Red Bull Racing are set to introduce what driver Daniel Ricciardo has described as a “significant” aero upgrade at the Hungarian Grand Prix, however Team Principal Christian Horner has been quick to quash the suggestion that it is that big a deal.
The Milton Keynes based squad had hoped to be able to take the fight to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Scuderia Ferrari at Silverstone last weekend, but they were somewhat off the pace, the reasons behind which they are yet to fully understand.
Horner is of course eager for the cause to be established as quickly as possible, as he explained to Autosport recently.
“I think we felt that we were a bit off.
“I am not sure we got the most out of the car this weekend. We struggled a little bit in the low speed corners, so there is quite a bit to go and understand, analysis wise, why that is.”
Ricciardo started the British Grand Prix from nineteenth on the grid, having suffered a turbo failure during the first part of qualifying, and brilliantly made his way through the field, to finish fifth by the end of the race.
However, neither the Australian or team-mate Max Verstappen had the pace to get close to the top two teams, and following the event, Ricciardo made reference to a substantial upgrade in Hungary, which should be an opportunity to improve their performance.
Horner is playing down the significance of the update however, stating that it is just a planned progression.
“It is all part of the evolution.
“I wouldn’t call it significant. I would say it is again relatively subtle in terms of a constant process of trying to get performance on the car.”
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