Posted 29 January 2019 - 12:52
I hope they join or come close to the top 3.
They for sure have the ambition.
It's risky to predict while new engine philosophy and complete new car.
Reading this week they changed whole car I found a very positive sign and gives for me some extra hope. I just didn't believe you can with a car that's lapped catch the cars that lap you in the next season. So, a whole new car could give that opportunity far more, too me at least.
I predicted Ricciardo, and while I thought they would have better 2018, I still have quite some believe in their (realistic) planning and ambition.
It's also waiting if losing RBR as benchmark will have influence. Now beating McLaren could make them look good, while if they still had RBR, it could still show some flaws in their car speed/performance.
If they don't join top 3 or reduce gap significant, they still should get 4th in WCC, but no guarantee than at all. Than the competition for that spot would/should be very intense. Haas, STR, Sauber, McLaren, RPfi,