If you’re a RBR fan and you’re also a “glass half full” type of guy, well, that may still be insufficient for you to put up with their performance this season.
After finishing the year 3rd in the Driver Standings, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is currently in a bit of a jam. This year, he’s amassed just 25 points, which currently has him 7th.
The only bright light one could shine on this situation is to argue that any higher than 7th would mean to beat one of the Williams or Ferrari cars, which as of right now would look impossible for the Renault-powered team. Fortunately, Red Bull does have a great driver in Ricciardo – it’s just that he’s struggling to come to terms with his under-performing car.
He was recently quoted as saying “I think last year we lacked power but we were making it up through some high-speed corners and I think we haven’t gained at least in some areas. In some places we’re sort of there or thereabouts but we’re not strong anywhere at the moment.”
This is a big departure from past years, especially when you take into account the massive aerodynamic advantage Red Bull has had over its rivals in all of its championship-winning seasons.
Now that advantage is gone and all they have is a mediocre car that’s still slow through the speed traps. And that was pretty much always the case.
If they don’t improve at all this year, they might find themselves losing their place to Lotus (they’re on the rise) and possibly even another team or two. That would be really bad for them.
Story references: autosport