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The big one 💥: Time to step it up
Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull needs improvements in order to stay in the title contention.
Why it matters: Red Bull Racing is currently 36 points away from Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship.
- Verstappen admits that Mercedes was quicker than Red Bull on the track where they had equal chances.
- The Dutchman is sure that Red Bull needs to improve straight-line speed.
What he had to say:
- “Of course, overall, I think we have been at tracks that naturally were a bit better for Mercedes, but then this track was a bit unknown, and clearly they were ahead of us,” Verstappen told Sky Sports.
- “I do think we need to step it up a bit to be in the fight until the end of the season.”
- “It’s what we have to live with, it’s not going to magically disappear, but of course, we’ll try to minimize the damage on the straights.”
Barcelona, Sakhir to host pre-season testing in 2022
Pre-season testing in 2022 will run for eight days, with Barcelona chosen to host five days and Sakhir to host the remaining three.
- Though there were just three days of pre-season testing this year, there will be eight days of pre-season testing in 2022.
- The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which hosts the Spanish Grand Prix, is set to hold five days of testing on February 21st-25th.
- The Bahrain International Circuit will have the remaining three days of testing on March 10th-12th.
Binotto believes new power unit helped Ferrari in Turkey
Mattia Binotto says that Ferrari’s new power unit may have been very helpful to their performance at the Turkish Grand Prix.
- Charles Leclerc was the first Ferrari driver to receive the improved power unit, taking a grid penalty at the Russian Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz’s car was the second to have the engine installed, taking a penalty in Turkey.
- Leclerc was very competitive all weekend and battled with Red Bull and Mercedes for podium positions.
- Sainz fought cleanly and quickly from the back of the grid to finish eighth in the race.
What he had to say:
- “It is giving us a small advantage. I don’t want to quantify it on lap time because it is track-dependent. It’s not only pure ICE power, it’s energy recovery, so it’s a bit complex.”
- “But certainly it’s giving us an advantage. If I look as well at quali with Charles, it was the… fourth [fastest] lap time. If I look behind him, it was very close, and I’m pretty sure that a couple of positions would have been lost without that specification.”
That’s everything we have for you today. Have a good day and see you on Friday 👋