Jeddah trucks are better suited for Red Bull cars than the team expected – Horner – Race fans – Motorsports

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he has been encouraged by how close the team is to rival Mercedes since the opening day of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Championship leader Max Verstappen Two tenths of a second away from rival Lewis Hamilton’s benchmark pace after a second practice around the new Jeddah Cornish Circuit.. According to Horner, the track will reward cornering performance more than expected before arriving at the recently completed venue.

“The circuit is a bit tighter than the data suggests and the corners are a bit tighter,” Horner told Sky after the second practice. “We weren’t just thinking about focusing on horsepower, so it’s encouraging.

“As you can see, there is a tenth or two between the two cars, between the drivers. With this type of circuit, you can find it. It’s really encouraging for us. “

Verstappen did not waste time pushing immediately from the first minutes of the first practice. Horner says he believes that the challenging and fast nature of the Jeddah circuit suits his team’s title candidates.

“This is a kind of Max circuit,” Horner said. “It’s fast, walls, curbs. You could see him falling in time earlier than anyone else. I told him after the session, he certainly enjoyed it. I’m out. “

Red Bull has previously warned that Mercedes will be the winning team on this circuit due to its strong linear speed. However, after threatening to protest rival rear wing in the previous round in Qatar, Horner has now returned to the same level as his rivals in terms of top speed after the introduction of a new test by the FIA. Said.

“I think we saw a speed convergence after the introduction of the new test in Qatar,” he explained. “We saw very similar speeds here today, so that’s encouraging. Hopefully that’s the case this weekend and the next.”

With Verstappen setting the fastest time of the day on medium tires, Horner explained that the team finds it harder to work with softer compounds.

“The softer the compound, the stronger it feels on the hard tires, the more the tires will switch on and get the most out of it, so there will be a lot of analysis tonight – outlaps and preparations, And all that.

“I think some of you were having a hard time getting the car into the right window when you heard the comment that we were alone, but when you unleash it, there’s a lot of performance. You can see that there is. “

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