Christian Horner disagrees with the criticism of the design of the RB16. The team boss of Red Bull Racing sees that many people have doubts about the high ‘rake‘of Max Verstappen’s car, but the British team boss tackles those opinions and points to Mercedes’ car. Nevertheless, constructive, aerodynamic updates are on the way, which should make the RB16 more competitive.
In recent years, Red Bull Racing has been praised for its special car design, especially the high rake of the car (high rear, ed.). Especially in the Vettel era people were superior because of this, but lately Adrian Newey’s design has been getting more and more criticism. Nonsense, according to Horner, who states that the design of the RB16 is very similar to other cars in the field.
Mercedes has also continuously raised the rear of its car over the years, ‘says Horner, who takes a defensive position in an interview with Motorsport.com. ‘If you now compare their car with ours, there is hardly any difference. In that respect, I disagree with the people who say that the high rake concept no longer works. ‘
Horner points to RB16’s overall aerodynamics
Horner therefore thinks that the high rake of the RB16 has to do with the fact that it is difficult to get close to Mercedes. Today’s F1 cars are much more complicated than that. Much also has to do with aerodynamics, such as the underside of the car, the bargeboards and the front wing. Everything has to work together harmoniously for an optimal car. We have to improve our concept there. We have a good idea of what needs to be improved and we have new updates in the pipeline. ‘ (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)