Red Bull dominated the Spanish grand prix less than four days ago, but 600 kilometres down the road, the situation looks different in Monaco.
The average laptime gap between the RB6 and its rivals looked insurmountable at the Circuit de Catalunya.
But between the walls of the fabled Monte Carlo street layout, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was quickest in both of Thursday’s 90 minute practice sessions.
Red Bull is, however, within shouting distance of the pace, indicating that the Milton Keynes based team has made progress on tighter circuits since 2009.
“It will be tighter here than it was in Spain, it’s a special track — we know that,” said runaway Barcelona winner Mark Webber.
Red Bull has snatched pole at each race weekend so far in 2010, but the Australian said: “Saturday will be an exciting qualifying session for definite.”