Sky Sports F1 presenter Ted Kravitz has joked that Mercedes and Ferrari have ‘prehistoric’ parts on their cars compared to Red Bull.
Kravitz was reporting on the Monaco Grand Prix and reviewing the race for Ted’s Notebook.
Max Verstappen once again came out on top as he extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 39 points.
He was pushed by Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso, earning pole position by the barest of margins.
After going into turn one on the opening lap ahead of the legendary Spaniard, Verstappen controlled the race.
However, his teammate Sergio Perez had a weekend to forget.
He finished 16th place after starting the race at the back of the grid following a crash in qualifying.
In the process of clearing his car, Red Bull’s floor was displayed to the entire grid as his vehicle was lifted from the track.
Kravitz joked that the technology on Perez’s car made Ferrari and Mercedes’s cars look prehistoric.
Neither team has been able to compete at the very front of the grid this season.
They’ll be hoping to take some inspiration from what they saw to develop upgrades of their own.
Kravitz jokes about prehistoric cars
Talking about the technology displayed on the bottom of the Red Bull, Kravitz said: “Part of the interesting thing, and I’m not surprised they’ve got the barriers up here [outside the garage] was because thanks to Sergio Perez, we have seen, the whole of Formula 1, the fabled Red Bull floor.
“It is a thing of wonder and beauty. Especially when you compare it to the floor of the Mercedes and the Ferrari, which we also saw up on cranes, so we got a full view of it this weekend.
“They look prehistoric compared to [Red Bull]. Even the little guide fences have got guide fences of their own on the Red Bull.
“It’s so complex in three dimensions, not only are elements coming down, they’re curling around and have got circles where the vortex starts and then the vortices are generated through the floor.
“And then what they’re doing with the area under the crash structure and the gearbox as well.
“I tell you, when you look at these pictures and compare them to the Mercedes and the Ferrari, you’ll be thinking, ‘OK, no wonder this Red Bull RB19 is so good’.
“They’ll hate it of course, but hey blame Sergio Perez, that’s not our fault.”
Mercedes and Ferrari won’t need Kravitz to tell them that some of the technology on their cars is prehistoric.
They’ve been left behind by Christian Horner’s team this season and can’t compete with the innovation developed by Adrian Newey.
Mercedes at least showed some signs of improvement with the upgrades they brought to Monaco.
It would take a miracle of either team to challenge Red Bull for either championship this season.