Red Bull Racing unveiled an update package with aerodynamic improvements and weight savings at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. Since then, Max Verstappen has scored maximum and Milton Keynes’ team seems to have the upper hand. The Dutchman reduced his World Cup deficit to Charles Leclerc to nineteen points. However, Ferrari has not introduced any major updates to date. The Scuderia will feature several new parts at the upcoming race in Spain.
While Red Bull seems to have the momentum at the moment, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto isn’t worried. “Whether Red Bull’s performance and the scale of development relative to us is a cause for concern? I don’t think so. I don’t think the difference is that big. It’s about a few tenths. Let’s not forget that we’re front row in Miami. In qualifying our pace was better than Red Bull. So I don’t think there’s a big difference between the Red Bull and the Ferrari over a whole weekend. If there are concerns, it is how much they develop given the budget ceiling. But most of all, we hope they have to stop at some point.”
The biggest difference between the RB18 and the F1-75 is the philosophy. Red Bull is faster on the straights, while Ferrari is ahead in the corners. The tire management of the Maranello men also seemed better at the start of the season, but that hasn’t been the case in recent races. Leclerc urges his team to investigate: “It seems that in the race they are stronger on the softer compounds. It’s been like this for two races now. They manage the tires better. In qualifying we always manage to get the tires in the right window. That helps us. But on the long runs we have more problems than Red Bull.”