It's been a while since Red Bull looked this competitive heading in to the serious part of a Formula 1 weekend. The team that finished runner-up to Mercedes in last year's constructors' world championship has not really come close to being best-of-the-rest at any of the first nine grands prix of this season.
Of course Mercedes is down the road and far away, as it has been for most of 2015. Ferrari made a big gain with its engine for this year, and the SF15-T is undoubtedly a decent chassis, but it hasn't kept pace with Mercedes' rate of development, leaving the silver cars to dominate unless something untoward (like a fast start from a pair of Williams drivers at Silverstone) happens.
Both Red Bull drivers split Mercedes pairing Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the top of the Hungarian Grand Prix's Friday practice timesheet, suggesting this might be the first race of 2015 that the former world champion team can get back to the status it enjoyed at many races in 2014.