Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is hoping that Red Bull team principal Helmut Marko was wrong about its power deficit and that the RB12 will lose 1.2s to its main rival on the Baku straights on Sunday. Ricciardo is also highly confident that the RB12 will have no issue in the Baku track.
“I hope he’s wrong, it sounds like a lot,” Ricciardo said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com.
Recently, Marko has warned his team that Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will lose around 1.2 seconds on Baku’s long straight because of its F1 power deficit.
The Red Bull motorsport advisor was pessimistic ahead of the European Grand Prix, saying that the extremely long straight line in Baku will not benefit Red Bull.
“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,” Marko said in a statement, via the Autosport.com.
Although Ricciardo has already acknowledged that the upcoming European Grand Prix in Baku might not be Red Bull’s best opportunity to win an F1 title this season, Ricciardo is still determined to get the most out of the package that he can.
“I think I’ve got to maximize this weekend for now. It’s hard to know where we’re going to be on this track, with a shot of winning, it’s probably not as good a chance as we’ve had for the last few races,” Ricciardo said, via the Motorosport.com.
The RB12 is an F1 racing car designed by Red Bull Racing to compete in the 2016 F1 season. The car’s chassis is made up of super strong carbon-fibre composite survival cell. It powered by a newly upgraded Renault power unit re-badged as a TAG Heuer following the breakdown in the relationship between Red Bull and Renault in 2015.
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