Red Bull F1 Boss Horner Denies Mercedes Rake Theory Behind 2021 Regulations

Published 08/16/2021, 7:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Every small change on a Formula One car can result in a big difference in how the car performs during a Grand Prix weekend. As there were new aerodynamic regulations set in place this year, it is widely believed that it has affected their rivals Mercedes more since they follow a low-rake philosophy. So, it is theorized that these regulations were brought in specifically to adversely impact the performance of Mercedes.

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However, the Team Principal of Red Bull, Christian Horner has spoken about this issue. According to him, Red Bull believed that it would affect their cars, which follow a high-rake philosophy more.

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Christian Horner of Red Bull address concerns over aero rules

The aerodynamics of a car can drastically change how it performs on the track during a Grand Prix. Some teams adapt well to the new rules introduced, while others struggle to make the most out of it. When the new regulations were introduced this year, the Raging Bulls were skeptical about the change.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

As quoted from Motorsport.com on being asked to give his thoughts on the aero rules, Horner said, “We were actually concerned the rules were going to have a big effect on the high rake cars.”

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How’s the team doing this season?

The Milton-Keynes based outfit has stepped up their game for the 2021 season and have put on a good championship battle against Mercedes so far.

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Red Bull have won six out the eleven races in the first half of the season, and find themselves in second place in the standings with 291, just behind the Silver Arrows who have 303 points under their belt.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

With the summer break now on, the Raging Bulls will look to bounce back from their disappointing outing at the Hungarian Grand Prixx. They hope to redeem themselves at the upcoming race at Spa for the Belgium GP, and reclaim the lead in the title race from their arch-rivals Mercedes.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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