I think it is pretty clear that the best car on the grid is the Red Bull, hindered by the down-on-power Renault Engine. It is not surprising that neither Mercedes or Ferrari would allow them to run their engines otherwise it would have definately embarassed the works team!
It has been claimed before that 'Next Year' the Honda will be up to par, but it looks like that may actually be the case in 2019, and if that is so, I get the feeling there will be a Dutch World Champion by around October next year as the Red Bull will likely blow the Mercedes and Ferrari away.
McLaren must be feeling pretty sick at both throwing away around $50M a year dumping Honda and having their chassis exposed as being pretty poor and the lack of results not just due to engine failings.
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From what I’ve read McLaren would dictate how they wanted the Honda engine development and that was holding it back, this year they have been left to develop it in their own way and speed.....looks like its paid dividends so far 👍🏻👍🏻
Newey is an aerodynamic genius, best designer on the grid bar none. While the Honda unit is coming along I still have doubts as to the long term reliability of the units, and for that reason I see a three way fight for the title next year, with Hamilton taking it from Max or Vettel in second place.
Don't forget the advantage RB have over Maclaren is that they could afford to let Honda do what they wanted this year with the engine because they could afford to write off the TR performance. They can afford the TR's being pushed to the back of the grid with penalties taking the view that let it ruin their races to benefit RB next year. I do hope they get it right, only watching 4 out of 20 cars fighting for wins is not good.
But back to the original question, he is phenomenal & 'The Master'