What Happened To Red Bull’s Race Pace?

Two weeks ago at their home race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team surprised everyone with their race pace as Daniel Ricciardo held his own amongst the lead cars and finished only a few seconds off the race winner.

However, the following weekend at the British Grand Prix, it seemed like their race pace disappeared as they could not keep up with the Mercedes and Ferrari cars at all.

f1-british-gp-2017-max-verstappen-red-bull-racing-rb13 (1)Photo : JEP / LAT Images

Following this sudden dip in performance at the British Grand Prix where they were expected to continue their strong showing from Austria, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said that the team are trying to get to the bottom of this.

“I think we felt that we were a bit off”, said Horner after the British GP. “I am not sure we got the most out of the car this weekend. We struggled a little bit in the low speed corners, so there is quite a bit to go and understand, analysis wise, why that is.

“Silverstone now with this new generation of cars is again 70 percent full throttle for a percentage of the lap. And again, that is quite painful in comparison to our rivals.”

Looking ahead to the Hungarian GP which is up next, Red Bull are bringing in an aerodynamic upgrade in order to challenge the lead cars.

“It is all part of the evolution”, said Horner playing down the upgrade. “I wouldn’t call it significant. I would say it is again relatively subtle in terms of a constant process of trying to get performance on the car.”

Feature image : Sutton Images

– Aditya Bhat.



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