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Ricciardo praises Red Bull chassis strides

Daniel Ricciardo praises Red Bull for focusing on improving the RB11 chassis, but says the Renault engine remains the car's dictating factor.
Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull has done an impressive job to bring the chassis up to speed over the course of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season, but admits the Renault power unit remains too far off the pace.

The Australian has enjoyed a strong second-half to the season in terms of pure pace, typified by his podiums in Hungary and Singapore, though both he and Daniil Kvyat have struggled to mount a consistent challenge against Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams.

Hampered by the underperformance of the much maligned Renault power unit, Ricciardo says Red Bull's form is largely dictated by whether the circuit and conditions can negate the engine.

However, on the occasions where the engine is less of a defining factor, Ricciardo says it is indicative of the improvements made on the chassis side since the start of the season.

“We have had some races that surprised us by being able to keep the Williams and Ferrari behind us for so long. Those races where you can say the car and the package has come a long way but then you get to Austin and when it dried up, wide open down the back straight we were bleeding a lot.

“It has been up and down. The engine has been hard to quantify what we have gained but the chassis has come a long way. Ever since Silverstone there were signs and then since Budapest we have pretty much nailed it. The weekends have gone a lot smoother for us setting up the car and we are not scratching our heads, whereas at the start of the year it was impossible to get a set-up that I liked,

“I was not happy with the car and Danill struggled in the first few races getting to grips with it all. Since then we have had a lot less complaints. The boys have done a really good job. With the power unit it is hard to say – it depends on the conditions but we know we are still too far back from where we need to be.”



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30.10.2015 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
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28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
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28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13

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here4thesun2

November 07, 2015 3:31 PM
Last Edited 6 days ago

107SS2009: Re-branding an engine in itself does not give a right to develop said engine. For one to be classed as a engine manufacturer one has to be the manufacturing that engine.
spot on
FIA development tokens can only be allocated to the manufacturer. Technically speaking no matter the development/modifications done to a jointly owned property, the tokens used are also jointly owned. PS, always remember That the legally maker of a ship is the one that laid the keel (the keel maker/designer” and not the modifier.
This is where the FIA has their fanny to the wind. They require an engine is homologated and that engine can be developed using tokens. The tokens themselves are broken up in different areas of the PU. I cannot see FIA allowing RBR to develop the block with their own tokens. That is the keel in the argument and should be pretty straightforward for FIA to get it right :rolleyes: .

here4thesun2

November 07, 2015 4:09 PM

107SS2009: Here4, The accuracy of the duration was the easiest to predict technically being sure of the time needed to produce a F1 engine crankshaft.
... you say with a grin as you type. I may be able to describe the process needed, know the depts names and who to go to, be able to find and fill out the forms, and could assist the project manager like a good little intern. But being able to estimate the time required from start to finish separates the apprentices from the masters. To me, you may as well ask me how long is a piece of string. And I am in the majority there. Knowledge is a beautiful thing and you cannot buy experience.



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