Horner: 90 per cent of issues are software related
20 March 2014 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says that 90 per cent of the problems plaguing the RB10 are software related.
Red Bull endured a troublesome Australian Grand Prix as World Champion Sebastian Vettel retired early in the race after a power issue, while Daniel Ricciardo was excluded from second place after breaching the fuel flow rate - an accusation which Red Bull contests.
"90 per cent of the issues are software-related - how the energy recovery system is working with the combustion engine," Horner said. "We're tremendously restricted in the driveability of the car - how the torque is delivered - which obviously affects straightline speeds. I think there is room for an awful lot of improvement, but it's working between the engineers in Milton Keynes and [at Renault's base at] Viry-Chatillon to make sure we get the most out of it."
Horner also estimates that Australia winners Mercedes has a second per lap advantage over the opposition.
"I think Mercedes is definitely extremely quick and I should think they were driving to a pace rather than being stretched," he added. "They've probably got more up their sleeve, so we've got quite a lot of work to do. What's encouraging is compared to the rest of the field, we well exceeded our expectations.
"To be racing McLarens and Ferraris after the pre-season that we've had; by the 20th lap we were into new territory in terms of distance completed by the car. I'm sure they didn't fully extend themselves and it looks like they have at least a second in the pocket."