We’re now 11 races into the 2017 F1 season and Red Bull Racing have made good progress with their chassis and aerodynamic development. The lack of progress with their Renault engine, however, is where they’re lagging behind when it comes to challenging Mercedes and Ferrari.
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Red Bull’s race pace, especially as evidenced by Daniel Ricciardo’s recent performances has improved significantly and more often than not, Red Bull can keep up with the lead pack
However, their engine has been letting them down especially when it comes to Q3 and they just start way too behind to be able to do anything meaningful in the race.
“The car is getting stronger and stronger under race conditions and again it was a very competitive grand prix for us in Hungary”, explained Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
“So if we can just find that little bit more engine performance. You saw in qualifying that Max Verstappen was second quickest in Q1 and Q2, but you get to the latter part of qualifying and you need that little bit extra to go with our major competitors.”
So how’s the engine situation with Renault looking?
“I think you need to speak to our engine supplier to understand what their thoughts are regarding engine introduction”, Horner answered. “Hopefully we can be reasonable in Belgium. Austria, we were reasonably competitive there, I think particularly on Sunday.
“On Saturday, we are going to struggle. I can imagine us being fifth and sixth on the grid on Saturday and quicker than that on Sunday.
“The thing I can say about Spa is that you have the ability to overtake there.”
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– Aditya Bhat.