Why Red Bull believes it can break F1’s hybrid-era cycle
For the past four seasons Red Bull has come on strong in the final races – but only after starting from a low bar. This year, team principal Christian Horner tells BEN ANDERSON, it’s ready to come tearing out of the blocks…
It's crazy to think that it’s been almost a decade since Red Bull last won a world championship in Formula 1, but such has hybridisation skewed the picture against the team that dominated the latter part of F1’s V8 era.
In the early days, circa 2014-16, the inadequacy of Red Bull’s customer Renault engines provided a clear excuse. But since 2017 the picture has become somewhat fuzzier. Rule changes back then were designed to tip the scales back towards aerodynamic advantage, playing to Red Bull’s traditional strengths, but still it wasn’t enough to overcome the odds.
OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight
Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition
Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory
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Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying
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