Red Bull have hopes for improvement at 'home' race

 30 Jun 2016 - 13:42

Red Bull have hopes for improvement at 'home' race


Spielberg, Austria: Red Bull team chief Christian Horner is confident his team will improve on their recent poor form in this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at their 'home' track, the Red Bull Ring.

Horner said he believes that Red Bull have fixed the problems that wrecked their hopes at the European Grand Prix in Baku where they suffered with tyre performance issues.

And he hopes that the team can improve their record at the Austrian event where the circuit name demands a stronger showing from the team.

"The focus of the last two weeks has been mainly to understand what caused that problem," said Horner.

"As with all these things, it's never one single thing, but a combination... Having understood that, we will carry the lessons into this weekend."

Like the street track in the Azerbaijan capital, the Red Bull Ring is a circuit where power is a key component in a car's performance -- and one that has not favoured Red Bull in recent times.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo's finish in eighth position in 2014 is their best result.

Two weeks ago, in Baku, they finished with Ricciardo seventh and his team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen eighth after both used a two-stop strategy to overcome severe tyre wear problems.

Horner added: "There has obviously been an awful lot of analysis into why we had so many problems in the Baku race because we were so competitive in qualifying.

"We overcompensated the car from Friday to go for qualifying performance and, in generating the tyre temperature for qualifying, we found ourselves outside of the envelope on the first two compounds on a hot track.

"We've a reasonable understanding of what happened, but obviously the expectation was not that we would be in so much trouble we on the super-softs or the softs..."

Though he expects to see a Red Bull team improvement, he warned that the Red Bull Ring was unlikely to witness a decline in Mercedes' power supremacy.

"For this weekend, again, the layout of the circuit is very power-centric," he said. "But the forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks a bit mixed, which could create some different opportunities."

He added that a new track surface was expected to provide more grip, another factor that might assist Red Bull in their bid to catch the Mercedes men.

Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg has won both races since the circuit returned to the calendar in 2014 and is bidding this weekend to complete a hat-trick.