Red Bull correlation between simulator and track “does not work”

Jaden Diaz
26 May, 2024

With Ferrari rising to the pressure and taking Pole Position in Monaco, Red Bull was pushed down the pecking order. Although the reigning Champions are still in a strong position, the RB20 is proving increasingly beatable. Ferrari and McLaren are exposing weaknesses that were previously hidden by the Austrian team’s dominance. However, there are genuine concerns at Grove – as Helmut Marko reveals.

At the end of last season, the gap between Red Bull and the chasing pack began to close. Fred Vasseur’s personnel made important strides, especially in terms of race pace. This has allowed the Italian team to have a consistent baseline to build upon in 2024.

McLaren’s trajectory has been even more impressive, rapidly eliminating the gap to Red Bull. It took a super lap from Verstappen (assisted with some slipstream) that gave him Pole Position and a slender margin of victory in Imola.

However, the Dutchman could not bail out his team’s issues in qualifying – only managing P6. His difficulties have been clear all weekend, as the RB20 fails to meet the demands of the Monte Carlo Circuit.

With Perez down in P18, Christian Horner’s squad could lose a lot of points in the Constructor’s standings.

RED BULL SUFFER FROM CORRELATION ISSUES

The issue at Red Bull is not just a circuit-specific one, says Helmut Marko. He explains that Red Bull’s correlation between the track and the simulator is not fully accurate. When their advantage over their rivals becomes smaller, this problem is magnified:

“Our basic problem is not track-specific. The correlation between the simulator and the track does not work,” he told Sky Germany.

“On the simulator, we drive over the curbs without any problems, and here, the car jumps like a kangaroo. That is where we have to start. Hopefully, we will find our form again on real race tracks.”

Thanks to the ascendance of McLaren and Ferrari, Red Bull’s vulnerabilities are more visible. Even George Russell in the W15 managed to qualify ahead of the reigning World Champion.

Whilst Mercedes are obviously still behind Red Bull, yesterday’s result remains significant.

Moving forward, the margin of error will only get smaller for the Austrian team. Norris and Piastri have cemented themselves as one of the strongest line-ups in F1. Leclerc and Sainz are also in this category.

Therefore, when the RB20 is not up to scratch, the results can be devastating.

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