Formula One's sweeping rule changes might be contributing to defending champion Red Bull's dismal start to the preseason. The smaller teams just don't see those troubles transferring into a major shift in the balance of power this season.
Engine trouble limited Red Bull's new car to a handful of laps on the third day of Formula One preseason testing, with Daniel Ricciardo sputtering to a halt seconds into his debut with the world champion on Thursday.
Sebastian Vettel won Formula One's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, matching Michael Schumacher's record of 13 victories in a year and equaling the nine consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was fastest in the second practice for Formula One's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday, edging Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on a wet Interlagos track.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of his teammate and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season.
Sebastian Vettel heads into the weekend with a chance to repeat his 2011 feat of clinching the Formula One title in Japan with four races to spare -- and join Michael Schumacher and Juan-Manuel Fangio as the only men to win four-straight championships.