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Horner does not ‘suspect’ Ferrari cheating

Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating. Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating. With Ferrari so fast on the straights this year, the Red Bull boss recently revealed that the Shell fuel being used by the Italian team in 2018 smells like fruit. “Suspect is the wrong word,” Speed Week quotes Horner as saying. “Obviously Ferrari is doing a very good job with its engine, and the effect of the fuel cannot be underestimated. “Our own partner ExxonMobil is making impressive strides to find more power with Honda. It is a particularly interesting development area,” Horner added. Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto plays down the team’s advantage. “If you look at the speed of the Mercedes, I think they are ...

Three teams to test 18-inch tyres for Pirelli

Three teams have emerged as the favourites to provide cars so that Pirelli can begin on-track testing for the 18-inch tyres for 2021. Three teams have emerged as the favourites to provide cars so that Pirelli can begin on-track testing for the 18-inch tyres for 2021. “If everything goes to plan, the first tests with the new tyres will take place in mid-September,” Pirelli’s Mario Isola told Auto Motor und Sport. The German report said Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault will provide the 2018-spec test cars. Red Bull cannot follow suit, because in 2018 the team was powered by Renault engines. “It’s important to get representative data,” Isola said. He added that the smaller teams are also allowed to provide test cars. But a team manager for a midfield team said...

Red Bull to get new Honda engine in Baku

Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine. Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine. De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, says the more powerful Honda engine will be used by Red Bull in Baku next weekend. Team official Dr Helmut Marko said the upgrade was originally planned for the sixth race in Monaco. “Good news from Honda. For Baku, we’ll get 20 more horses,” he announced. Red Bull-Honda started the year hoping to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari, but while happy with the engine have admitted to “aerodynamic problems”. Team boss Christian Horner is also looking forward to the Baku upgrade. “Honda is making progress on t...

No more race victory target in 2019 – Horner

After three races in 2019, Red Bull no longer has a target for the number of race wins. After three races in 2019, Red Bull no longer has a target for the number of race wins. Prior to the season, buoyed by the promise of the new works Red Bull-Honda pairing, Dr Helmut Marko said he wanted five victories before the season finale in December. “We all know that Helmut is an optimist,” team boss Christian Horner smiled in China. “The truth is that we have no target for the number of wins. Our goal is to reduce the gap to the leaders,” he said. Horner was speaking after both he and Marko acknowledged that Red Bull currently has an “aerodynamic problem”, although things looked better in China. “At the moment the maximum we can do is score points,”...

I remember how to drive – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says he is being “patient” about getting up to speed in 2019, even if some are wondering if the Australian has lost his mojo. Daniel Ricciardo says he is being “patient” about getting up to speed in 2019, even if some are wondering if the Australian has lost his mojo. Many raised their eyebrows when Ricciardo decided to quit Red Bull last year, and they are still raised as the 29-year-old struggles to shine alongside new Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg. “I accept the criticism,” he said in China. “But if you look at another sport like football, someone has three great games and in the next two races he doesn’t score a goal and everyone thinks ‘What happened?’ “When you’re at the highest level in any s...

Vettel ‘not a magician’ – Verstappen

Max Verstappen says he has not been surprised by the early success of Charles Leclerc’s move to Ferrari. Max Verstappen says he has not been surprised by the early success of Charles Leclerc‘s move to Ferrari. The pair were wheel-to-wheel back in their karting days, with Leclerc now joining Verstappen in challenging the likes of top F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. But Verstappen said of Leclerc: “I knew how fast he is. “So I knew that with a good Ferrari Charles would be very strong. And I thought to myself that if Ricciardo could beat Vettel before, then so can Leclerc. “Vettel is a very good driver, I mean he has won four world titles,” Verstappen told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “But he is not a magician or anything in my eyes.̶...

