Red Bull Racing will return to-form in the upcoming European Grand Prix, contends Christian Horner, with the energy drinks-backed outfit's RB6 set to be 'even faster' with the long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated introduction of the F-duct in Valencia.
Sebastian Vettel confirmed late last week that the Adrian Newey-penned, Renault-powered challenger will benefit from the McLaren-pioneered drag-reducing device this weekend [see separate story – click here
], with the Woking-based concern having gained 6mph in terms of straight-line speed from its innovation.
Whilst McLaren's design has been feverishly copied but rarely emulated with as much success by rival teams, Horner is hopeful that chief technical officer Newey's relentless hard work back at base in Milton Keynes to refine the RB6's F-duct will pay off handsomely and help to propel Red Bull back to the front of the field following a disappointing outing in Canada that yielded just fourth and fifth places for Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber.
“The track has fast corners which should suit our car,” RBR's team principal told German publication Auto Bild
, referring to the Valencia street circuit. “In addition, Adrian Newey has spent extra time in the factory to develop our F-duct system – and if it works, we will go even faster on the straights.”
The other recurrent issue for Red Bull Racing thus far in F1 2010 has been niggling reliability woes, with Webber's gearbox problem in Montreal resulting in a five-spot grid drop and a compromised race performance and Vettel similarly suffering from transmission gremlins during the grand prix itself, seeing the team concede the advantage in both the drivers' and constructors title chases as yet more valuable points were lost. Horner, however, insists there is no need to panic.
“They were both different problems,” the Englishman revealed of RBR's Canadian difficulties, before stressing: “We do not have a fundamental problem with the car.”