Red Bull Racing brought a lot of updates to Imola and was able to win in Italy and Miami with Max Verstappen. With the new package, the Milton Keynes team squeezed past Ferrari. This team has not made any changes to F1-75 so far, but that will change in Barcelona. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is traditionally where F1 teams come up with new developments and the Italians stick with it. Ferrari therefore has to tolerate Red Bull at the moment, but also thinks that the Austrians have already spent significantly more on development this season. This means that the racing team of Verstappen and Sergio Perez will probably hit the budget limit much earlier.
“I hope Red Bull’s development stops at some point, otherwise I really don’t understand how they can do it,” said Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto after the Miami GP. However, Red Bull rejects these statements. Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko says the spending is fully in line with the team’s expectations, arguing the gains seem so big because weight is shaved with each update.
When asked if Red Bull lost more weight than Ferrari, Marko replies. “I do not think so. We plan our updates in such a way that we lose weight with each update.” The Austrian also responds to the statements on the amount spent. “I don’t think we’re in a fundamentally different position to Ferrari in that regard. Mainly because I’m wondering how it affects them that Carlos Sainz has crashed the car a couple of times. That can’t come cheap .” According to Marko, one problem is the increased costs. “But that doesn’t just affect us. It also affects Ferrari and the other formations.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is well aware of the budget cap and previously said every update needs to be met. “You have to be very careful where you introduce upgrades,” said the Brit. “We have to make sure that when we launch something, it hits the mark straight away.”