Red Bull 2018 (RB 14)
Posted 27 February 2018 - 17:48
Renault wants Red Bull power unit decision by May
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
By Chris Medland / Image by Hone/LAT
Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul has warned Red Bull the French manufacturer wants a decision taken over next year's power unit supply by May.
The contract between Red Bull and Renault is due to expire at the end of the season, and the latter is understood to have informed Christian Horner that it doesn't intend to continue supplying his team in 2019. With Toro Rosso partnering with Honda this year, Red Bull's most likely future is with the Japanese manufacturer but Horner claims "all things are open for 2019" and that an extension with Renault is "absolutely" a possibility.
"Yeah but we are not going to hang around forever!" Abiteboul said in response to Horner's comments. "I know what Christian is referring to when he says that he has options. He's right, he's absolutely right.
"Like him I know and read contracts and obligations that we have to help the sport, not to help Red Bull Racing, but there is one thing that is clear, that's planning. There will be a deadline for Red Bull Racing to define what they want for the future."
Asked about that deadline, Abiteboul highlighted the May 15 cut-off for intention to supply that is written in the FIA's sporting regulations.
"I believe it's the end of May there needs to be some clarity as to who is supplying which team – which supplier is supplying which customer team. As far as I'm concerned that will be our deadline.
"I guess that will be the baseline for any discussion. Then when you [have spoken to] teams there is obviously a number of specific services that you want to have. Do they want to have their own petroleum companies? Do they want to have some specific dyno tests? And so on and so forth.
"So the fact that we have that framework in the regs will not prevent any more specific, bespoke services or commercial discussions between auto companies."
Posted 27 February 2018 - 18:15
Dobra fotografija Bas se gotive medjusobno
Edited by 4_Webber, 27 February 2018 - 18:16.
Posted 27 February 2018 - 18:16
Kao da mu Abitebol govori "ajde udari ti mene prvi, da ne bude da sam te na kvarno naboo"
Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:33
Adrian Newey is staying at Red Bull, even though the former title-winning team has appointed a new technical director.
France's L'Equipe reported that Frenchman Pierre Wache has been appointed Red Bull's technical boss.
But Newey, one of F1's most famous and successful designers, is staying as chief technology officer.
Wache, who already had a prominent technical role, confirmed: "Adrian always focused more on aerodynamics, while I try to put the power to the road."
He said he understands that the technical director role is a high pressure one.
"I understand what this post means, and the risks. It doesn't frighten me, but I understand that results are expected. And I want to show that I can give them," Wache added.
There is no doubt that Newey, 59, has been less enamoured by and focused on F1 in the 'power unit' era.
And although he attended the Barcelona tests, he sounds unenthused about the future, including Liberty Media's plans for a budget cap.
"Mercedes is superior in every way in this engine formula," Newey told Auto Motor und Sport. "Power, consumption, driveability, energy recovery.
"You can't make up for that with a better car."
And he said Liberty's budget cap plans will be no fix.
"That's socialism. And in real life, it's only ever worked in theory," said the Briton.
Newey said a better approach would be to ban wind tunnels and limit CFD simulation, which would mean teams need less people.
And he thinks the older, louder V8 and V10 engines of the past were actually more 'green' than today's hybrids.
"In 1998, our McLaren weighed 580kg, with 45 kilos of ballast on board. Today we're at 733kg with virtually no ballast.
"We could save a lot of fuel if we weren't so heavy, but that would only be possible with the other engines," Newey said.
Posted 15 March 2018 - 14:20
Hamilton: Australian Grand Prix update could put Red Bull top in F1
By James Newbold, Valentin Khorounzhiy
Published on Wednesday March 14th 2018
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton fears an upgrade for the Australian Grand Prix could mean Red Bull ends up with the fastest car for the season opener.
Like Mercedes, Red Bull did not chase headline lap times in pre-season testing testing at Barcelona, but was buoyed by its running over the two weeks.
It impressed its rivals too, with Mercedes technical director James Allison suggesting Red Bull was potentially the main threat to his team's dominance and Hamilton anticipating a "real challenge".
Speaking to the media at an event for Mercedes' title sponsor Petronas, the reigning world champion went even further, suggesting Red Bull could be the team to beat at the start of 2018.
Daniel Ricciardo said at Barcelona that the RB14 would undergo changes between testing and the Australian Grand Prix, with new "go-fast" parts set to be added to the car.
"I think this year is going to be exciting, because last year there was a big difference between teams in the beginning, and then they got closer," he said.
"But this year it starts this close and then it's going to overlap, and separate, and overlap during the year, as people are developing.
"Because we don't bring upgrades at the same time, I think Red Bull will bring something at the first race, which will be interesting to see.
"I think Red Bull are the fastest at the moment, potentially.
"They have some sort of upgrade coming, of some magnitude, two-to-four tenths or something like that - that's what I heard."
Hamilton added: "They have generally a slightly different philosophy, they always build a car that has lots of downforce.
"Their maximum downforce has always been more than everyone else's.
