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New engines at the home game: Red Bull on the last row of the grid

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E The move was actually planned for the GP Canada. For tactical reasons, Red Bull wanted to send its drivers into the race with the fifth engine. Because a starting place penalty hurts the least on the tracks where you have no chances anyway. Renault has fallen even further behind Mercedes this year than in 2014. And Ferrari has clearly overtaken. Before the summer break, Renault is unlikely to do more. The French are still in the consolidation phase.

Budapest is the strongest track for Red Bull

That is why the vice-world champion wants to concentrate on the Grand Prix, where the aerodynamics can make up for part of the power deficit. Routes like Silverstone, Budapest, Singapore or Suzuka. Renault does not want to be forced to change the engine, which would throw the drivers back ten starting positions.

Therefore, Montreal offered itself to deal with the first penalties. But then the engines at the Hungarian GP would have been four races old again. 'This is perhaps our strongest track of the whole year. We must definitely not give up starting places there,' says team principal Christian Horner.

So then the home Grand Prix after all, even if it could be bitter. Horner said: 'Our simulation showed that the engine at the Red Bull-Ring will cost us even more time than in Montreal. That is why a tactical engine change makes the most sense there. We have to expect that we will be in the back row and then also collect time penalties if the drivers don't make it into the top ten in terms of lap times. '

Red Bull in Montreal slower than 2014

In Montreal, both drivers made it into Q3. Although the top speeds were 10 km /h behind the top despite the Monza rear wing and were eight tenths of a second in the last sector. 'The engine is worse than last year,' complained Horner and team advisor Helmut Marko. 'The GPS comparison measurements on the straights are terrifying.'

The figures prove that. The fastest training lap of a Red Bull from last year was 1.15.548 minutes. This year, last year's winner did not exceed 1.16.079 minutes. All others increased compared to 2014. Mercedes by 0.481 seconds, Ferrari by 0.800 seconds, Williams by 0.448 seconds and even Force India by 0.686 seconds.


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