Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Red Bull turned Verstappen's engine down after Ricciardo retired

Austrian Grand Prix- Red Bull Ring Spielberg Austria Can Renault's engine upgrade give them a qualifying boost? Credit REUTERS
Edward Snyder | 04 July, 2018, 01:59

Shortly afterwards however, Max Verstappen and team boss Christian Horner made clear that in terms of aiding teammates with a tow, there is system in place at Red Bull which sees the drivers take it in turns to help one another, and that as Ricciardo benefitted from the Dutch driver in France a week ago, this week it was the Australian's turn to help the youngster.

Some early-season concerns set back the Red Bull squad initially.

When asked if Red Bull is a title contender this year, Horner said: "I think that we definitely have an outside chance". It is the fourth career victory for Verstappen, and his first of the 2018 Formula 1 season.

That meant Ricciardo was giving the 20-year-old Dutch driver, who is seen by many as a future world champion, the benefit of a "tow" while the Australian's auto took the aerodynamic hit.

Previewing the weekend's event, Ericsson notes that the long straights and hairpins is a good opportunity to pass cars during the race. What are there, 12 races left?

On Sunday, Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas started on the front row but hopes of a one-two ended when first Bottas retired with an hydraulics leak and then Hamilton pulled over with a fuel pressure problem.

"It's always hard to know the intricacies of other teams but I think the one thing you have to do as a team is win as a team and lose as a team", said Horner, speaking at the Red Bull factory. It has some interesting parts - mainly, it is the second part of the lap that is challenging. He was very much in control.




"There are some circuits coming up that should play to our strengths, places like Hungary and Singapore". There are circuits that will not be so good for us but I think one of our major assets is that as a race team we are extremely versatile and we've been very creative on strategy, pit stops, pit work...

"Like I said, we always try to have the best possible position, but between us it will be all good".

In total, Red Bull has suffered five DNFs in 2018. Horner commented on this by adding that support from Renault has been steady since the team's decision to switch to Honda next year.

"I was going in front in Paul Ricard, he was going in front the race before that. And it gives them a barometer of where they need to improve".

"This is natural when you want to win and we would not want to take that away from them".

"This year they came back and they got a victory". This weekend was Daniel's time to drive out the garage first ahead of Max.

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