Words: Alakh Sundaram
Both Ferrari and Red Bull are eyeing the glory as Mercedes surrender.
Formula One is moving from power hungry Barcelona track to tight, twisty and tortuous streets of Monaco.
After Spain Mercedes were in the spotlight with their dominant performance. And in sport too much of the spotlight can have an adverse impact and so they subtly tried to take that spotlight off them by pitting Red Bulls and Ferrari directly against each other.
Earlier Toto Wolff said that despite a dominant performance at Spain they are not the favourites for Monaco and, suggested that Red Bulls should be the quickest as they were quick in the last sector of Spanish track, where straight line speed was less important. Ferrari who finished 1-2 last year are another strong contender for the top of the podium.
What this does is that it directly brings attention to these two teams and puts them under some pressure to perform while it leaves Mercedes off the hook to focus on their race quietly.
Christian Horner too believes that they are going to be quick here and is looking forward to the race. Max Verstappen also believes that there are reasons for optimism.
Ferrari as of now are tight lipped about their chances but they must be under pressure to perform. After winning first two rounds they went winless in the next three races, and in the process relinquished their leads in both Championships.
This is the track where they were dominant last year and this year they were believed to have the quickest car up until Spain. While they are looking for answers for the Barcelona slump, the win here will give them the breathing space they need right now.
Monaco is going to be a battle royal between Ferrari and Red Bull. While Ferrari wants to get back to their winning ways, Red Bull must be looking to repeat their Shanghai win to prove to the world that 2018 is definitely a three way fight.