"But that doesn't work always everywhere. Some places where you have longer straights - because they're very slow on the straights, normally, but they're fast through the corners. This advantage shifts through the year.
"I'm super confident in my team and the work they've done, I just think it's going to be close."
Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas said he was not sure whether Red Bull or Ferrari posed the bigger threat to Mercedes' title defence.
"I think they both look strong," he said. "It depends on the early-season development. I wouldn't underestimate either of those.
"My feeling is it's going to be a three-team battle. That's how we're going to at least start the year."
Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull ready for Formula One charge in 2018
Rachel Wood and Matias Grez, CNN
Updated 1229 GMT (2029 HKT) March 15, 2018
Ahead of the start of the 2018 Formula One season, Daniel Ricciardo is in his element.
With the season opener in Melbourne just around the corner, the Australian is sat in a Red Bull racing simulator, designed to mimic the race day environment, ironing out the kinks in the car's new design.
Little has changed from last season's version, the 2018 design an "evolution" of the 2017 one, Ricciardo explains at Red Bull's headquarters in Milton Keynes.
"The biggest difference it will have is visually from the fan's point of view," he says. "There is the halo, the shark fin that's been trimmed down, the rear spoiler of the car, all that bodywork is diminished.
"There's lots of stuff, I don't even understand all of it it ... probably not even half of it," Ricciardo laughs.
The halo -- a titanium structure designed to protect the drivers' heads from flying debris -- has divided opinion ahead of its introduction to F1 in 2018.
Despite its structure appearing particularly bulky from the outside, Ricciardo insists the new safety barrier is barely noticeable from inside the cockpit.
"I've done a few laps in it already and I honestly forget about it nearly immediately," he says.
"Even though it's such a big structure, because you're always looking forward and at the corner, you kind of see through it. So you don't even know it's there."
When tested by the the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the halo was found to prevent 17% of small objects aimed at the driver's head.
Ricciardo, however, is keen to stress this added protection will not result in drivers taking more risks out on the track.
"As far as the approach to racing or the risks you take, zero changes," he insists.
"If we hit the wall, it doesn't make the wall feel any softer, it's really just to save a potential fatality with a flying object, a wheel or a wing from a car in front.
"If that's going to come towards us, then the halo is going to hopefully protect that.
Home Grand Prix
With the season-opening Australian Grand Prix a little over one week away, Ricciardo's attention is focused on trying to secure a first podium finish at his home race.
Since joining Red Bull in 2014, the 28-year-old has only managed a best of fourth place in 2016 -- and last year failed to even finish the race.
Ricciardo openly admits strong starts to the season haven't been Red Bull's forte since he arrived, which he attributes to the team being better prepared for preseason testing in Barcelona.
The one time Ricciardo did get a good start, finishing second at the 2014 season opener in Melbourne, he was subsequently disqualified after his car was found to have breached fuel regulations.
That disqualification means an Australian is still to finish on the podium of the race since it became part of the F1 world championship in 1985.
"I'm quietly confident that we're going to start a lot stronger this season than we have in previous seasons," Ricciardo says.
"We've rolled the car out earlier this year, the team has been just a bit more proactive with getting the car prepared.
"Not being too greedy or overconfident bringing it to Barcelona (for testing) at the last minute and expecting it to run well, which it normally hasn't."
Alongside 20-year-old sensation Max Verstappen, Ricciardo believes Red Bull "absolutely have the strongest lineup" going into the 2018 season.
Such is his confidence, Ricciardo is adamant his team now have the firepower to chase down last year's two leading drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
"We've learned from the past and now we're going to move forward and do very, very well and challenge the silver and red cars," he says.
"I like the lineup we've got, I like Max as a teammate, I like his intensity and he's obviously got an extremely high level of skill. I think we're good competitively for each other."
Often found sauntering through the paddock on race weekend, shades on and a Cheshire Cat-like grin across his face, Ricciardo doesn't seem like a man who feels the pressure.
It's easy to imagine the pressure of expectation would be weighing heavy on Ricciardo's shoulders ahead of what will be the fifth home race of his career.
But he only has positive things to say about what he believes is one of the greatest weekends on the circuit.
"Melbourne is a crazy way to start the season," he says with a smile.
"For me in particular because I'm the only Aussie currently on the grid so there's the hype, the attention of the first race and then you double that for me because naturally I've got more people interested in me back in Australia -- it's crazy."
Ricciardo sounds like he is relishing the challenge.
Posted 19 March 2018 - 14:46
RIC, bezi odatle sto pre!
Max Verstappen has admitted he is boss Dr Helmut Marko's "new project".
With the future of his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the air, Dutchman Verstappen says it is clear Marko wants him to become the next world champion.
"I am his new project. He wants to repeat the Vettel story and win world championships," Verstappen told Germany's Auto Bild.
20-year-old Verstappen is young and exciting, but many think his aggressive driving style is not yet refined enough for a world championship tilt.
