Red Bull Racing yesterday stayed at Istanbul Park where Alexander Albon filmed the second day of the 2021 season. Milton Keynes’s team promptly returned to their usual colorways, after Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez took second and third respectively. place in the Turkish GP with the celebratory white livery in honor of Honda.
In this regard, there are rumors that in the next appointment scheduled in Austin, Red Bull Racing may compete in the United States GP by replacing the Honda writings with Acura ones, that is to say the brand that represents the Japanese manufacturer in the USA.
And, since the RB16B that he rode with Albon did not show the Acura logo, it is conceivable that the team led by Christian Horner has dedicated the 100 km granted by the FIA to trying to set up the car for the last races of an exciting season, characterized by the head-to-head world champion between Max Verstappen who leads the world drivers’ classification with six advantage and Lewis Hamilton.
Compared to the previous events in which Adrian Newey’s car rivaled the Mercedes on equal terms, the RB16B seemed a step definitely below, never being able to counter the victory of Valtteri Bottas with the W12.
It was not clear whether to protect Verstappen’s engine 4 or whether to correct the simulation errors that affected the race weekend with grip data referring to the year before which were completely out of order.
Although with the Pirelli demo tires (less performing than those used during the GPs), Pierre Wache’s technicians were able to verify the behavior of the car with the Anglo-Thai driver, preparing the next trips that could be decisive on the outcome of the race. season, taking advantage of a sunny day and a track that is finally dry, useful for obtaining valuable information.
In Texas, where the race will take place between two Sundays, Mercedes should be slightly favored, while in Mexico and Brazil, two high-altitude races, Red Bull should be better, which can take advantage of Honda’s slightly larger turbo to have a better filling the engine intake box, compensating better than Mercedes for the thin air.
The Red Bull staff would also have worked on the suspension to look for adjustments that could be useful on the depressions of the asphalt that we had sent the MotoGP riders into crisis two weeks ago and on the aerodynamic configuration: Albon rode with much weaker wings than those used. in the Turkish GP. In addition to the main spoon profile, we have seen a very short rope mobile flap and side bulkheads without blowing and strickers.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B engaged in the Turkish GP finished in second place
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Evidently Red Bull engineers are considering how to extract a higher top speed from the RB16B, to counteract the engine supremacy shown by Mercedes. Sunday’s top speed figures were impressive: Verstappen was the slowest of all at 297.1km / h, while challenger Hamilton hit 310.7km / h.
It will be said: Max has done a solitary run and has never benefited from someone’s wake except in voiceovers, but the same can be said with Valtteri Bottas who “solitary” reached 307.6 km / h, while Sergio Perez that he had to overtake has reached 303.0 km / h.
The big difference between the two top teams seemed evident and it is therefore normal for Milton Keynes to try to run for cover …
Red Bull Racing RB16B, detail of the rear wing seen at Spa which could be seen again in Austin
Photo by: Giorgio Piola