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Red Bulls March On In Monaco

Just over two weeks ago, Red Bull stole the headlines after they decided to drop Daniil Kvyat in place of the younger Max Verstappen following a poor run of results. The paddock was slightly split in the decision to change the drivers during the season while some questioned the rookie’s ability in a much bigger and demanding team. But whoever doubted Verstappen soon swallowed their words after the Dutchmen became the youngest ever Formula 1 race winner in the history of the sport after winning the Spanish Grand Prix. The future of the sport is suddenly brighter than ever!

To top off such a great result in Spain, the Red Bull duo have shown off some blistering pace in the first two practice sessions at the Monaco Grand Prix that took place on Thursday. Daniel Ricciardo has an updated engine package in the back of his RB12 and for the first time in a long time, the Mercedes duo were beat to first place by over half a second. The Australian put the disappointment of finishing below his new teammate in Spain behind him by smashing the competition in free practice 2.

All of a sudden, Ferrari now not only have to worry about Mercedes at the front of the field but they have the serious problem of the two Red Bulls to contend with. The amazing aerodynamics of the Red Bulls are going to be a major threat to the podium in Monaco and Ferrari could find themselves finishing off the podium all together this weekend. But you can never underestimate Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen as the pair continue to develop their cars. They are still the most consistent threat that Mercedes have had to deal with the entire season thus far.

The Monaco Grand Prix’s qualifying session has to be the important qualifying of the entire season as it will determine who will be able to fight for the victory in the narrow streets of the principality. Following the disastrous collision between the two Mercedes in Spain, you can expect some fireworks into the first corner of the race this weekend. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were unwilling to take the blame for the crash and the teammates are on course for another exciting showdown. If you ask me, it looks like it’s going to end in tears once again.

Max Verstappen blew us away in his first race for Red Bull last time out. In my predictions for this weekend, I’m backing the Red Bull boys to take it to Mercedes who I recon are still going to take each other out on the opening lap, again!

  1. Daniel Ricciardo 2. Max Verstappen 3. Sebastian Vettel

Enjoy the race and if you’re taking a bet, the best of luck to you. You can also catch me on Twitter @ChrisFletch46 for questions, comments and all sorts of banter.

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