IN NEED OF POWER
Red Bull clearly believe this is will be another difficult year, perhaps even more difficult 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 difficult for them. The momentum that Daniel Ricciardo had in his first 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.