The new technical regulation that takes the Formula 1 starting in 2017 has drawn a large number of unknowns and to some extent has crushed the ‘status quo’ reigning in the category. The dominance of Mercedes in recent seasons may be compromised thanks to the arrival of cars more wider and large that will need to higher power levels. Red Bull and Ferrari are, a priori, the two forces that can break this hegemony and in the case of the austrian team, have very clear requirements to get it. Red Bull’s assume that with a deficit of 3% of power compared to Mercedes will be in the fight.
Although the new requirements aerodynamic invite you to think that Adrian Newey can come back to be a differential factor, Christian Horner has been quite cautious knowing that the power of the engine will continue to be an important factor, impression that is supported by the words of Cyril Abiteboul, who explained that the power differences become more pronounced even more. It is for this reason that Horner mark the figure of 3% as the deficit of power compared to Mercedes so that Red Bull can make a difference, as it did during the second half of the season 2016, where cut significantly the differences with the arrows of silver.
According to the estimates of Christian Horner, Red Bull suffered during
2016 a deficit of about 45 horse power, which in terms
percentage means a deficit above 5%. In this aspect,
Red Bull needs that the difference between the power unit
Mercedes and the Renault is reduced to half to be able to be in the
‘game’ the fight for the title: “I Think that if we returned within the
3%, is that where we were more or less with the V8, then we will be in
the fight. And with any luck, with stability, we should be able to
get there“. A task that Renault and Mobil 1 have much to
In Renault do not consider that the 3% is a deficit that
automatically place to Red Bull in the fight for the title, so that
working in get to have the best engine of the grill, with the firm
conviction that they have a number of technological concepts that can be
help to overcome Mercedes in the future. One of these details is the
internal competition arising of the agreement that it has signed Red Bull with
ExxonMobil on the one hand and of the association that Renault has signed on with
BP. A combination that can also serve to to match the
benefits of the products of Petronas offer Mercedes and that are
a fundamental part of their success.