several occasions that they are still up at the front, Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn reckons it won’t be that way for much longer.

“It is impossible to predict what will happen from Spa-Francorchamps, but we saw that Ferrari and McLaren have been ahead in the last three grands prix and will continue to evolve,” Brawn told AS.

Renault’s MD Steve Nielsen agrees with Brawn, explaining that it’s the fact that McLaren and Ferrari were so far behind Red Bull that is giving them scope to catch their title rivals.

He said: “The fact that Ferrari and McLaren have evolved in aerodynamics and exhaust later that Red Bull gives them much more potential for improvement.”

However, it remains to be seen whether either team can overhaul Vettel or Red Bull in the standings as the German has an 85 point lead over Mark Webber with Lewis Hamilton a further three points off the pace.