The company slogan may claim that the product 'gives you wings', but both Red Bull Racing and 'sister' team Scuderia Toro Rosso will be hoping that the decision to make their own will pay off with strong performances in Canada this weekend.

The aero package and braking capability are the two key areas addressed by teams heading to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with its long straights and heavy stopping areas, and both Red Bull teams - like their rivals - were busy testing their options during the Paul Ricard test that preceded the last race weekend in Monaco.

"We will be running new front and rear wings to suit the low downforce nature of the track," Toro Rosso's Giorgio Ascanelli confirmed, "The front wing also requires new bargeboards and all these items will have their first track test on Friday. For now, we're having to trust in our wind tunnel data."

RBR's Adrian Newey revealed that the RB3s of David Coulthard and Mark Webber would be running a new, smaller rear wing in Montreal.

"We tested our Montreal configuration on the last two days of the Ricard test before Monaco, and the rear wing we ran at this test was a cut-down version of our Melbourne wing, so Montreal will be the first outing for our definitive low downforce rear wing," the aerodynamicist revealed, "However, we also have to comply with a new deflection test introduced by the FIA to ascertain if your rear wing is flexing illegally."

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's status as a road/street course also poses problems for the teams when it comes to tyre choice, containing elements of both Monaco and the more traditional F1 venue.

"Of course, we will have new braking solutions for this track, which is the hardest on brakes, while also keeping some elements of our Monaco package as Montreal is also a soft tyre, bumpy circuit," Ascanelli explained, "There will also be further changes aimed at improving reliability."

Newey also has reliability in mind after seeing Webber again yield a point-scoring opportunity in Monaco when his car failed. RBR has but one points finish this year - courtesy of Coulthard in Spain - and is desperate to get the RB3 performing to its full potential.

"Like most teams, we will be focusing some attention on our brake ducts, as this is the hardest circuit on brakes on the calendar, but we are also trying to get on top
of our reliability problems, which have centred on gearbox electrics and hydraulics," he confirmed, "I think we have moved forward on that front."

Coulthard will benefit from a fresh Renault engine for the Canadian race, which could give him an advantage on the long runs, but Webber will be running the unit he used for a short time in Monaco.

 

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