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Mid season report from Ferrari, Merc & Red Bul

The Formula One summer break is often referred too as the half way stage of the championship season.

In truth we've already seen 11 of the 20 races that the 2017 Formula One World Championship consists of, so we're already past half way.

At this point, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel appear to have the advantage, not only on points but also on the track as they have a clear vision to battle for the championship.

'If you have the right results coming your way you start to pick up a bit of momentum and so it's up to us to keep it going. But I'm quite confident we have the right people, we know how to build a strong car, and we have improved the engine this year massively, so everything is going in the right direction. Vettel told Sky Sports

However at Mercedes, they're a bit in limbo, both Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas are in contention for the title and the German manufacturer doesn't not want to interfere in that scenario.

They want to be seen as fair, supporting both their drivers, which was evident in Hungary.

But whilst Ferrari concentrate their efforts on Vettel and boast Kimi Raikkonen in a supporting role, Hamilton and Bottas are fighting themselves first to have a chance at fighting Vettel and that's costing them.

'I truly believe that we have the capability of winning this championship, but it’s going to take absolutely 100 percent of everyone’s effort to pull it off.

'I can just encourage my team to come back strong and I’ll try to come back even stronger.”
Hamilton told motorsport.com.

For Red Bull Racing, the power unit has once again let them down.

The Renault engine doesn't boast the performance or the reliability to challenge the works teams of Ferrari and Mercedes.

'The car is getting stronger and stronger under race conditions, and again it was a very competitive grand prix for us in Hungary,' Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner told motorsport.com.

'So if we can just find that little bit more [engine] performance. You saw in qualifying that Max [Verstappen] was second-quickest in Q1 and Q2, but you get to the latter part of qualifying and you need that little bit extra to go with our major competitors.'








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Date:Friday August 18 2017

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