Red Bull Racing are looking forward to bridging the gap between themselves and the Mercedes/Ferrari fight, but will reportedly have to wait until the Canadian GP for Renault’s engine upgrade.
The last in the pecking order of the “Big Three”, Formula One team Red Bull has shown that it has the potential to catch up to rivals Mercedes and Ferrari during the outing in Melbourne – but it’s just not there yet. While an engine upgrade would certainly be the most effective way of dropping more power into the car, the team concedes that there is plenty of work to be done elsewhere on the RB13 to ensure that it remains a competitive car throughout the duration of the Formula One season.
Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko gave voice to his thoughts regarding the car’s performance, saying that there is clearly work to be done, and that they can expect various sizes of upgrades at different points in the season:
“There’s a lot of work to do the race speed makes us think positively. But from our side there is a lot to do, and Renault’s side as well. Montreal is their biggest step. Something smaller is coming in Barcelona, but a reasonable step in Montreal.”
– Helmut Marko
Marko also responded affirmatively when questioned on whether or not the Renault upgrades will be enough to move the team up the order:
“We hope so, if we improve our chassis dramatically as well. Our engineers think so, and the simulations say so, also.” – Helmut Marko
Marko admits that while the outing in Melbourne wasn’t ideal – especially with Daniel Ricciardo’s troubled start and subsequent race drop – he believes that the team can work to catch up to the rest of the pack and (hopefully) overtake them.
While Marko laments Verstappen’s speed being only two seconds faster, the team doesn’t find itself in hot water just yet – that’s spot is reserved for McLaren.