Albon Discloses the ‘Little Tweaks’ Red Bull Made to Challenge Mercedes F1

Published 06/24/2021, 11:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Yves Herman


Mercedes have dominated F1 since the dawn of the turbo-hybrid era. They have practically run unopposed for a while now, but that seems to be changing this season. They are now in a head-to-head battle with Red Bull, and the latter have also taken in the lead in championships. Ex-Red Bull driver, Alex Albon, has an insight on how the Austrian team have gained the upper hand this year.

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A part of the Milton Keynes outfit’s driver academy, Albon raced for them from mid-2019-2020. While Sergio Perez replaced him for the 2021 season, Albon is still the reserve driver for the Austrian team.

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It’s those little tweaks that make the difference in the end: Alex Albon

Red Bull has developed a much faster car this year, one that has consistently challenged Mercedes. Albon has seen the changes made to the car first hand, and, according to Racingnews365, he believes that it’s the “little tweaks” that have made all the difference.

NUERBURG, GERMANY – Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the garage during qualifying ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Of course we already had a good car in 2020 and because we have been able to adjust a few small things this winter, we now have a car that is good enough to compete at the front,” said Alex. (Translated via Google Translate)

“(We) tweaked a few little things to the suspension and its tuning. It’s those little tweaks that make the difference in the end. It’s all about the details in the end.

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Albon had struggled with the tricky Red Bull car last year and failed to take the car on the front of the grid consistently. His struggles led to him being dropped by the team for the 2021 season.

“Those little details have made the car less ‘tricky’ than last year. I’m here We are therefore sure that we can fight for the title all season,” said Albon.

SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 15: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018, in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Albon was confident that Red Bull would be better in 2021

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Since last winter, Albon has been working on the Red Bull simulator. Given the work done in the sim, he was confident that Milton Keynes-based outfit would be better this year. “You can really feel a lot in the simulator. Of course, driving a real car is still different, but I could already feel in the simulator that this year’s car would be very good.

“I don’t think it matters much either. Whether we’re driving in a setting with more or less downforce, it’s just that the car feels good in every scenario this year,” said Albon.

Safe to say, the Austrian team have met Albon’s expectations. They are leading constructors’ title by 37 points from the defending champions. Moreover, their star driver, Max Verstappen, is leading the driver’s title by 12 points from Lewis Hamilton.

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Do you think Red Bull can continue this run of form and finally take the constructors’ title from Mercedes? Let us know in the comments!

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