Horner pins hopes on over­tak­ing Fer­rari on new Re­nault en­gine for Monaco

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Red Bull Rac­ing head Chris­tian Horner be­lieves Re­nault’s new power unit can move his team ahead of Fer­rari in the peck­ing or­der for the rest of the sea­son.

Re­nault gave its B-spec en­gine its de­but dur­ing the post-span­ish GP test ses­sion last week. The unit ran with­out fault so Re­nault has opted to move its in­tro­duc­tion for­ward from Canada to Monaco this week­end. Re­nault was ini­tially hes­i­tant for Monaco due to the ex­tra power of the new en­gine af­fect­ing drive­abil­ity in slower speed turns, but test­ing last week dis­proved those fears.

Horner said: “I have to pay com­pli­ment to our TAG Heuer en­gine part­ners, who have done a great job in mak­ing progress, with what is in the pipe­line [Re­nault’s up­grade] for com­ing races, there is a lot of rea­son for op­ti­mism.

“If we get what is ad­ver­tised and it’s go­ing to put us in a po­si­tion to at least race Fer­rari ev­ery week­end then hope­fully we can start to close that gap down to Mercedes too at cer­tain cir­cuits.

“Daniel [Ric­cia­rdo] qual­i­fied within 0.65s of Lewis Hamil­ton [in Spain], which is the clos­est that I think any­one has been in the last 12 months.

“At a track like Barcelona that’s re­ally en­cour­ag­ing. If we can find a few tenths on the power unit side it’ll cer­tainly be grate­fully re­ceived.”

Re­nault will only have enough parts to bring one new spec en­gine to each of its teams [Re­nault and Red Bull Rac­ing] for Monaco. Red Bull has yet to spec­ify if Ric­cia­rdo or Span­ish GP win­ner Max Ver­stap­pen will get the new unit first.

Red Bull v Fer­rari is a close bat­tle

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