The Renault engine is the eternal headache of Red Bull year after year, and this season is no exception. The units of the French brand, renowned TAG Heuer, are still a step behind the rest, but progress has been made, and the fourth Daniel Ricciardo in the past Great Prize of Australia represents a strong backing for the aspirations of the team in a season that boasts of transition.
evidence Ricciardo, in a statement to Autosport: “yes, I think that the engine gives more performance, but we’re not talking about a big step still. When you have a certain number of horses and you get 5 or 10 horses more, is not too different. Don’t you feel that extra bit when you hit the accelerator, but if you notice something more pointed; seems to run more at the end of the straight”.
The team austrian is confident that the contribution of Renault will not be there, and expects to have a significant increase in the performance of the engine and face up to the tests of summer, as a specific Ricciardo: “For the moment, we toyed with that, in Montréal, the engine should take a step forward. I hope I have to suffer a few lashes, and G-forces on my neck then!”
The Team Principal of Red Bull, Christian Horner, highlights the improved performance of the Renault engine in race pace: “The power unit has shown real progress over the winter. We still have a long way ahead, but it’s great that there has been a progress in performance, particularly in race conditions, which is what we saw in the test. We hope that children are encouraged to go in the right direction”.