Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: No Red Bull Rift, Renault Improve and More

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Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: No Red Bull Rift, Renault Improve and More
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As the potentially season-defining Spanish Grand Prix weekend approaches, the onus is on Red Bull to take the fight to the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The reigning world champions endured a strange weekend in Shanghai almost three weeks ago, with a promising qualifying performance followed by a difficult race which carried echoes of the past.

Unlike Malaysia 2013, though, Red Bull's team spirit has emerged unscathed from China if Daniel Ricciardo's words on teammate Sebastian Vettel are anything to go by.

With team harmony supposedly assured, the small matter of fixing the car is the next priority on Red Bull's list.

It is no secret that the team's Achilles heel so far this season has been the troublesome Renault power unit, but the French manufacturer has claimed that a corner has been turned just in time for Red Bull to fight Mercedes.

But is it already too late for the Charging Bulls to challenge the Silver Arrows?

The 1992 world champion, Nigel Mansell, believes so, and the former Williams driver has paid tribute to Hamilton's blistering start to the season.

Mansell's former race mechanic and fellow Williams stalwart Dickie Stanford, meanwhile, has landed a new role with Williams which will see the long-serving employee taking care of Mansell's old cars.

On the subject of old cars, ex-racer Derek Warwick ends this week's roundup by sharing his thoughts on F1's apparent willingness to go retro. 

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