Bahrain GP

Red Bull, McLaren brace for difficult Bahrain GP

F1 Grand Prix of China
Red Bull-Renault and McLaren-Honda are bracing for a difficult Bahrain grand prix.

Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko’s frustration boiled over in China on Sunday, declaring to Kleine Zeitung newspaper: “With so many problems, this is hardly motor sport anymore.”

Indeed, it was nothing short of a miserable Shanghai race for the former world champions, as engine partner Renault suffered widespread reliability problems across both the senior Red Bull team as well as the junior squad Toro Rosso.

Afterwards, team boss Christian Horner showed a united front in a joint press briefing with Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul, the Briton insisting: “We have a good relationship with Renault, but a number of fundamental issues need to be addressed.”

Abiteboul, however, warned that with mere days separating China and the next race in Bahrain, a quick fix may not be possible.

Asked what Red Bull will do about it, Horner said: “Close your eyes and hope? What else can we do?”

As for McLaren-Honda and its quest to rise from the back of the field, qualifying and the race in Shanghai did not deliver the promise that earlier practice sessions had.

“We should not be too optimistic,” Fernando Alonso admitted to EFE news agency, “because within days we will be in Bahrain and the car will be much the same as it was here.”

Team boss Eric Boullier, however, was offering slightly more hope, saying new aerodynamic parts and mechanical developments are being added to the MP4-30 “at each grand prix”.

“We have practically a new car at every race,” he is quoted by Speed Week. (GMM)

Facebook Comments
Loading...
1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV or any other subsidiary associated with the official Formula One governing organizations The website is an unofficial website, all names and logos used here are property of their respective owners, more specially FORMULA 1, FORMULA ONE, F1, GRAND PRIX and logos and the wide Curves logo are trademarks of Formula One Licensing BV, a Formula One Group Company. Use or depiction of images or trademarks throughout this website is for illustrative and editorial purposes only. Official Formula One information can be found at www.formula1.com

Copyright © 2015 Thisisf1.com

To Top