Horner Admits to Red Bull’s Rear Wing Worry Ahead of Saudi Arabian GP

Red Bull are locked in an intense battle for the constructor’s championship with Mercedes. They are currently just five points behind their rivals with just two races to go in the season. But they have endured some aerodynamic problems regarding their rear wings recently. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner also expressed his concerns regarding the issue.

The rear wings are one part that is frozen for the 2021 season, so teams cannot change that part. This has made Red Bull‘s life difficult, as they have been struggling with their DRS wing since Mexico. It has also caused them hindrance in Brazil and Qatar, where they were down in straight-line speed to Mercedes.

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It was the rear wing we preferred: Christian Horner

As reported by Motorsport-Turkey, the Austrian could not use their skinny wing in Qatar because of the issue in the DRS mechanism. They had to use the high downforce in Qatar. Horner mentioned high downforce was their preference, but they may need to use the medium downforce wing for future races.

“It was the rear wing we preferred, and we wanted to go in that direction in terms of tuning,” Horner said.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

But Horner is optimistic that changing the rear wing won’t be an issue for the team.

“If other wings are required in Jeddah or Abu Dhabi, then we will have to straighten the rear wing and find a solution for the DRS mechanism. For durability, solving the part in the activation system won’t be a problem because it’s not a new technology, we’ve been using it for years,” said Horner.

F1 will head to Jeddah next, which is touted as the fastest street circuit in F1. So Horner would be hoping that they can resolve their DRS issue as the long straights and fast nature of the Jeddah track may hurt them.

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