RED BULL

F1 Racing - - SEASON PREVIEW 2016 -

IN NEED OF POWER

Red Bull clearly be­lieve this is will be an­other difcult year, per­haps even more difcult than last year. I’m not privy to what de­vel­op­ments they can make to their Tag-Heuer-branded Re­nault en­gine. Mario Il­lien is work­ing on the en­gine side and I know him well. He’s a cre­ative per­son and pre­pared to take chances. Red Bull are a world cham­pi­onship-win­ning team and part of their phi­los­o­phy is that they would take a chance.

It’s go­ing to be difcult for them. The mo­men­tum that Daniel Ric­cia­rdo had in his rst year with the team, go­ing against Seb and win­ning, was great, but then they took just three podi­ums last year, which shows how easy it is to start los­ing that mo­men­tum.

Adrian Newey still has a lot of hunger; he is still in­volved as much as he wants to be in­volved, but he’s also do­ing other things. I still think there’s a per­cep­tion that they had a chas­sis last year that was equal with the Mercedes, and in some ar­eas even bet­ter, but with much less horse­power. How­ever, they won their cham­pi­onships with much less horse­power than their com­peti­tors – even in the V8 era the Re­nault didn’t have as much grunt.

There is a lot of youth and en­ergy among the man­age­ment and me­chan­ics at Red Bull and they will con­tinue to be a qual­ity For­mula 1 team.

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