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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has pinned the team’s troubles in the early part of the season to their correlation issues that dogged them at least two-and-a-half months in terms of development compared to Mercedes and Ferrari.

While Red Bull has managed to gradually close the gap on the frontrunners, Horner was quick to point out why the team found itself in such a tricky position in the first place.

He said that it was a result of simulation models and on-track results not adding up.

“I think coming into the season, we came in on the back foot really, (as) our tools weren’t correlating with what we were seeing on the track,” Horner said.

“I think predominantly it was the wind tunnel that was leading us a little bit astray. The size of the model, the size of the tyres, in the tunnel that we have, gave some spurious results.

“Previously they’d been very, very reliable in specific areas, [but] suddenly we had this divergence between track, tunnel and CFD.

“It probably cost us around two months, two-and-a-half months, in terms of where it put us back to.

“Then, of course, you’re working flat out to try and recoup all of that time, but it’s not like all the other (teams) are standing still.”

Horner claimed that it wasn’t until May’s Spanish Grand Prix – the fifth round of the season – that his team began to show some real signs of progress.

“It took… really it was around the Melbourne time that we identified where the issue was,” he said.

“And then [we had] to unravel that situation and focus on developing the car and relying on the results we were getting.

“It was really Barcelona by the time we started to see good progress.

“Ever since Barcelona, each Grand Prix we managed to be getting more and more performance onto the car, so I think we have made good progress during the first half of the year.

“We lost a lot of ground early on, but we’re hoping for a much more competitive second half of the season.”

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