Why rivals fear a Red Bull whitewash

Why rivals fear a Red Bull whitewash

AUTOSPORT's Mark Hughes is trackside in Melbourne and his Friday-practice analysis will delight Red Bull fans – while making for uncomfortable reading for McLaren and its followers

Uh-oh! Was the winter-testing picture of a closely-matched fight just an illusion? Sebastian Vettel could have done a lap that was significantly faster than his session-topping effort on Friday afternoon in Melbourne – and even that was 0.4s clear of the best non-Red Bull.

The RB9 appears on track to simply have a lot more grip than even the best of its rivals around Albert Park and on a race-stint simulation appears to be looking after its tyres well, too.

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