Red Bull can’t keep developing like this forever

( – Max Verstappen’s second straight win of the season at the weekend in Miami showed that recent developments in cars have given Red Bull an edge. Meanwhile, Ferrari, which has lost its lead since the start of the season, has consciously chosen so far against major updates.

Thanks to updates, Red Bull has regained the upper hand over Ferrari for the time being


With all teams under the $140 million budget ceiling this year, Scuderia believes Red Bull’s massive spending early in the season will see the contender pay the price later when their development budget runs out.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is not worried about Red Bull’s recent strong performance. “I’ve always said we have to wait at least five races to judge the right competition between the cars. Now it’s five races and we’re leading both championships, which is great, so we shouldn’t be too disappointed.” The Italian.

Binotto: The difference is not great

“But it’s true that Red Bull has improved their car. They’ve been in upgrades since the start of the season, and if you look at the last two races, they were probably a few tenths faster than us,” he analyzes.

“I don’t think the differences are huge. It’s a few tenths at most. We should also not forget that we took the lead for ourselves on Saturday. So overall I don’t think there’s much difference at the weekend between Red Bull and Ferrari.”

However, Binotto knows: “There’s no doubt that we have to make our own upgrades to keep up with the pace. I hope Red Bull stops development at some point because there’s also a budget limit, otherwise I don’t understand how they can do that. That’s definitely a source worry they have.”

Ferrari plans update package for Barcelona

Ferrari is planning its first major upgrade package for the upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix in Spain. Binotto is under no illusion that Barcelona’s upcoming developments will be crucial to being able to catch up again: “In the next few races we will at least try to develop as much as possible on the car through upgrades.”

“I think it is not surprising that we at Barcelona will have a package that will be important for us. As always, I hope the package we have put in place will work as expected and in this case it will be good enough to try to catch the gap,” said the team boss.

At the same time, to plan for the rest of the season, Binotto stresses that due to the financial constraints that have been put in place to stay within budget, promotions should be used sparingly this year.

Photos: Ferrari, F1: Miami Grand Prix (USA) 2022

“We don’t have the money to upgrade each race individually,” he says. “Not because we can’t, but because of budget constraints. So we have to try and focus development on the time we think is the right time and the right spending.”

Charles Leclerc, who had to admit defeat to Verstappen in Miami, is optimistic that this will work. “I’m not worried. Of course they’ve improved,” he said, addressing Red Bull’s improvement in form. “I think we all expected them to improve. They are a very strong team and we know that, so it is not surprising.”

“But I’m also confident in my team and I’m sure they will improve and get us back to the top. We’re doing really well and we’ve done that over the past few years to get back on top. So I hope these upgrades will help us challenge them again.”

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