Japanese Grand Prix: There's a buzz in the air, with all eyes on the dominant Red Bull team. Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton, however, is hoping the race isn't all Red and no challenge.
The Red Bull Phenomenon
This season, the Red Bull drivers have revved their way to victory in a whopping 14 Formula 1 races.
Their almost unparalleled winning streak was momentarily broken when Ferrari took the top spot at the Singapore Grand Prix. The shift was unexpected for many, especially considering the overwhelming presence of Red Bull on the track this year.
Commenting on Red Bull's remarkable performance, Hamilton light-heartedly remarked at Thursday's press conference, "I would think that if they're not 30 seconds ahead like they have done in the past then something's up!" He went on to acknowledge their impressive skills, saying, "They have been phenomenal all year long, they have aced pretty much every circuit." Hamilton also expressed his anticipation, noting, "Normally you would come here and it's beautiful to watch the laps that they do because the whole team and the drivers are doing an amazing job with the package they have."
Hamilton's Hopes and Russell's Predictions
While Hamilton hopes for a tighter race and a smaller gap between Red Bull and its competitors, he's not the only one with expectations.
George Russell, his teammate at Mercedes, voiced his opinion on the Red Bull team. Reflecting on Red Bull's recent hiccup, Russell stated, "I think that was purely a one-off, I expect them to be back to their winning ways or at least the top of the field." However, he added, "But if they're not there will be a lot of question marks being raised if they have another weekend like last week." With bated breath, enthusiasts and professionals alike are eagerly awaiting the Japanese Grand Prix.
The race, promising high-speed thrills and strategic maneuvers, is set for Sunday, with engines firing up at seven o'clock.