May 14 - Ferrari is setting up a major assault on Red Bull's dominance of Formula 1, with even Dr Helmut Marko admitting that the rivals are closing the gap.

In fact, Red Bull's top F1 consultant confesses that McLaren driver Lando Norris beat triple world champion Max Verstappen last time out in Miami based on pure pace alone.

"We were just too slow," Marko told Osterreich newspaper, hitting out at his colleague Christian Horner's claim that Verstappen damaged his floor by hitting a bollard.

"Max didn't think it was that serious," the 81-year-old insists. "The fact is that we were just slower than McLaren."

Red Bull will attempt to hit back this weekend at Imola with a car upgrade "that I expect a lot from," Marko added.

"Even before Max hit the bollard, we were only just ahead of the Ferrari in terms of speed," Marko also wrote in an exclusive column posted at Speed Week. "We didn't have the fastest car."

Ferrari, still second overall in the championship ahead of McLaren, is also bringing a major car upgrade to Imola - featuring a sidepod treatment reminiscent of Red Bull's development direction, according to Italian media.

The Maranello team is also busily planning for the future, finally announcing two major appointments from Mercedes - Toto Wolff's former deputy Jerome d'Ambrosio, and performance engineer Loic Serra.

They will both start work on 1 October, ahead of Lewis Hamilton's similar and highly anticipated move from silver to red for 2025 and beyond.

D'Ambrosio, a former F1 driver, will be team boss Frederic Vasseur's deputy team boss.

And the latest swirling Italian media rumour is that Adrian Newey will eventually re-emerge in the Formula 1 world as a new external "super advisor" to Ferrari, before getting even more involved with the design of the 2026 car.

Sky Italia claims: "The official announcement is missing, but for Adrian Newey, all roads lead to Maranello".

"He will have the role of super advisor, starting in April 2025, with the possibility of working on the 2026 car project," the report added.

"He will possibly also get involved at the races, given that he will arrive shortly after the season has started."

In a new interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Vasseur was not ready to confirm the news.

"Newey is a reference," he is quoted as saying, "but I believe more in the group."

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3 F1 Fan comments on “F1's Power Shift: Red Bull Grapples with Slowing Momentum?

  1. Susan

    Has anyone taken into consideration that Max had a damaged floor at the Miami GP? The SC. Was an issue, a. major issue. Not to mention, even with these set backs, he came in second

    • Nobodysperfect

      Yeah, your right, it's this zilly reporters who are getting payed to write stories based on thin ice.

      The back of his floor had a hole, caused by the base of the cone. The back of the car is the area, where the most downforce is generated.

      Max will show them this weekend...

  2. Les

    Without the safety car would Norris have won.
    McLaren wins one race and Zac Brown and others are saying RB on decline. Brown even clsiming Max can only win in RB that Norris is the fastest driver.
    What a load of nonsense.
    If you can't say something sensible Zak Btown just keep quiet.


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