Red Bull’s reaction to reliability fix questions is “weird” – Wolff · RaceFans


Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff has referred to as consideration to how rivals Crimson Bull have responded to questions regarding their energy unit.

The Honda-powered group launched its second energy unit ultimately weekend’s race in France. Underneath System 1’s guidelines, producers can’t make adjustments to their engines after the beginning of the season aside from reliability causes.

Following final week’s race, Lewis Hamilton instructed Crimson Bull had used “upgraded” energy items. However Crimson Bull group principal Christian Horner mentioned their new engines have been “the identical specification as the primary unit” and their superior straight-line efficiency was as a result of that they had “run a a lot smaller rear wing”.

Requested whether or not Honda may have made adjustments to their engines for reliability causes which allowed them to make use of greater efficiency modes, Wolff mentioned: “I ponder why that’s such a subject when everyone knows that the facility items should be homologated.

“I’m actually shocked that the Crimson Bull guys hold protesting so loudly on the facility unit story,” he added. “So that may be a bit bizarre.”

“The foundations are very clear,” Wolff continued. “It’s homologated, you may give you reliability fixes and that’s it.

“Clearly there may be sure issues you may clear up however you will have your tokens and it’s essential to use them and that’s it so there shouldn’t be any energy benefit as such.”

Nevertheless Wolff mentioned the efficiency of Crimson Bull’s engines is just one purpose for his or her present margin over his group.

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“It’s at all times the interplay between a powerful energy unit, numerous downforce and making the tyres work,” he mentioned. “And I believe they’re simply doing an excellent job.

“We’ve already seen it in Ricard the place they have been capable of run a smaller wing while not shedding loads by means of the twisty bit. So total only a very sturdy bundle.”

Throughout right this moment’s post-qualifying press convention, Max Verstappen responded to a query about his Honda energy unit’s efficiency at greater altitudes by insisting their rear wing ranges defined the group’s margin over Mercedes.

“We’ve at all times been fairly good with altitude,” he mentioned, “however I believe subsequent time I’m going to deliver a printout of the rear wing distinction we’re operating after which I’m going at hand it over to each single journalist. I get this query now like two, three weeks that we’re actually fast on the straight.

“And sure, we’re. However have a look at our rear wing, I don’t assume its precisely the identical.

“For certain, Honda did an amazing job, I imply, in comparison with final 12 months. However from our first engine to the engine now we have within the automobile now, it’s all about reliability enhancements and no clear benefit on pure energy. So, I’m going to fireside up my printer subsequent time and I’m going at hand over a couple of photographs.”

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