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Red Bull Racing brought a revised RB13 to Barcelona last weekend and the changes helped its drivers inch closer to front-runners Mercedes and Ferrari.
Although the Milton Keynes-based outfit are visibly behind Mercedes and Ferrari, they have made concerted efforts to improve on a slow start to this season.
There will be only minor upgrades for Monaco, while a special low downforce package will debut in Canada.
Following their update ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull has now scheduled its next big RB13 upgrade for its home race in Austria in early July. The team is also hopeful that a planned update of its Renault power unit will also be available by then.
“If we could turn the power up full, we would not be far from Mercedes and Ferrari,” an unnamed team member said.
“But because of reliability, we can’t do it yet.”
Adrian Newey has been called back into their paddock after the team’s poor performances at the start of the season. Although the famous F1 designer spent much of his time in the last two years on non-F1 projects, a lot is expected from him as the season progresses.
Even though it required luck on race day in Barcelona, Christain Horner was reportedly rather impressed with the first update that saw Ricciardo notch the team’s first podium finish of the season.
“Adrian wanted the feedback from the drivers to better understand the car and determine the direction for the future,” team boss Christian Horner told Auto Motor und Sport.
“We are looking at which of our tools we can rely on and which we cannot. The wider tyres have a greater impact on aero than we thought.”
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