Written by Andrew Lwanga, Edited by Sasha Macmillen
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has conceded that his team are "playing catch up" but believes they are better suited to do so despite recent woes.
Red Bull got off to a competitive start seeming to only be marginally second to Ferrari's pace, a pole position for Sergio Perez and a race win for Max Verstappen in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix would confirm that assessment.
That however remains Red Bull's singular great result from a weekend so far. The Milton Keynes based team is a long way off the Scuderia in both Drivers and Constructors standings, even trailing the slower-than-usual Mercedes.
Reliability has become a major concern for the Bulls with the team having accumulated 3 DNFs in the first three races already. But in spite of those setbacks, Horner has said he believes that the team is headed in the right direction.
"I think it’s all part of the development and evolution of these cars. As we learn more about the tyres and how the car’s performing, that gives you a development direction." Horner said in conversation with Motorsportweek.com
“Over the first few races we’ve got some very good direction for the development vein for the rest of the season.”
Speaking on Ferrari, Horner stated: “I think they started this project a lot earlier than we did, so to a degree, we are playing catch-up. But the fact we are playing catch-up from the second fastest position is encouraging.”
As Red Bull gears up to launch a counter-offensive to Ferrari in what will seem to be a race on the track as well as off it, Horner has revealed that only minor upgrades are to be expected for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this coming week in Imola, Italy.
“Being a sprint race, you get very little time to evaluate these things,” Horner explained. “We’ve got one session and then into qualifying." “You’ve got to be very confident about what you are putting on the car.”
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