Sport Ricciardo: Chassis should be stronger

21:22  19 april  2017
21:22  19 april  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Marko: Driver line-up is Red Bull's advantage

  Marko: Driver line-up is Red Bull's advantage While Mercedes and Ferrari currently have the edge in performance, Helmut Marko claims Red Bull has the advantage of boasting the best driver-line up on the grid. The Milton Keynes-based outfit has struggled to match the pace of its nearest rivals so far this season, though Max Verstappen did secure the team’s first podium of 2017 last time out in China. The team is focused on closing the gap, but there are rumours that Daniel Ricciardo will move to Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen in the final year of his contract. However, Marko was quick to deny suggestions that the Australian could leave for Maranello and believes both of his drivers are at the top of their game. “We have the best and most balanced driver pairing,” he told Bild quoted by F1i. “Both Max and Daniel are doing a great job and are at their absolute best.” Although its rivals are ahead at the present moment, Marko says the Verstappen-Ricciardo pairing provides ‘damage limitation’ for the team. “Our drivers are our advantage at the moment,” he added. “While we are not able to compete with Vettel and Hamilton, we can leave Bottas and Raikkonen behind, and that’s our best damage limitation right now. “We need to take as many points as possible before the European season starts in Barcelona, so that the gap is not too big.

For sure I'd love more, but we ' re not maybe as strong as we should be from the chassis point of view." Understanding Pirelli's latest generation of tyres is high on Red Bull's agenda during this week's test but Ricciardo said it is proving particularly tricky.

For sure I'd love more, but we ' re not maybe as strong as we should be from the chassis point of view." Understanding Pirelli's latest generation of tyres is high on Red Bull's agenda during this week's test but Ricciardo said it is proving particularly tricky.

Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t believe the Red Bull chassis is as strong as it could be, but understanding the new tyres could be key to reducing the gap.

Red Bull has been out of the title fight so far this season, and Ricciardo doesn’t believe that’s entirely down to the engine.

“I feel like we’re kind of where we’ve always been in terms of the gap,” he told . “The deficit is kind of where it’s been [the last two years]. The reliability is a bit of a question mark but the others have had their issues as well. Ferrari have had some things going on in practice and so on, and they won the race.

“Right now, if I would say engine or car, I’ll probably say the car for now. I know what we can do with a good chassis and less power – we can still put ourselves in the fight. So I think the engine deficit is pretty much what it always has been. For sure I’d love more, but we’re not maybe as strong as we should be from the chassis point of view.”

Hamilton: Ferrari has the edge

  Hamilton: Ferrari has the edge Lewis Hamilton admits Ferrari looks to have the upper hand on Mercedes after Sebastian Vettel topped both practice sessions ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Vettel and Hamilton are locked at 43 points piece at the head of the drivers’ standings after their respective victories in Melbourne and Shanghai. It was the German, though, who drew first blood on Friday, with Hamilton only fifth in FP2 after a mistake spoiled his first effort on the super-softs and traffic curtailed the next. As such, there was no representative lap-time from the Mercedes driver, but his rival seemed to have the edge in the race simulations in the latter part of the session. “It was very close, with Ferrari fastest,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1. “In race trim they seem a couple of tenths quicker, so I’m expecting a great battle tomorrow and then again on Sunday. “We’ll work as hard as we can to try to close that gap.” Vettel himself, though, was not entirely happy with the day’s running as an electrical issue threatened to bring his FP2 to a premature halt. After Kimi Raikkonen hit trouble in the first session, reliability will no doubt be a concern for Vettel, as will the renewed threat offered by Red Bull, with Daniel Ricciardo within his tenth of his evening benchmark. “I think they [Red Bull] looked already a bit stronger earlier today,” he said. “We had a bit of an issue and we were lucky to recover and get some laps at the end. Overall I think it was OK but we can improve so let’s see what happens tomorrow.

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Red Bull is currently third in the constructors’ championship, but has less than half the number of points as Mercedes. The team is expecting an engine update from Renault as early as the Russian GP, but if the chassis is also weaker than expected, more will be needed to catch up with Mercedes and Ferrari.

That’s where the tyres come in. Drivers have found it hard to manage the new, harder, Pirelli compounds so far this season, and Ricciardo believes understanding the tyres could give Red Bull the edge they need.

“For sure, I think if everyone is getting their tyres in the right window then I think it’s downforce at the moment that is our main answer,” he said. “It kind of showed that when we were pretty happy with the tyres and Mercedes maybe weren’t it can really make a big difference. Like 0.8s of lap time will become nothing if they’re not as happy as we are. For sure, it’s sensitive, they can make a big difference, but I’m sure at some point we’re all going to figure out the best thing for the tyres, and you’ll still go back to trying to bolt more downforce.”

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