The Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, has stated that what Lewis Hamilton says about his F1 car is completely far from ‘reality.
The battle to win the championship between Mercedes and Red Bull is very tight, and both teams are always ready to comment about the strengths and weaknesses of the rival.
Hamilton has talked about Red Bull many times this year, for instance: in Spain about the ‘bendy’ rear wings which, he thought, could allow Red Bull to gain three-tenths on the straight.
However, Horner said that many of the things that the seven-time world champion has stated are not true.
“I listen with interest and sometimes some of the theories Lewis has are sometimes some way from reality,” said Horner.
“We run less drag, and we run lower wing, and as a result of that you tend to go a bit quicker down the straight sometimes.”
On the other hand, though, Toto Wolff believes that what Hamilton says should be taken into account since he can judge the Red Bull’s car performance in a better way compared to his W12.
“The driver is in the car and he has the feeling and he sees the traction and pull-away, there was a difference in DRS and non-DRS zones,” explained Wolff.
“It’s pretty clear that the perspective and the feeling that the driver has is really important, especially Lewis, there is no better one to him.
“But what we need to say is that you need to look at the whole thing. There aren’t any miracles. You can’t bring a second power unit that’s homologated and go three-tenths quicker. It was a low-drag configuration; the car was very quick indeed, quicker than ours in qualifying. It is what it is and we need to fix that.”
Wolff added that the choice made by Red Bull to run a low-downforce set up in France helped them on the straights, and that was also why they were quicker than the Silver Arrows.
“The power unit is homologated; you can only come up with reliability fixes and in a way bug-cleaning, so there shouldn’t be any difference,” said Wolff.
“Red Bull chose to run a very low-drag rear wing or generally aero configuration, which clearly when you see the speed differences in Ricard made a big difference. And now it’s about seeing what happens here, but as a matter of fact, they were very strong.
“They ran a low wing and they were still as competitive as us through the corners and that shows that the car has downforce. We just need to do our homework and continue to improve rather than pointing a figure at the engine.
“This is all in the FIA territory and it is much too early to say anything like this, that the engine is more powerful. There are so many things that play a role.”