Lauda is convinced that Red Bull will bounce back

Niki Lauda with Stefano Domenicali and Helmut Marko in Bahrain

Niki Lauda with Stefano Domenicali and Helmut Marko in Bahrain

Mercedes F1 boss Niki Lauda believes Red Bull’s problems are temporary, and warns that the world champions will bounce back.

Speaking on Sport and Talk TV show, Lauda said, “Red Bull should not be underestimated, even if it looks bad now, the catch-up phase could be very brief. I am convinced that thereafter they will be at the front.”

The Austrian Formula 1 legend says that there has not been enough testing and that additional mileage would not only benefit Red Bull, but all teams.

“There was too little testing time available, which is why I believe only half the field will finish the race in Melbourne,” added Lauda.

“I think all three engine manufacturers – Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault – have the same problems and indeed the same goals – to make them as reliable and driveable as fast as possible,” added Lauda.

The 2014 Formula 1 World Championship kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix weekend on 14 March in Melbourne. (GP247)

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  • KevinW

    All fantasies of some miracle development behind the scenes surprising the field in Australia aside, Red Bull haven’t been in this bad of shape starting a season, ever. This is going to test the team in ways its never been tested before. Here is another scenario to ponder. 2015 begins budget restrictions that will to slow the pace of in-season development, if not outright pace of innovation in F1. If 2014 looks a total bust, will Red Bull abandon the effort and use the remainder of the 2014 season, under no such budget restrictions, to focus on preparing for the 2015 season? Perhaps launching a proverbial B-spec RB10, which is in fact an RB11, built inside the unrestricted 2014 budget? A dominant Mercedes and/or Ferrari in 2014 could set the stage for a season end similar to 2013, where the competition in closing races fades as teams shift focus to the next season.