Red Bull Hopeful New Driver Line-Up & Car Will Help Them Challenge Mercedes

Red Bull is cautiously optimistic about its chances against the Mercedes F1 Team next season.

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After coming second in this year’s Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull is looking to make a significant step forward so they can take the fight to Mercedes in 2021.

Last week, Red Bull announced that Sergio Perez will be replacing Alex Albon at the team in the hopes that this new driver line-up will give them a better shot of battling the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the sharp end of the grid.

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Commenting on their 2021 car development plans, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said:

“We have got the basis of a decent car. We think we know where our weaknesses have been compared to our opponent so that is where we are focusing our development over the winter.”

Roughly 60 percent of this year’s car will be carried over into 2021, and Red Bull believes this should give them a strong foundation to build on. 

“I think the chassis stays the same, suspension elements stay the same, gearboxes carry over. It is the clothes that it is wearing will be different, which is obviously the aerodynamic surfaces,” Horner added.

While aerodynamic development is limited ahead of the shake-up of the regulations in 2022, Red Bull will still be hoping to make significant gains in this department in 2021.

The primary goal of these developments for Red Bull, apart from challenging the incredibly dominant Mercedes cars, will be to find consistency weekend after weekend, with Horner stressing, “We’ve got to be strong on all types of circuit, particularly with a 23-race calendar.”.

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Horner is nevertheless realistic about the challenges Red Bull will face next season:

“Mercedes will have an extremely strong package next year, there is no doubt about that. We have just got to use all the information and tools and data we have to do the best job we can.”

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