F1 News: Red Bull to face tough race, to lose 1.2 seconds on Baku’s F1 straight

F1 News: Red Bull to face tough race, to lose 1.2 seconds on Baku’s F1 straight

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko said that Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will lose around 1.2 seconds on Baku’s long straight because of its F1 power deficit. The Baku City Circuit is the second longest circuit on the F1 calendar behind the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. It features a straight which measures around 1.2 miles.

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Top speed is therefore crucial to a good lap time and despite Red Bull running the newly upgraded Renault engine, which latest upgrade generated a lap time gain of around 0.5s per lap, it still lacks outright power which the Red Bull team estimates will lose them a huge amount of time, according to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko.

Helmut Marko was pessimistic ahead of the Baku European Grand Prix saying, via the Autosport.com: “The extremely long straight will not benefit us.

“Our computer simulations showed we will lose 1.2s per lap there. “This is almost impossible to make up in the corners, though we have an outstanding car.”

Despite this kind of view, Marko is still hopeful that Red Bull will have a good race in Baku City Circuit and that it will be chasing the dominant Mercedes on the 3.732-mile street track.

Renault has made some progress with its F1 power unit this year, which is now much closer in performance to Ferrari and Mercedes than before. That same power unit has also improved Red Bull’s performance this year, with the team winning in Spain Grand Prix, challenging for victory in Monaco and showing increased competitiveness on a power-sensitive track in Montreal, Canada.

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Red Bull has extended its engine partnership with Renault for another two years following the French manufacturer’s increased performance this year.

The Milton Keynes-outfit has tried to strike deals with Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda last year to avoid having to use Renault F1 engines in 2016 F1 competition. However, the team has been encouraged by Renault’s performance following its decision to return to F1 racing with its own engineering team.

The Renault engine’s latest development has increased its performance by about 30bhp, taking it well over 900bhp, and has powered Red Bull’s performance at Monaco Grand Prix.

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