Horner confirms balance problems RB16 in qualifying
By Adam Wills 08 July 2020 | 13:32
Christian Horner praises the potential of Red Bull Racing, despite a double failure for the Austrian racing stable in the past weekend. With a stable RB16, Horner believes that his racing stable can put up a good fight against Mercedes in 2020.
Formula 1 quotes the Brit: "I think a win could’ve been on the cards given you could see towards the end of the stint Valtteri started to get into some tyre problems." In the closing stages of the race, Max Verstappen or Alexander Albon could have grabbed the victory if they hadn't dropped out.
Horner aims to focus on what went well during the season opener on the Red Bull Ring: “I think strategically we were sharp, we were very strong, and it’s a shame that we have no points to show for it."
Horner: "RB16 is a very good car"
Horner knows that Mercedes has been working hard during the winter break. They drove faster than Verstappen, the primary challenger, by more than half a second during qualifying. Still, the Red Bull team boss thinks his team is in a good place to start.
"I think that engine wise they’re looking strong as well but I think we’ve got the basis of a very, very good car in RB16," says Horner. "And you know the fact that we managed to split them today with Max, and be running in a comfortable second, is encouraging."
"So we need to try and sort out some of the balance issues that we had in qualifying and come back hopefully stronger next weekend,” he continues. The Red Bull drivers thus suffered from the RB16's imbalance during the qualifying session.
Red Bull's train of thought
At least Red Bull has the mentality to get everything out of the car, when the reliability problems don't get in the way: "I felt we’d done that well today, I felt that strategically we were strong and we’re pushing all the way. With both cars we were in a position to go for victory at different stages of the race so we’ve just got to keep applying that approach." (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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