Ahead of the opening race of the 2017 Formula One season in Australia on March 26, we take a look at how each team is shaping up for the new campaign.
Here we assess whether Red Bull can pose a threat to the peerless Mercedes a this year.
HOW DID THEY PERFORM IN 2016?
Though controversial at the time, Red Bull's biggest success of last season was arguably recognising the talent of Max Verstappen and acting decisively to promote the teenager from sister team Toro Rosso.
Verstappen was a winner on his debut in Spain after replacing Daniil Kvyat and finished fifth in the drivers' standings thanks to six further podium finishes, the last of which came courtesy of a stunning drive in the wet at Interlagos.
Daniel Ricciardo's purple patch from Hungary to Mexico ensured plenty a 'shoey' was drunk in the second half of the season and ultimately made him the closest challenger to Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, earning his only win of the campaign in Malaysia.
Those performances were a vast improvement on 2015, with Red Bull's rebranded Renault power unit – now carrying the Tag Heuer logo – seemingly doing the trick for a team desperate to regain their place at the top of the sport.
THE 2017 LINE-UP
One of the most likeable drivers on the grid, Ricciardo enters his sixth full season as an F1 driver hoping his team can build on the progress of 2016. One win in two seasons is not enough for a man of Ricciardo's talent driving for a team of Red Bull's means. The Australian will be keen to avoid a repeat of the Monaco pit-stop mix-up that "screwed" his chances and temporarily wiped away Ricciardo's customary smile.
Verstappen fully justified Red Bull's decision to snap him up after four races of last season and his Barcelona victory – thanks in no small part to a collision between the two Mercedes – made him the youngest grand prix winner in the sport's history. His bold driving style drew the ire of some drivers – not least Sebastian Vettel – but his Brazilian masterclass, when he climbed from 16th to third in the space of 16 laps, was a joy to behold. Here's hoping we see more breathtaking performances from Verstappen in 2017.
THE TO-DO LIST
- Close the gap on Mercedes. Plain and simple. Advisor Helmut Marko reckons it will be midway through the season before Red Bull can challenge the defending champions, but changes to aerodynamics regulations have seen some tip the team as realistic challengers to F1's dominant force this season.
- Keep Verstappen firing. Verstappen requires minimal fine-tuning for a 19-year-old and his confidence behind the wheel is a huge part of his appeal. Few will question that he is a world champion in the making and he will be keen to outperform Ricciardo this season.
HOW WILL THEY FARE?
Ferrari's strong performances in testing have given Mercedes and Red Bull food for thought, with both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen impressive in Barcelona.
Red Bull will, at the very least, be looking to remain in the top two, as anything less would represent a backwards step against their rivals at the top of the constructors' standings.
|Wozniacki: I have nothing to lose|
|Impey claims historic Tour Down Under win|
|Rockets end Warriors´ 14-game road winning streak|
|Klopp: Liverpool wouldn´t sell to rivals during season|
|Spence retains IBF welterweight title with TKO of Peterson|
|Wozniacki cruises into Australian Open quarter-finals|
|Giggs keen to help Bale overcome injury woes|
|Harrison key to containing ´monster´ Fournette|
|Klopp in no rush to replace Coutinho|
|Cook leads, Rahm in contention in California|
|Cavaliers booed after abysmal first quarter|
|Titans hire Mike Vrabel as new head coach|
|Brive deny Worcester after stadium swap|
|Malcom dreams of Premier League but remains unsure of future|
|Guardiola sets target of 10 wins to guarantee title|
|Championship Review: Millwall break Leeds hearts in seven-goal stunner as Wolves lose|
|Messi and Pique welcome Coutinho to Barcelona training for first time|
|Thauvin ´very happy´ at Marseille|
|Guardiola salutes ´outstanding´ Manchester City|
|Saracens still not safe, Scarlets battle through|
|Watford still battling relegation from the top half, insists Silva|
|Rondon ´devastated´ after Everton´s McCarthy suffers horror injury|
|Aguero´s perfect hat-trick is Argentine´s 11th for Manchester City|
|Moyes impressed with Hammers display despite being held by Bournemouth|
|Dyche annoyed with Burnley´s ´big six´ results|
|Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 1: Aguero hat-trick sees pacesetters bounce back|
|Everton fans´ frustration understandable, says Allardyce|
|Wenger responds to Dortmund criticism over Aubameyang affair|
|Bordeaux appoint Poyet as new boss|
|Serena Williams: I can´t figure out a stroller!|
|Lee reigns supreme again as Cheetahs crush Southern Kings|
|Mourinho frustrated at United failure to ´kill´ Burnley|
|Simeone reveals Costa knock as Atletico bemoan dropped points|
|Lambert upbeat over Stoke´s quality after debut victory|
|Nothing happening with Aubameyang - Wenger|
|Mourinho, Wenger expect imminent Sanchez deal|
|Everton confirm McCarthy double leg break|
|Valverde talks of ´respect´ for Atletico as Griezmann saga turns again|
|NFL playoffs: Picks, predictions for AFC & NFC Championship Games|
|Rafinha misses Barca training with Inter closing in|
|Neymar misses Lyon clash with thigh injury|
|Atletico Madrid 1 Girona 1: Griezmann substitution costs Simeone|
|´Proudest son´ Sainz congratulates father on Dakar Rally win|
|Everton 1 West Brom 1: McCarthy horror injury overshadows cagey draw|
|Leicester City 2 Watford 0: Vardy & Mahrez decisive as Puel´s men go seventh|
|West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1: Hernandez proves his worth to Hammers|
|Burnley 0 Manchester United 1: Martial keeps up winning run|
|Arsenal 4 Crystal Palace 1: Early blitz means Sanchez is hardly missed|
|Stoke City 2 Huddersfield Town 0: Lambert makes winning start as Potters inch out of bottom three|
|Crisis, what crisis? Conte lambasts Chelsea critics|
|A goal, two assists and an injury - Monreal the Sanchez replacement at Arsenal?|
|Monchi has no interest in weakening Roma squad amid Dzeko reports|
|Hazard delights in Willian and Batshuayi link-up|
|Federer reveals locker-room advice to ´crushed´ Zverev|
|Resurgent McIlroy working on not being ´one-dimensional´|
|No January exit for AC Milan´s Silva, assures Gattuso|
|Turner´s timely half-century gets Scorchers home|
|Spalletti: Roma game will not decide Inter´s fate|
|Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Chelsea 4: Hazard dazzles as Conte´s men get back on track|
|Fisher pulls level with Pieters as McIlroy, Fleetwood lurk in Abu Dhabi|
|Dortmund confirm Arsenal bid for Aubameyang|
|United target Sanchez remains absent for Arsenal vs Palace|
|Federer continues Jumanji audition with more ´smouldering intensity´|
|Concussion rules Pakistan´s Shoaib out of NZ T20s|
|Zidane quiet on ´great´ Neymar with BBC ready to return|
|Federer coasts and Djokovic survives injury scare, but it´s lights out for Zverev|
|Djokovic insists hip problem is ´nothing major´|
|Halep downs Davis in marathon but the Barty party is over|
|Hazard scores 100th league goal as Chelsea find shooting boots|
|Zidane: I will never throw in the towel at Real Madrid|