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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.

Details:

  • 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.

Details:

  • 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.

Details:

  • 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 👋

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