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Schumacher designates new season favourite: 'No doubt about that'

Schumacher designates new season favourite: 'No doubt about that'

16 February - 19:38 Last update: 17 February - 00:48


The Formula 1 season will kick off in Bahrain in just over two weeks. Ralf Schumacher cannot wait for the new racing year and, talking to Sky Sports Deutschland, analysed in advance what we can expect from the teams.

Although it is difficult to say how strong the formations actually are prior to the test days, the former Formula 1 driver stated that he is expecting a lot from Mercedes. The Germans managed to recover in 2022 after a difficult start and want to go for the world title again this race year.

Schumacher thinks the team is on the right track. "In addition, they have a very strong driver duo," he pointed to Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. "Red Bull will be hoping for Max Verstappen. There is no doubt about that. That is the team to beat."

Schumacher tough on Ferrari

Besides Red Bull Racing and Mercedes, he also sees a lot of potential for Ferrari. The Italian formation has a lot of fresh energy internally with new team boss Frederic Vasseur, although it remains to be seen whether Ferrari can get off to a good start straight away.

"With Ferrari, it's always a bit of a wait and see. The team can be extremely strong at times, but we also have to note that both drivers have made a lot of mistakes. The team has also made mistakes. There are some shortcomings."