At this point, the frustration must be tangible for Red Bull Racing and you can understand why. The struggling power unit of Renault with the reduced aero impact of the new chassis designs and very little to show for the first part of the 2015 season means things can only improve right?
According to RBR driver Daniel Ricciardo, that may not be the case:
“We’re by no means the quickest in the fast corners so we’re not really optimal,” said Ricciardo.
“I think last year we lacked power but we were making it up through some high-speed corners and I think we haven’t gained at least in some areas.
“Unfortunately we don’t have a gain anywhere.
“In some places we’re sort of there or thereabouts but we’re not strong anywhere at the moment.”
Effectively they are struggling in just about every area with waning hope that Renault might close the gap to Ferrari and Mercedes and this is in conjunction with a progressing McLaren.
While McLaren have their own struggles, the team have had steady progress even if they are bereft of points this season. The fact remains that given where they started, progress is happening. Should the folks from Woking be on par with RBR come season end, there will be even more difficult questions about RBR’s prospects in Formula 1 going forward.
That may not come to fruition as Ricciardo has been finishing in the points at each race but that’s cold comfort for a team who just won four titles on the trot.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT