Red Bull have ‘two or three’ problems, reliability is just one

Red Bull have ‘two or three’ problems, reliability is just one

Helmut Marko says reliability is only one downside going through Purple Bull at current – their RB18 can also be lagging behind the Ferrari and is just too heavy.

For the second time in three races Max Verstappen recorded a DNF, the reigning World Champion retiring from the Australian Grand Prix whereas working second.

It was a disappointing end result, the Dutchman having misplaced 36 factors as he was additionally P2 in Bahrain when he retired.

He has two DNFs to his title whereas his team-mate Sergio Perez has one, the Mexican driver additionally unable to complete in Bahrain.

However whereas that could be a urgent concern for Purple Bull, it isn’t the one problem the staff are going through as their RB18 was unable to stay with the Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari across the Albert Park avenue circuit.

And other than missing in tempo, it was additionally chewing up the tyres quite a bit sooner than the Ferrari.

“There are two or possibly three various things at play,” Marko instructed Servus TV.

“Firstly, the reliability issues, which we hardly had final 12 months, however the lag behind Ferrari was additionally alarming at present.

“They simply managed the tempo and did that with out graining. If Max stepped on, Leclerc may react simply.”

He added: “We have been negatively stunned by the velocity of Ferrari. That they had nearly no graining and we already had after just a few laps.

“Ferrari can discover a good steadiness with the automotive extra simply.”

After which, in fact, there may be the load of the automotive.

The RB18 is claimed to be one of many heaviest on the grid and that has value them lap time.

“We’re clearly heavier than the Ferrari,” Marko stated. “I feel we now have a weight handicap of about 10 kilograms.

“Transformed to lap time, that equates to about three tenths per lap.”

The straightforward resolution to that’s for Purple Bull to reduce weight, however Marko says meaning innovation, making an attempt new issues, and all of these include a price ticket at a time when F1 has a finances cap in place.

He continued: “However reducing the load is dear. It’s, to start out with, a monetary problem and secondly additionally it is associated to reliability, so it’s a tough cut up because of the finances ceiling. We face tough occasions.”

Purple Bull will likely be heading to the subsequent race, at Imola, with an improve that may also scale back the load of the automotive.


“We’ll certainly get an improve,” stated Marko. “If it features in addition to the primary updates and if we are able to scale back the load, we are able to put that bundle on a par with Ferrari.

“However extra importantly, we clear up the reliability issues. You may have a quick automotive however if you happen to don’t get to the end, it’s of no use.”

Purple Bull path Ferrari by 49 factors within the Constructors’ Championship with Perez their best-placed driver, P4 within the Drivers’ standings.




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