Defending Constructors’; champion just sixth in current standings
By: Adam Cooper on 3/31/2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Soon after becoming shut out of the points in Australia, Sebastian Vettel finished third in Malaysia.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the gap to Mercedes largely reflects a disparity in straight-line efficiency, but he remains assured that engine manufacturer Renault can make progress.
Horner says Red Bull has exceeded expectations in the 1st 2 races provided the troubles knowledgeable in testing. Despite Sebastian Vettel’;s third-location finish in Malaysia, Red Bull is sixth area in the Constructors’; Championship with just 15 points. Mercedes leads with 68, followed by McLaren with 43, Ferrari with 30, Williams with 20 and Force India with 19.
“It’;s a huge gap. They’;ve clearly got a lot up their sleeve at the second, and I think we’;ve accomplished incredibly effectively to get as near to them as we did this weekend,” Horner said. “Their benefit is clear. It’;s in a straight line, and we’;re operating difficult.
“Considering the place we’;re at with the engine, to be undertaking what we’;re undertaking is past expectation. Renault know there is a whole lot more to come as soon as they type out driveability issues and so on. Hopefully, our curve in terms of catching up on straight-line speed, while it truly is steep, we should hopefully be capable to make steps.”
Horner explained Renault can move forward in spite of the homologation of the mechanical components of the engine because there is even now a great deal to come from application.
“Yes, I think they can simply because a whole lot of their problems are software program connected,” Horner mentioned. “Hopefully the actions can be made, and we can near that gap down. But it is not just Renault. You saw Alonso nowadays against Hulkenberg – Alonso on a new set of tires, DRS completely open, couldn’;t pass Hulkenberg on a scrubbed set of tires. It really is not just Renault. Mercedes, hats off to them, have done a quite great task more than the winter with this new engine, with this new technologies. We have received to perform quite hard to catch them.
“It’;s a matter of acquiring all 3 components functioning in harmony. There’;s obviously the combustion engine, the turbo, and the vitality-recovery method, which affects your braking as significantly as it does your acceleration and power delivery.”
As for the following race, he stated, “I will not think we’;re going to have a resolution overnight. It isn’;t going to have a tendency to rain in Bahrain significantly, either. We’;re going to clearly attempt to make as considerably progress as we can in the week. The dynos are occupied working in Paris. And hopefully we nudge a bit closer to them once more if it all attainable up coming weekend.”
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