Red Bull “clearly” the fastest car

( – If you look at the Formula 1 race in Spain until Charles Leclerc’s technical error on lap 27, you can come to the conclusion that Ferrari with its update has once again taken over Red Bull and won the rest of Formula 1 field. Because the monegasque looked like the sure winner with a twelve-second lead.

Max Verstappen was behind Charles Leclerc at the start of the race


At Red Bull, however, the perception is different: “In terms of speed, we were faster than the Ferraris in the race,” claims motorsport consultant Helmut Marko in the ‘ORF’. That Max Verstappen had been left until then was simply due to the circumstances.

Because the defective DRS had ensured that the Dutchman had started the race behind Leclerc and that he was stuck behind George Russell after his departure in turn 4. At the time of departure, he was just two seconds behind Leclerc.

And behind him, Verstappen could not drive faster because Red Bull had to reduce engine power a bit due to the high temperatures. “When we had free driving and full engine power, we were clearly the fastest cars in the field,” Marko emphasizes on ‘Sky’. “Still, it was lucky that Leclerc was out.”

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But the Bulls also believe it would have been possible to beat the Ferrari on the pitch: “If you look at the tire deterioration, the Carlos [Sainz] in the second half of the race, we did quite well, “said team manager Christian Horner. It must be said that Sainz’s car was damaged after it drove into the gravel bed.

Victory even without Leclerc failure?

On Friday, Ferrari still seemed to have big problems in the long run, but they were able to rectify that again with some adjustments on Saturday. Despite this, Red Bull believes they are ahead in this statistic on Sunday: “I think we had a good result compared to our opponents,” Horner said.

“I think our stint lengths were very competitive and the condition of the tires was okay under such brutal conditions,” the Briton said. “I do not think any expected temperatures like this in Barcelona in mid-May.”

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So it had been exciting to see how the battle for victory would have turned out. Horner therefore thinks it’s a shame that there was no direct duel between the two World Cup protagonists after Leclerc’s exit: “I think it would have been very close between the two. Maybe the three stops would have been against their planned two-stop works. ” he says. “I think the cars were very, very close to each other.”

But there was another team on Sunday that claimed the fastest car. Mercedes Motorsport director Toto Wolff was convinced that Lewis Hamilton could have been in the race for victory if it had not been for the clash with Kevin Magnussen in the first place. His proof was the faster running time after the 1st lap compared to Verstappen.

And what about Mercedes?

“They have certainly taken a step forward,” Horner admits. “But we still beat them by how many seconds (33; editor’s note), and both of our cars overtook the leading Mercedes,” he does not see Mercedes as the fastest car.

“But as I’ve said all season, it’s only a matter of time before they join the fight.”

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At the World Cup, Max Verstappen took the lead for the first time in Barcelona (to World Cup level), although he still had a large deficit after the third race of the season in Australia, which came from two retirements. “It just shows how fast things can turn around,” Horner says. “And that’s exactly why we do not write off Mercedes.”

Mistakes, such as Leclerc in Barcelona or Verstappen in Bahrain and Australia, can always happen and will clear up over the course of the year. “They were unlucky this time and we’ve been unlucky twice before,” Horner said. “And as we heard from Mercedes, it was also very close for them. Everyone is pretty much at the border.”

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