Motor racing: Red Bull solid in testing but insist Mercedes are still the ones to beat

Red Bull's Max Verstappen drives during the third day of the Formula One pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit, on March 14, 2021.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen drives during the third day of the Formula One pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit, on March 14, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

Formula One gets back on track this weekend in Bahrain, with a big question evoking a delicious frisson of anticipation: Will Red Bull finally carry over their strong form from a previous season, and straight away take the fight to Mercedes?

Max Verstappen dominated the recent three days of testing in Bahrain, as Mercedes appeared to struggle. So is Red Bull about to give him wings, at last?

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