Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said that some of the issues that have been evident with the RB16 will be resolved with the “b-spec” that the team will race next season.
After a promising pre-season Red Bull have struggled to keep up with the mighty pace of the Mercedes, winning just one race and facing a significant deficit in qualifying.
However, the gap has closed in recent weeks and Horner appears encouraged by the progress his team has made.
“Generally we have looked a bit more competitive this weekend,” said Horner. “I think particularly sector one we looked all weekend like we had the upper hand.
“Sector three was our weakest sector in comparison to Mercedes. But I think generally it’s been a strong weekend for us. I think we have made progress, so that’s definitely encouraging.”
With Max Verstappen less than three-tenths adrift of pole position at the Nurburgring, the Eifel Grand Prix was the closest the Red Bull car has been to Mercedes in qualifying all season.
The Formula 1 calendar moves on to Imola, Portimao and Istanbul Park next, and Horner suggested that the characteristics of these circuits could play into the Milton Keynes team’s hands.
“It felt like were a step closer today,” he said on Sunday.
“There were areas of the circuit here we were equal to or better than the Mercedes. Turn 13, 14 seemed to be our weak spots in comparison to them at this circuit. So let’s see: We’ve got Portimao, we’ve got Istanbul, we’ve got Imola, they’re all circuits that will be quite interesting for us.
“We’re keen to finish the season on a positive momentum having sort of understood quite a few of the issues that we’ve had with RB16 so that’s addressed going into RB16B.”