Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner believes that his team is ten days of testing behind their rivals, and admits that the world champions are still on the back foot, ahead of the forthcoming Formula 1 season opening, Australian Grand Prix weekend.
Speaking to Sky as the end of day two in Bahrain, Horner said, “This is the tenth day of testing and we are about ten days behind, I reckon.”
“We only have two days left, Daniel had a much more positive day, he did long runs, short runs and that was a step forward which allowed us for the first time to look at performance.”
“I have every confidence that we have a good chassis. We just have to make sure we get the most out of what we have going into Melbourne and develop that in subsequent races.”
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All four Renault powered teams have suffered in pre-season testing, with Red Bull capturing the most headlines by virtue of the fact that they are the champions. However, Horner is confident that things will turn around.
“It is still very early days. We have every confidence in Renault; all our success has come with them. There are some very clever people at [their French base in] Viry and I’m sure they’re going to resolve the issues.”
On why Red Bull, and Renault for that matter, have been caught unprepared, Horner explained, “Our start on this year’s car was perhaps later than others because we were pushing for last year’s championship,” Horner said.
“When you’re packaging the car and trying to optimise it, sometimes you go a bit over the limit and have to come back a little bit. That’s what testing is all about.”
“So there is still plenty to do and we are still definitely on the back foot, but we are pushing hard to catch up,” added Horner. (GP247)
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