Mid-season review: Red Bull
On car performance alone, Red Bull should already have won both world titles, but instead find themselves in a tight scrap with archrivals McLaren and Ferrari with slim leads in both drivers' and constructors' championships. A combination of reliability problems, crashes and driver error has seen them drop valuable points, but a dominant performance in Hungary recently has things looking brighter than ever for the Milton Keynes based outfit.
Vettel had a certain victory in Bahrain and a potential win in Australia robbed from his grasp due to reliability problems, while also losing points in Spain to reliability issues. In Turkey, the infamous collision between Vettel and Webber cost the team a 1-2 finish and 28 points, while more reliability problems in Canada meant they couldn't challenge for the podium in the second half of the race.
Since then things have been looking decidedly more positive, with three wins in four races. Only in Germany were they toppled by Ferrari, and should have had an easy 1-2 finish in Hungary had it not been for a sleepy Vettel at the safety car restart.
Of the remaining seven races, only two should see Red Bull take dominant victories (Belgium and Japan), but the pace of the RB6 should see it well to the fore in other races too. Barring more Turkey-style disasters or reliability problems, the 2010 drivers' title is likely to be fought out between Webber and Vettel, with just 10 points separating the pair ahead of the final-season dash to Abu Dhabi.