The Spanish Grand Prix not only heralds the start of the European season, but also the race Formula 1 teams often choose to bring their first key upgrade package of the campaign. For Red Bull, Team Principal Christian Horner says fans can expect a “fairly subtle” update at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya…
Red Bull-Honda arrived in Australia buoyed by a strong pre-season and that hope was rewarded with a shock podium in the season-opener. Bahrain was trickier, with the team struggling with set-up issues, but they found the cause and have been working to rectify it.
Their pace showed a marked improvement in Baku, with the performance in the race – when Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly showed speed that was stronger than that of Mercedes and Ferrari for long periods – giving Horner reason to be hopeful for the future.
Over the years, some teams have brought major update packages to Spain, some so big it essentially forms a B-spec car, while others have moved to a strategy of bringing smaller updates consistently across the season.
Spain represents a good chance to introduce a large update because of the location being relatively close to teams’ factories, while the circuit is one they know well having tested there so much, so they can get a good read of the new parts.
Red Bull have opted for what Horner describes as a “fairly subtle” upgrade for Spain. He added: “It’s basically an evolution so it’ll be the usual front and rear wings upgrades. It’s evolution rather than revolution. [The] development is focused on different aspects of balance, degradation, all of those things.”