After a certain “dominance” in the last races before the August break of the Formula 1, Red Bull did not return with the same strength and lost ground to Mercedes in the restart of the calendar that took place after the Belgian Grand Prix.
At Turkish GP, the German team dominated with Valtteri Bottas and probably only missed the double due to the suspension of Lewis Hamilton, who started 11th, a situation that has Red Bull Racing adviser Helmut Marko worried.
The Austrian team achieved a double podium with Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, but he was not close to challenging the Finn, a situation that arose since free practice that was led by the seven-time world champion, who still achieved the “unofficial” pole because he received his 10-place penalty due to a engine change.
“We have to think of something because the Mercedes are very fast on the straights,” Marko told the Austrian media. ORF. “They were almost 15 km / h faster in Turkey, similar to when the DRS is activated.”
Although the performance of the silver arrows has increased after the European summer break, their good rhythm has been seen before reaching the holidays.
“It has been like this since Silverstone and the difference is only increasing. I don’t know what we can do with the superiority of its engine, but we have to further optimize our chassis to be able to balance it again.”
Red Bull is second in the constructors ‘standings with 397.5 points to Mercedes’ 433.5 with six dates remaining on the calendar.