Chinese Grand Prix – Five talking points

The Formula One circus has touched down in China for the third round of the new season. Lewis Hamilton trails Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by one point in the standings following the Briton’s fortunate victory last time out in Bahrain. Here, Press Association Sport dissects the talking points ahead of Sunday’s race. 1. One thousand up for F1 #Race1000 loading… ██████████████]99.9%#ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #F1 pic.twitter.com/YJ2XxCgcqA — Formula 1 (@F1) April 8, 2019 Formula One will celebrate its 1,000th world championship race in China this weekend. Although Shanghai is a fine city, the track – located 20 miles to the north-west of downtown – is a soulless venue. It is also a race which is relatively new to the calendar, too, having joined in 2004. F1 chiefs wanted to stage t...

Father denies Verstappen talks to Mercedes’ Wolff

Max Verstappen’s father has slammed suggestions Mercedes boss Toto Wolff calls the Red Bull driver “repeatedly”. Max Verstappen‘s father has slammed suggestions Mercedes boss Toto Wolff calls the Red Bull driver “repeatedly”. Earlier, Red Bull driver manager Dr Helmut Marko told Auto Bild that the calls have been going on for “months”. It is also rumoured that Verstappen’s Red Bull contract contains a team performance clause that could allow the 21-year-old to move to Mercedes in 2020. But Jos Verstappen said the claims Wolff calls Max are “nonsense”. “Toto never calls Max,” he told De Telegraaf newspaper. “I don’t even think he has his number. “I occasionally speak to Toto, but that makes sense...

Wolff calls Verstappen ‘repeatedly’ – Marko

Max Verstappen has emerged as a shock contender to switch to Mercedes in 2020. Max Verstappen has emerged as a shock contender to switch to Mercedes in 2020. Dr Helmut Marko, the driver manager at Red Bull, has admitted to Auto Bild that Mercedes boss Toto Wolff regularly calls Verstappen and his father Jos. “Toto Wolff calls him and his father repeatedly and has done for months,” Marko said. It is believed a Mercedes switch for Verstappen may actually be possible for 2020, even though the 21-year-old is under contract until 2021. Auto Bild reports that a performance clause in Verstappen’s contract would permit his departure in the event that Red Bull does not perform this year. “I’m relaxed,” Marko insisted. “The clause in Max’s contract sho...

Tiktum not sure if next F1 chance will come

Dan Tiktum says he isn’t sure if and when he will get the next opportunity to drive a F1 car. Dan Tiktum says he isn’t sure if and when he will get the next opportunity to drive a F1 car. Strongly linked to the 2019 Toro Rosso seat for this year, the 19-year-old Briton ultimately ran afoul of the F1 super license rules and this year is instead racing in Japanese Super Formula. But he did get the chance to drive for Red Bull in the young driver test in Bahrain on Wednesday. Asked when he will be seen at the wheel of a F1 car again, Tiktum answered: “At the moment nothing is confirmed. “I will continue to do what I am told and do my job well. I hope I get another opportunity. “I want to believe that I worked well enough this week to continue the cooperation, but...

Verstappen not desperate to be youngest champion

Max Verstappen says it will not be the end of the world if he fails to become F1’s youngest ever champion. Max Verstappen says it will not be the end of the world if he fails to become F1’s youngest ever champion. Red Bull has made it a goal for the 21-year-old Dutchman to beat Sebastian Vettel‘s existing record. Vettel was 23 when he won his first of four titles in 2010. However, it probably won’t happen in 2019, as Verstappen acknowledges that Red Bull needs to improve its current car. “I know the situation, but I will not lose sleep if it doesn’t happen,” he told Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. “It’s difficult anyway. If I do not succeed in these next two years, then I would just try again the next time,” Verstappen added. Verstap...

Ricciardo admits struggling with Renault

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he is struggling to get up to speed at Renault. Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he is struggling to get up to speed at Renault. The Australian left Red Bull to lead the works French team from the cockpit in 2019, but so far he is not standing out next to Nico Hulkenberg. “The car is showing signs of speed, but personally I am still trying to find all of it,” Ricciardo is quoted by Italy’s Autosprint. “I need to find more confidence in the car. I’m still not where I want to be with the braking. Let’s say I’m trying to find some more speed in some areas,” he added. Read Next: Steiner aims fire at Renault over B teams debate >

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