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Red Bull’s 2014 F1 car continues to struggle

Say it very quietly, but we could be in for a competitive 2014 Formula One season.

I say this due to the fact that Sebastian Vettel’s brand new F1 car has broken down a further two times today in the testing session in Bahrain.

The World Champion only managed to get round four corners on his first lap and then didn’t even make it out of the pit lane after Red Bull thought they have fixed the issue.

The new car spends most of it’s time in the pits

Today is not a one off either, with Red Bull suffering through all of the pre-season testing sessions this year.

Whilst rivals such as Mercedes and Ferrari have been putting lap after lap in, getting their new car up to speed, the Red Bulls have spent most of their time in the garage with a broken car.

At the first pre-season test in Jerez for example, the team only managed to complete 21 laps in the four days.

Even when the team did manage to post a lap time, they were a long way off the pace.

Now I know not to get too excited but all of these pre-season troubles for Red Bull has put me in a positive move ahead of the season opener in Australia on March 16.

Last season was a terrible year for the sport with Vettel winning pretty much every race without breaking a sweat. The Red Bull was just uncatchable and the fans grew tired of seeing the same result every weekend.

Fans around the world began booing Vettel after every race he won. The loudest cheer Vettel had all season was when he broke down during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Towards the end of the season I didn’t go out of my way to watch F1. Most times I would record it and then flick through the ‘race’ once I had time.

This has become a regular sight in 2014

The 2014 pre-season testing has given me hope that F1 could become exciting again this year, with multiple race winners and the championship going right down to the final race.

Mercedes have looked really strong and Ferrari have improved over the winter. Even McLaren look like they could be challenging for podiums again.

All of these teams have the chance to get a head start over the Red Bulls and I really hope they take it because Red Bull won’t stop developing their new car until it is right.

We know how good Red Bull can be once they have a good car under them.

I cannot wait for the season to start now, the first qualifying session is going to be very interesting indeed.

Will Red Bull even make it out of Q1? Which of the rival teams will take this chance and get pole position?

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