Red Bull’s rear wing problems have been discussed by Christian Horner, as well as how the team plans to deal with the situation in the future.
Red Bull team head Christian Horner is optimistic that the team’s recent rear wing issues would not cause serious problems during the title chase.
Last weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix saw Red Bull’s rear wing flapping – or oscillating – issue resurface, necessitating mechanics to apply reinforcements throughout practice.
Max Verstappen went back to a higher downforce wing for qualifying, and no further concerns were noticed during qualifying or the race, according to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko.
“That was our preferred wing and it was the setup direction that we wanted to go in,” Horner told the media when asked about the wing modification and how much it harmed performance.
“If those other [lower downforce] wings are required in either [Saudi Arabia] or Abu Dhabi, obviously we’ll need to have fixes in place to strengthen them up – the DRS mechanism.”
Red Bull trying to manage the situation
Despite the slew of issues at recent races, Horner is optimistic that the situation can be effectively managed.
“I think from a reliability point of view it should be quite – hopefully – straightforward to sort up those actuators,” Horner said when asked if the actuator could have been readily fixed if the part hadn’t been homologated.
“We’ve been using them for many years now, so it’s not a new technology.”
In the Drivers’ Championship, Verstappen is eight points ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while Red Bull is five points behind Mercedes in the Constructors’ standings.
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