In The Driver's Seat

Ferrari must ride out bumps, Red Bull's improvement no bull

Red Bull's Max Verstappen chasing down Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel before catching him on Lap 30 and holding on for a podium place.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen chasing down Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel before catching him on Lap 30 and holding on for a podium place.PHOTO: REUTERS

The thing that made the biggest impression on me in Melbourne at the Australian Grand Prix was the fact that for the first time since 2006, a Honda-engined car led a grand prix - and overtook a Ferrari.

Yes, that was a Ferrari that, on testing form in Barcelona, had been expected to wipe the floor here with flawed opposition from Mercedes and Red Bull.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Ferrari must ride out bumps, Red Bull's improvement no bull'. Subscribe