Not Everything is Rosy at Red Bull Honda

Published 02/20/2019, 9:29 AM EST


Testing is well underway in Barcelona as the teams work out their new 2019 cars but an issue may have already arisen at Red Bull. According to some early rumours, the team is unable to run full power due to vibrations caused by the power unit.

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According to ex-McLaren engineer Marc Priestley, the RB15 is currently dealing with a power unit issue caused by the level of vibrations caused by the team’s new Honda power unit.

If the rumour is true, it has left Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly down on power compared to their rivals and in need of a fix as the Red Bull team continues to get to grips with their new power unit partner.

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A rumour that has existed for a while, both McLaren and Toro Rosso have reportedly had to deal with the same kind of issue in the past and it seems as though the Japanese manufacturer has been unable to find a fix to their problem.

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While it is early in the season right now the team will be hoping the issue can be fixed before they arrive in Melbourne for the season opener next month.

With regard to early testing pace, it is Ferrari who have the upper hand at the moment. Even Mercedes admit that they are unable to adapt one of Ferrari’s concepts to their own cars. But then again, their word is almost always taken with a pinch of salt, given that they have a tendency to ‘sandbag’.

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With the problems surrounding Red Bull and Honda, despite the big talk, the Austrian outfit needs to step up their game and get to the bottom of these issues. Will they be addressed by the time Melbourne comes around? or will they go down the McLaren route, only time will tell?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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