Renault F1 engine has had 'a big winter' - Red Bull's Christian Horner

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes engine supplier Renault has had "a big winter" in its bid to catch up with Mercedes in Formula 1

Renault F1 engine has had 'a big winter' - Red Bull's Christian Horner

Renault bounced back from a troubled 2015 to make strides last year, helping Red Bull to win two races with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Horner has previously stated that his team can take the fight to Mercedes if Renault can get within 3% of the performance of F1's pacesetting engine, and the manufacturer has heavily-revised its power unit concept for this year to make those gains.

"It's a brand new engine this year, a change of philosophy," said Horner. "They've had a big winter.

"We're hoping for a step in performance, and if that's delivered then hopefully we can really be a challenger this year and give Mercedes and Ferrari a hard time.

"Mercedes, they're the triple world champions, the team to beat.

"They set the bar pretty high. That's what we're aspiring to.

"The driver line-up we have is fantastic, we've had great stability in the team, and we're excited about the year ahead."

Red Bull is well-known for pushing its lead times on new car builds to the limit ahead of testing, but Horner is satisfied with how things are shaping up ahead of the car hitting the track at Barcelona next week.

"Any off season always has its moments and pressures and demands," he added.

"We're like a swan on the surface, paddling furiously underneath, but that's the same as any pre-season. We're pretty much on target.

"It's always an anxious moment before the car runs for the first time, for it to drive out of the garage and down the pitlane.

"The first thing that you want to see is that it comes back at the end of the lap! It's an exciting moment to see the car break cover.

"And of course the testing, people get sucked into who's doing what time, which fuel loads, who's doing what race runs, etc. It's all irrelevant, in reality.

"You've got to focus on your own programme, put your blinkers on, get through your work, the developments that you want to look at.

"It's all going to change by the time you get to Melbourne anyway.

"It's interesting to see the buzz and tension that surrounds those tests, but we've become pretty good here over the last few winters at just focusing on ourselves and our own programme."

shares
comments
Sauber's big steps under F1's new rules
Previous article

Sauber's big steps under F1's new rules

Next article

F1 2017: Increased drag could help overtaking - Red Bull

F1 2017: Increased drag could help overtaking - Red Bull
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021? Plus

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Formula 1
Jan 30, 2023
Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

Formula 1
Jan 27, 2023
The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023