(Florent Gooden DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believe that rivals Infiniti Red Bull Racing will be stronger this season following a tough 2014 campaign for the Milton Keynes based outfit.
The team went into the 2014 season off the back of four consecutive Drivers and Constructors championship’s, they struggled during winter testing as the sport moved from 2.4 Litre V8 engines to 1.6 litre V6 turbo charged power units.
Daniel Ricciardo made the step up to the senior team from Scuderia Toro Rosso replacing Mark Webber.
The Australian comprehensively beat team mate and four time world champion Sebastian Vettel, winning three Grand Prix in Canada, Hungary and Belgium.
Despite struggling in 2014 the team finished a distant second place in the Constructors championship behind champions Mercedes. This season the team have a new driver with Daniil Kvyat joining Daniel Ricciardo, replacing Sebastian Vettel who has joined Kimi Raikkonen at Scuderia Ferrari.
Speaking to Autosport Lauda stated that he feels Red Bull will be closer to Mercedes this year but he is unsure of how close the Milton Keynes based outfit will get to the Brackley based outfit. He is unsure about how Scuderia Ferrari will get on this season but expects McLaren-Honda to struggle this season.
© Ben Johnston 2015