Red Bull has landed another significant blow to Mercedes’ faltering season with the Austrian team hiring around 50 more engineers from the Silver Arrows.
Although Mercedes has been the most dominant team in recent years, Red Bull has done well to bridge this gap.
Red Bull had already procured the services of Ben Hodgkinson and five other engineers from Mercedes previously.
Hodgkinson now serves as the technical director of their Powertrains division.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko explained his team’s thought process. “Yes, something like this. I think that a loss of this size is not indifferent, it is quite normal that it can create some difficulties. And just before that, Andy Cowell was gone,” he said.
Mercedes has been disappointing all the way from pre-season testing to the first couple of rounds this season.
It has left fans disillusioned with just how big a gap seems to have appeared between table-toppers Ferrari and the Silver Arrows.
New Mercedes driver George Russell even offered his thoughts on a solution that the team can go for to fix 99% of its problems.
Can Red Bull build on Jeddah success?
Red Bull may have endured a tough start to its season with both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez failing to finish the first race in Bahrain, but things look a lot brighter for the team after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Here, Perez put the team on the front foot after a brilliant display in qualifying to take pole.
His luck ran out in the main race largely due to the involvement of a Safety Car, but Max Verstappen ensured that the energy-drink-based team had plenty to smile about at the end of the weekend.
Currently, the team sits one point behind Mercedes in third position in the constructors’ standings with 37 points.
Ferrari has emerged as the team to beat in the early part of this season though, and Red Bull will hope it can build on its recent success when the teams line up at Albert Park in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix.
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