Power-unit of this RB13 is not ready to compete with Ferrari and Mercedes. It is necessary an improvement.
They were ready to be behind Ferrari and Mercedes after Melbourne but that gap, of 0,5 seconds per lap, is an indication there is a problem not only in the power-unit but in the chassis too. Verstappen finished fourth at 28 seconds from Vettel after 57 laps. There is no surprise under a certain point of view but nobody is really happy in Red Bull. Until today, the real question is what shall be done to recover the lost time?
Red Bull is waiting an important help from Renault with a better integration of its MGU-K 2017 on RB13 car. They want a qualifying configuration of the engine, something today is missing due to reliability fears. Any update on the engine will come when there will be a rotation of the four power-units available along this season. Already during last winter, engineers thought an update might be possible only after Canada and Helmut Marjo confirms this gossip is true:
“There is a lot of work to do. Our speed developed during the race give us a positive thought. Even so, there is still a lots of things to do On our side as well as on the side of Renault”
Montreal will be an important moment of this season, Red Bull will see if there is a chance to make something good this year or if this is just another season of transition to a better future. In fact, something else will be given in Barcelona to look for another step of improvement. What they have to research at Milton Keynes is to improve the chassis of the RB13. It is an important step to get closer to those who are right now a point of reference:
“I am sure that in case we improve our chassis, we will radically start to see a movement forward into the right direction. Many of our engineers got this opinion as well as our simulations.
Our engine is not delivering enough power. It is better than last year but we must improve our car too. There is not something specific, almost everything is working properly but there is a collection of factors that all together are giving this result. Because when you are missing engine power, you are forced to loose speed when you need aerodynamic load on your car. You have more drag but less speed while the others with the same amount of drag got more speed so they are faster You do not need to be a brilliant mind to understand you can not beat them”