But he insisted: "In a title fight, I would take fewer risks, because a second place can bring you closer to your goal than a failure. It's just a different mental approach.
"Last year I wanted to win at any cost, because I had nothing to lose. But I believe I know exactly what I have to do to become world champion."
Some think that chance could come in 2018, but Verstappen isn't so sure.
"What I want is a much more consistent season than last year," he told Ziggo Sport Totaal. "A lot fewer failures. To win again if possible and the first pole position would be nice."
Verstappen said he is therefore not in a rush to beat Sebastian Vettel's record and become the youngest ever F1 champion.
"I know that records are very important to Sebastian, and for me it would be nice, but records aren't something I really need in my life," he said.
"As long as I am world champion one day, that's the most important thing to me."
Daniel Ricciardo will walk a contract "tightrope" in 2018.
That is the view of the Australian's countryman Mark Webber, referring to the fact that Ricciardo is on the prowl for a potential move from Red Bull for 2019.
"The first part of the year is very important for him," Webber told Melbourne newspaper The Age.
"He is on a tightrope. There is no question."
But he said that while Ricciardo is gambling slightly by stalling, 28-year-old Ricciardo's F1 future is "safe".
"It's just a question if he is wants the absolute perfect team in '19 and trying to get number 1 status somewhere in those teams. That's what he would love to achieve," Webber said.
Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:56
Marko: Honda could match Renault by end of the year
Red Bull believes Honda's Formula 1 engine has the potential to be at Renault's level by the end of this year, heightening speculation that the team could switch power units in 2019.
Sister team Toro Rosso has enjoyed an encouraging start to its new relationship with Honda, having enjoyed a trouble-free pre-season testing programme at Barcelona.
And while Honda is still behind in the power stakes with its current specification engine, sources have suggested that the gap to Renault could be as little as 15bhp heading into the year.
With further development in the pipeline over the course of 2018, the door is open for Honda to close up even more, with Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Mark suggesting there will be little to choose between the two power units by the end of the season.
"The Honda package is technically interesting," Marko told Motorsport.com. "The engine is very light and now the reliability is there. They speak of continuous performance improvements.
"The engine should be at Renault level by the end of this year."
Red Bull's current contract with Renault runs out at the end of this season, and that means the Milton Keynes-based team will have a choice of which engine it wants to race with in 2019.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner said that the final decision on which engine its takes will be driven not by emotion but by pure performance.
"The situation varies with Renault almost monthly," said Horner. "But we are used to that. We've known them a long time.
"We have got a respect for what they do: and the most important thing for us is having the most competitive package going forward.
"We want to be in a position to continue to close the gap to the teams ahead and get onto the front foot.
"Obviously we are in a position for the first time in probably the last 10 years that we have a choice moving forwards.
"And that is a position that we have not been in for a long, long time. There has either been a veto or a block or a non desire from supplier to supply."
Pushed on what Honda would have to do to convince Red Bull it was a viable solution for next year, Horner said: "I think they have made very good grounds over the winter.
"We have got a front row seat to see how that product is developing that performing with Toro Rosso. And it will all come down to performance. We want the most performant engine in the back of the car."
Marko said he was impressed with what Honda has done this winter to get things back on track, and how it plans to move forward throughout the season.
"We are aware about the scheduled spec steps," he said. "I think that collaboration between Toro Rosso and Honda is very good, because we didn't just tell the Japanese what the engine should look like.
"Immediately after signing the contract there was an exchange of technicians between Faenza, Sakura in Japan and Milton Keynes, where Honda also has a small factory.
"That's where the current car and the engine installation were discussed and actually done. And I believe this partner-like approach has contributed a great deal to the result we have now."
Edited by 4_Webber, 20 March 2018 - 10:56.
Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:58
Pouzdanost je tu. Ako je tu, zasto su promenili 6 motora za 8 dana testiranja? Koliko dugo jos Reno moze da trpi da ovi seru po njima, da izvinite na izrazu? Nadam se ne jos duze od mesec i po dana.
Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:16
Nije tema za to, ali moram
Published on Monday August 17th 2015
Honda is aiming to match Ferrari's power output with the updated Formula 1 engine it will introduce for the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix.
Arai told AUTOSPORT his company's existing engine was "much better than Renault" during the most recent race in Hungary, and that the upgraded version will take it closer to Ferrari's output.
The aim is then to match the class-leading Mercedes unit with a further upgrade over the winter, ready for the 2016 season.
"Spa is the final upgrade for this year, with ancillaries to follow in the following race," Arai told AUTOSPORT.
"Mk 3 [will be introduced] in Spa [and] we have already started development on next season's power unit.
"Mk 4 will be on the same level as Mercedes, that is the target; Mk 3 will be on a level similar to Ferrari, which is what we're aiming for. It's a big step."
Posted 20 March 2018 - 19:12
Ako 2019 budu prešli na Hondu i tim se bude zvao Red Bul Honda a ne Red Bul Tag Hejer onda možda i nešto bude od momaka iz Sakure.
... ma ne!